Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Review: Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always by Elissa Janine Hoole


Title: Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always
Author: Elissa Janine Hoole
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 8th November 2013

Tell Me About It
Cassandra fears rocking the family boat. Instead, she sinks it. Assigned by her English teacher to write a poem that reveals her true self, Cassandra Randall is stuck. Her family's religion is so overbearing, she can NEVER write about who she truly is. So Cass does what any self-respecting high school girl would do: she secretly begins writing a tarot-inspired advice blog. When Drew Godfrey, an awkward outcast with unwashed hair, writes to her, the situation spirals into what the school calls "a cyberbullying crisis" and what the church calls "sorcery." Cass wants to be the kind of person who sticks up for the persecuted, who protects the victims the way she tries to protect her brother from the homophobes in her church. But what if she's just another bully? What will it take for her to step up and tell the truth?
My Thoughts
I really don't know what to say about this book, I read the synopsis and knew I had to read Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always, but once I began reading I found it difficult to muster up the energy to pick it up and read, what should have taken me a few hours to read ended up taking a whole week.

The idea behind Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always was good, but the way it is written didn't really interest me, the protagonist felt flat, and while she goes on about wanting to do the right thing, she happily follows what others do and say, rather than making a stand for herself. The only person who was remotely interesting was Darin, I loved his personality and how he tries to inspire Cassandra and is one of the few people that sticks by her.

When truth was revealed I was expecting a big revelation but it just fell into the background and blended in with the rest of the plot. I continued reading to see what would happen and if some major event would suddenly make Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always more interesting, unfortunately for me nothing jumped out. There was a lot of background events going on, bullying, love, religion, finding out what you really believe in, drinking, and I think that it was just a bit too much going, some of it got lost in the pages.

I had huge expectations for Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always but it just didn't reach them. Was this a likeable read, yes I did finish the book so there was something that kept me interested, but I don't think I would read this one again.

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