Tuesday, 5 January 2016
Review: Never Evers by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
I really enjoyed Lobsters, a book that this duo have previously written together, so when I saw they had a new book coming out I knew I had to read it. Knowing what to expect from these two authors, I could not wait to dive in when Never Evers arrived, but once I began reading I somewhat disappointed.
Never Evers was a book that made me laugh, and made me want to slap Lauren and her followers in the face, but it didn't blow me away like I expected it to. The story begins very vague, with Mouse (Matilda) not wanting to go on a school ski trip, and having to go with friends, Connie and Kiera, who she doesn't particularly like. I thought this was mean of her, The friends she went with accepted her back into the group like she hadn't been gone, they picked up the friendship fast and included Mouse in everything, but because Mouse initially didn't like how they acted she was very moody about it all.
Jack is going with his friends, Max and Toddy. They go to a different school and meet the girls upon their arrival at the resort. If I'm being honest I did like Jack and Toddy, but Max really annoyed me, wanting to be the best, wanting to be someone who he wasn't, in any way, shape or form. He acted more like a child than the age he was meant to be. I could have happily stood him next to Lauren and slapped them both.
The idea behind Never Evers was nice, I liked the whole mistaken identity with a pop star, and the very reluctant girl being spotted, but overall the story itself didn't really do much for me. Most of the secondary characters were easy to forget, with me only really remembering the ones I liked or wanted to slap. A lot of time was spent making plans, or wondering in the snow, or skiing, and the plot eventually got lost on me.
Overall Never Evers was an OK read while it lasted, I liked the snow and some of the characters. But looking back now, I really don't think I could tell you what happened or pinpoint the characters.