Published by: Hoover Ink, 7th January 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Completed: 10th January 2016
Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.
Damn that cliffhanger.
I wanted to put my hands on either side of face and say no! Like the emoji.
This is my first Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher read and wow, I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did! I am really gobsmacked. I think I may be off to a good reading start this year. More thrillers, less contemporary.
I have nothing but good things to say about this book.
This is about our two main characters Charlie and Silas who have been friends ever since they’ve were young and are supposed to be in love. The story is written in alternating POVs. Both characters have lost their memory whilst they are in school and thus have no idea who they are, where they are, how they got there, where they live, who their family and friends are. In a nutshell, they are trying to find out who they are and why this is happening to them. Along with us, the reader, we are also trying to find out the mystery with them.
What I found so bizarre about Charlie and Silas’ memory loss is that they have knowledge of celebrities, days of the week, know how to drive and get to school, ironically. So strange on what their memory loss allows them to remember and what to forget.
From beginning to end, this is such a page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. I just wanted to know more and more. The mystery aspect really intrigued and captivated me. There are just so many questions that need answering! The pacing was really good for a 151-page book, as it was never slow.
I really liked Silas. He has a very sarcastic and funny personality. He was my favourite part of the book, even though he is basically your typical New Adult attractive male character. Being in a situation where you have no idea who you are can be an extremely overwhelming and vulnerable experience. I think Silas took it well; he tries to go along with it. Charlie, on the other hand takes it a bit harder. She’s a cold person, mostly because she is vulnerable. Together they try to piece the puzzle together and learn surprising things about themselves such as the kind of person they are, as well as what went wrong in their relationship and their families.
I’m not going to say too much because of spoilers, as you should get into reading this not knowing much.
I’ve heard a lot about this ending, so I’ve had it coming but man, that cliffhanger was a plot twist! As soon as I read that last chapter, I just knew which direction it was going. I thought you can’t just end it there and leave me hanging, but then again it was a good cliffhanger for the story and I did like how it ended. My only negativity is that this book ended too quick. I thought is this it?!
I tend to stay away from New Adult and Colleen Hoover altogether because I just have a feeling I won’t like it. I don’t think I will pick up Hopeless or Ugly Love but maybe November 9 it sounds interesting somewhat. I’ve never heard of Tarryn Fisher before but since looking it up, she is also a well-known New Adult romance writer. Never Never, I believe is more on the Young Adult genre, mostly because our main characters are in High School. It had the perfect blend of mystery, suspense with a smidge of romance to make it an unputdownable book. I loved it so much and it is getting me quite pumped to read the next book! I think it would make such a great standalone book with part 1-3 combined together.
Here are some of my favourite quotes:
“We’re branded. You and me. We are so in love, Charlie. You feeling it yet? Do I make your heart go pitter patter?”
“My drawers are neat. I must have OCD. I toss around the socks and underwear to see if I can piss myself off.”
“Before, when I looked at her, she was just the girl who as experiencing this weird phenomenon with me. Now when I look at her, she’s the girl I’ve apparently made love to for a while. The girl I apparently still love. I just wish I could remember what it’s supposed to feel like.”