Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Review: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Title: Never Never (Never Never #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Enjoyment Rating: ***
Source: Kindle
Content Alert: Teen sex and swearing

A girl gains consciousness in a New Orleans high school, but she doesn't know who she is or why she is there. The reader follows along as she tries to piece together her history, and she quickly learns that her name is Charlie, her best friend since childhood/boyfriend is Silas, and that he has also lost his memory. Together they try to piece together their history, which involves warring families a la Romeo and Juliet, before time runs out and their memories reset.

I've never read anything by either Colleen Hoover or Tarryn Fisher, but I understand that both are popular YA romance authors. Never Never is written in a similar way to Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist or Will Grayson, Will Grayson, where one author writes for each POV character. I found both Charlie and Silas to be interesting and engaging, and both authors definitely know how to propel a story forward and keep their audience interested. Many readers are disappointed by the fact that these novellas (the first two are 150 pages apiece) constitute a whole story over the three books, but don't stand alone as individual stories. There is no resolution of a minor story arc in this novel, with the ultimate resolution coming at the end of the trilogy. Instead, there's a big cliffhanger, and bam! see you in the next book. Of course, the books were published as $7.99 paperbacks or $2.99 Kindle reads, so the entire series is not that much more expensive than a single brick of a novel. I'm not sure what the rationale was for publishing the story this way, but it means a little loss of momentum for me as a reader since I didn't dive right into the second book immediately.

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