Despite hearing tons of good things about Colleen Hoover, I’d never read one of her books. But never say never, right? (Yes, this review is going to be filled with references to the title, sorry, or not really sorry, haha). About one month ago, my incredible twinnie Fadwa @ Word Wonders and I decided to get into that book. More like, these three short, addictive books. Because once we start, we can’t stop.
Three A : Amnesia, Addictive, Anticipation
“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”
If there’s one thing I love, besides the best friend trope, and contemporary books, and…okay, well in the list of things I love, this “amnesia” trope is among my favorites. I am fascinated by the brain, and really, stories about amnesia just make me want to jump up and now because it’s so exciting and what happened to them?! This is what happens, in this book: amnesia hit, and HARD. Silas and Charlie can’t remember their own names, their relationship to each other, and their family. They can remember song lyrics and how to work a car window, but they’re clueless about so many obvious things in their lives. And they can’t understand why. Right from the synopsis that book was making me curious, but when I opened it, it was over: I was completely addicted, and I couldn’t stop reading, because I NEEDED to know what happened to them. Every time I closed the book, I was looking forward to opening it again to get back into the story, get more clues, and see what would happen to them next.
Little detectives are looking for lost feelings
“I want to feel that again. I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie.”
The fact that Never, Never, is told from a dual POV certainly helped that matter… but to be honest, it kind of lowered a bit my love for the book, at times. On the one hand, we have Silas, wonderfully sweet, little detective Silas, trying to figure things out, fiercely protective of that girl he barely remembers, kind of stubborn, lost and confused as well obviously, a charmer with a smile and definitely a great book boyfriend, I’m guessing. Going through the story, seeing him slowly figuring out the truth, I felt like I could see him grow a bit, learn from who he was, and who he wants to be. I really liked his point of view and it was definitely my favorite part. On the other hand, we have Charlie. Sadly, I had a bit more trouble with her, as she’s such a stubborn, kind of mean character at times. It’s understandable in the end, given everything that happened to her and her family, but I had a hard time getting accustomed to her, and it’s only towards the end of the third book that I ended up really liking her, and who she was becoming. We could see her shell crack, and I liked what was underneath. Too bad it didn’t crack a bit before. Together? We have a good chemistry and people you will root for, especially towards the end. Lovers of love stories and ESPECIALLY that best-friend-I-have-known-you-forever kind of trope, this is for you. The amnesia definitely brings something more to the table, and makes us CRAVING for things to be right between the two of them.
From the rush of the rollercoaster heights, to the sadness of coming back on the ground
“I want to know if she’s wondering the same thing I’m wondering: What does Never Never mean?”
Never, Never, could have been a 4,5 stars, if it weren’t for that ending. I heard it was supposed to be a disappointment, and, sadly, everyone saying this was right, it was. Right from the first pages, I was so into the mystery, looking at every clue, building up ideas in my mind on how things were supposed to be, and then, well…when explanation time was there, I was screaming “THAT’S IT” at my book. For such an addicting book, I expected more of a compelling, tragic, or even mind-blowing explanation for their amnesia, the whole mystery we’re hooked on for three books. But it was nothing like that, sadly. It didn’t make the book BAD, or made me hate it. It was a “good” explanation, and it was definitely NOT something I saw coming, but it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. I expected so much more. Just like I told Fadwa after we were done reading it, this book was like going into an incredible restaurant, but leaving it hungry and craving for more.
I’ll be honest here: Never, Never’s blurb is a tiny bit making us hope for INCREDIBLE things. If I were to make a check-list, it would go like this: suspense: YES. Heart-pounding story (and love story): YES. Good characters: Yes (not in capitals, though). Page-turner: YES YES AND YES. But ending: kind of a let-down. If you are looking for all of those huge YES above, then just GO for it. I’m sad I have to lower that rating because of the ending, but Never, Never, was still one crazy ride.
Final rating: 3 drops!
Did you read Never, Never? What did you think about that ending? Do you want to read it?
What are your thoughts on FANTASTIC books…right up until the end that ruins everything? Do you lower your rating because of a bad ending, or not?
Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher, Never, Never, First ebook published by Hoover Ink, January 7th 2015.
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.