Saturday, November 21, 2015

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

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.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

This book is… something.

I know, I know. I couldn’t have chosen a more vague way of describing it but Never Never really is something. Something weird, something new and everything in between.

The book is a mystery in itself. It starts with Charlie at school looking at some books she accidentally dropped. She doesn’t remember who she is, where she’s at, what time it is. Nothing.
Her entire life is blank up until that moment.

The book is told in two points of view, Charlie’s and her boyfriend Silas who has also lost his memories.
(This is completely irrelevant, but was I the only one who thought of this guy while reading about Silas? 
No, just me? Alright…)

There was something compelling about watching these two figuring out who they were and what was happening to them. Their relationship, although seemingly perfect to the outside world, was incredibly flawed and it makes you want to see why Charlie and Silas, although clearly in love, would go to such lengths to hurt one another (I can’t reveal much because it would be a spoiler).

If I had to point out any problems within this book, it would be the lack of communication to elongate the drama/plot. After reading Confess, also by Colleen Hoover, I see that this is a common team of her. In Never Never Charlie and Silas don’t tell anybody that they have lost their memories because “people would think they are crazy” and, although I can understand at first why they would be reluctant to share this, at some point it becomes annoying.

There is no real reason to drag out the confession for so long, especially when they could have gotten much needed help, instead of doing it all by themselves. Their argument that other people would think they are crazy for not remembering becomes useless after being used for so long; maybe they are not “insane” but I wouldn’t call losing your entire memories being ok, either.

If anything Never Never most surprising achievement is, in my opinion, the creation of a plausible instalove.
Charlie and Silas team up the second they realize they are both going through the same thing, and fall in love in a matter of days. Usually by this point in a novel I would be fuming, but the authors show you their relationship in a way that it’s believable. Even though they have issues and their relationship before the memory loss was almost ruined, you want for these two people to keep trying and find a way back to one another.

The book itself was short, and it didn’t help that the mystery had me devouring its pages, making it last even less.

To sum up, even though Never Never is not without its flaws, it’s certainly worth a read.

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