Jul 30, 2015

Blog tour: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Hello, all! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Adi Alsaid's newest novel Never Always Sometimes! It's about two best friends (who are maybe more) who do all the things on the list they created of things they'd never do in high school. And I have Adi on the blog today sharing what things he wishes he would've done in high school. Plus I have all the info on Never Always Sometimes and there's a giveaway you just might want to enter, so give it a look see!

RachelWhat do you wish you would have done in high school, or would you recommend people do in high school?

AdiI know a lot of people like to say that they wouldn’t change a thing about their pasts because it led them to who they are today and they like who they are and yadda yadda yadda. While all that’s true, I think it’s not entirely honest to say we wouldn’t change a thing about our high school experiences. Most of us in high school are not fully ourselves yet. It’s only natural that once we discover a little more of who we are, we look back and reimagine what could have been.

My high school experience was pretty good. I had friends and passions and not too many troubles, outside of a few unrequited crushes. But I was shy, shier than I wanted to be. Eventually, in college, I broke free from my shell and started doing all the things I wish I’d done in high school: talked to people, allowed myself to be weird, pursued activities and people that I was interested in.

I think I would have had more fun if I’d broken out of my shell before high school. I’d written funnier papers for school, gone to more parties, talked to more classmates, whatever clique they may have been in. I would have been less quiet about my crushes, more willing to try new things. I feel I missed out on a variety of experiences because of my shyness and reticence, and while those missed experiences eventually led to me breaking out of my shell and becoming who I am now, I’m sure past me would have rather had those experiences sooner rather than later. That’s basically what Dave and Julia do throughout Never Always Sometimes, and though I wasn’t consciously thinking about it in terms of re-experiencing my own days in high school, I’m sure it’s not a coincidence.

TitleNever Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publishing Date: August 4, 2015
Pages: 320
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Never date your best friend

Always be original

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken 

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school. 

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember. 

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.

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  1. I'm super excited for this book because it looks like a perfect summer read!!

  2. I've heard such great things about this book, and I'm so excited to read it. I love how it's actually the guy who is pining after a girl. It's usually the other way around. Hope I win *fingers crossed*

    Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

  3. I've heard a lot about this author, and I think this book would be the perfect story to wrap up the summer <3

  4. I love the POV of this book! Can't wait to read it - and get inside a male's head!


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