Sunday, January 11, 2015

Review: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Taryn Fisher

Never Never Synopsis:
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.

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3.5 star Review by Bill Downey (Lisa'a Hubs) 

I  read a review copy of Never Never going in blind,  with no idea of the storyline, having avoided other reviews. I had no preconceived expectations other than knowing it was co-written by two authors whose work I adore.  It is a cute, quick read and to say it ends in a cliffy is the understatement of the decade, kind of like calling Mount Everest a hill . I felt very frustrated while reading this book, my one track guy mind analogy is like expecting hot, intense uninhibited sex and getting a quick peck on the cheek.  Here’s why-while there are lots and lots of questions there is not One. Single.  Answer. 
I  have no problem with cliffy’s at all but give me something . If even just a few of my questions had been answered by the end I would have at least felt a little better but it wasn’t “ in the cards “ 

“This card” she says slowly, “ is your outcome card. Combined with the other cards in the reading, this gives you the answer to why you are here.” She flips the card over. The woman doesn’t move. Her eyes are locked on the card beneath her fingertips. I look down at the outcome card. There are no words on it. No title. No picture.  The card is blank. 

Charlie (short for Charlize ) and Silas are two high schoolers that suddenly in the middle of class have no idea who they are. The memories they had of themselves and all of the relationships in their lives are wiped clean. They do have some random recall for things like the password for a laptop, names of celebrities,  words to songs etc.  They quickly realize that they are both in this predicament together and were a long time couple before this happened to them. They set out to find out all they can about themselves but once they do , will they like the people they were? What about the relationships they had with their parents, siblings, friends?  What would they change; in the end would they still be a couple ? 

As the investigation to uncover who they are progresses,  Charlie and Silas find out many disturbing things going on that their current “born again minds” find hard to believe. Things about the riffs that exist in their families, and some ugly truths about their parents.  But some of the harshest truths are about themselves and the things they’ve done behind each other’s backs. 
But just as we begin to get close to some answers, something happens and whatever progress they had, will amount to nothing.  I enjoy a good mystery, but this book has too  many questions, and no answers.   Although I felt no real connection with these characters the story itself did provide some entertainment. There were parts I enjoyed and for that reason I would still give it 3.5 stars.  

“I close my eyes and pull away from her. I run my hands through her hair, the frustration of the day catching up to me. I can make light of it all with my jokes. I can dismiss her theories – from tarot readings to fairy tales – simply because it doesn’t make sense to me. But she’s right. None of this makes sense. And the more we try to uncover the mystery, the more I feel like we’re wasting our damn time.”

Colleen’s Bio
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday, Finding Cinderella, and Ugly Love. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. 

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Tarryn’s Bio
Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times bestselling author of Mud Vein.  She was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of her childhood. She moved to Seattle just for the rain. She reads and writes more than she sleep. She spends way too much time on Facebook and Instagram and drinks sick amounts of Starbucks.

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