Never Evers Paperback – 7 Jan 2016
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Ivison and Ellen have brought us another book as funny, cringeworthy and brilliantly mad as the last ... Never Evers has heart, LOLs and the Psycho Sex Death Squad - it's Ivison and Ellen at their very best. (Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher)
Sweet, moving, relatable and genuinely hilarious. (Lisa Williamson, author of The Art of Being Normal)
Never Evers is exactly what a teen book should be. I gobbled it whole in a day. Everyone who likes enjoying life should read it. (Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?)
This book perfectly captures the highs and lows of the early teenage years. (The Sun)
I raced through this book in just a couple of hours; it's an incredibly quick read because the two authors' writing style makes it far too much fun to want to put it down. Massively recommended to everyone who enjoys hilarious contemporary stories. (YA Yeah Yeah)
I have been looking forward to Never Evers for ages after adoring Lobsters last year. Having now read it I can happily say it was just as fab as I have hoped it would be ... Lots of funny. Lots of teen awkwardness. I loved it. (The Overflowing Library)
This book is utterly brilliant! Funny throughout and extremely entertaining. I was laughing from the first paragraph and continued to giggle until the end. (Serendipity Reviews)
The alternating perspectives are pitch perfect and wonderfully (sometimes cringe-worthily) authentic. Laugh-out-loud funny ...(Booktrust)
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Never Evers is about Mouse and Jack. Mouse is a ballet dancer who has been kicked out of a prestigious school. She has been told that she doesn’t have what it takes to be a ballet dancer. Jack just wants to be kissed. It is your classic boy meets girl story but what would any story be without conflict? Obviously there are going to be obstacle – jealous girls, famous popstars and hamsters.
The latest novel from Ellen and Ivison is brilliant. For me, their writing partnership creates stories that are similar to the Louise Rennison Angus Thongs series – funny, endearing and cringe-worthy in the best possible way. Read Never Evers and then read Lobsters – trust me, they are seriously funny.
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Having never been a teenage boy (or had much to do with them, going to a girl’s school) I probably connected less with Jack and his friends, but that’s predictable I guess. I still really enjoyed them as characters – they were likeable but also a bit irritating/gross/girl obsessed (as I imagine all teenage boys are!) The way they talk about women did kind of irritate me, but it did feel like accurate teenage boy talk: if they’d been super respectful and PC about everything then it would have felt forced.
You can see where the plot is going even from the blurb, but it’s a well written and enjoyable ride and I raced through it. There’s wonderful moments of silliness that made me laugh out loud, some classic high school bitchiness and a sweet little romance that blossoms throughout. I really enjoyed this book, and will now make sure I read Lobsters soon too!
Mouse isn't having the best time after being kicked out of ballet academy and having to return to her old school, where she is thrown straight into a school ski trip. Mouse really doesn't want to go, especially as there are classmates there not so thrilled at her return. Jack is also heading to the ski resort and along with his friends they are determined to get their girl kissing count off it's non-existence. Neither know the other is there, until they of course meet...
Tom and Lucy really brought back memories of what it was like to be fourteen again and Mouse reminded me a lot of what it was like to be 14 and the angst that you go through. I actually really liked the plot idea; in reality I guess it could seem a bit far-fetched, but the way it was told just seemed so plausible. The setting of the ski resort seemed perfect to the point that I felt transported.
Perfect dual narrative, the switch between Mouse and Jack's POV worked really well and I liked switching back and forth between them. It was also really interesting to see a fourteen year old boys' side as well, which I remember being very much a mystery at school.
This was funny, fun and had some really great characters that you found yourself liking or disliking in some cases, instantaneously. What was also really quite adorable was Mouse's friendship with Keira and Connie. Their friendship is how all friendships should be like- sticking together no matter what.
Despite the meaner side of teenage girls and Mouse having to rethink her dream, Never Evers really was a lovely bit of escapism. It has made me want to read more stories like it as it felt a refreshing and light read to cheer you up in the winter months.