Title: Never Never: Part One of Three
Series: Never Never
Author: Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Publisher: Hoover Ink
Release Date: January 7, 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.
All book reviews I write are spoiler-free!
I discuss this book more in-depth (with spoilers) in my book discussion.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Never Never is a new adult “novella series” that’s composed of three novellas around 150 pages each. I went into this story with high expectations because of the authors and the hype. I was not disappointed.
This novella is fairly lighthearted, compared to other mysteries, and set in a high school where the main characters are 18. I think this series is considered new adult because there are a few (lightly) sexual scenes and some harsh realities.
While reading, I was turning pages frantically to find out what happened next, and I finished this novella fairly quickly. The mystery in the series is very unique. I won’t say more than that because it’s really fun to learn what the mystery is.
The romance gave me toothaches, in a good way. It was really sweet, fun to read, and it made me smile a lot. However, there were times that the girl was playing too hard-to-get for no legitimate reason, which I thought was irritating, but I know that some readers like that. There was also another aspect in the romance that I really disliked, but I won’t divulge what that is to avoid spoilers.
There’s not much more I can say about the actual story because of the nature of it. As you can see from the synopsis, it’s made purposefully vague so that the reader can enter the novella basically blind. All you really know is that it involves a male and female, so there’s likely a romantic aspect to it. That’s all I knew going into the novella, and I had a really fantastic reading experience.
Even though I loved this first novella, I don’t think I’ll continue with the series. I want to stop reading the series before it actually ends because I don’t want the last novella to ruin my perception of this series. If you see the Goodreads and Amazon reviews on these three novellas, the downhill slope is comical. On Goodreads, the first and second novellas have ratings around 4.2 out of 5 stars. The third novella has a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. That’s not something that I want to see when reading a mystery since the ending is arguably the most important part of the story.
There was a huge build-up in this novella and it ended on a major cliffhanger. I could only imagine how much more the second novella would build-up the mystery… So, I did it. I actively looked for the spoilers of the end of the third novella. I know, I know, it’s a reading taboo. I never do stuff like that, unless I know for a fact that I won’t be finishing a series or book. That’s what happened in this case – the star ratings and the non-spoiler reviews convinced me enough to not trudge through the rest to get to the ending.
In a way, I’m choosing not to read the next two novellas because I loved this story so much. After reading summaries of the next two novellas and finding out the “solution” to the mystery at the end of the third novella, I’m glad that I didn’t go on to read them.
Would I recommend this novella and series? Well first, I wish the authors made this novella series into one book because this novella was over too quickly, so that’s something to keep in mind. I do think this first novella was really good and I would be reading the next two without hesitation had I not known that the ending would be such a disappointment. Now that I know the ending however, due to my research of spoilers, I would only recommend this series to people who are okay with an ending that is… Not very original? I don’t know how else to describe it without giving it away. I’ll write a discussion post on this novella and reveal series spoilers at the end of it, so that anyone who’s curious can find them fast and easily.
With that all being said, I still encourage people who are interested in a fast-paced and page-turning romantic mystery to pick this novella up. Although I won’t be reading the next two novellas in this trilogy, I’m glad that I read this one. It was a lightly suspenseful, sweet and thoroughly entertaining read.