A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Portrays some typical high school behaviors, some of them risky and illegal.
Be open to new experiences. Don't be afraid of difficult decisions.
Positive Role Models
Loyal friends Dave and Julia show the true meaning of friendship.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
High school students have sex, but no graphic details are given. There's talk of breaking the vow to never have sex with a teacher, but that vow remains unbroken.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
High school seniors use drugs and alcohol regularly at parties where parents aren't home.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Never Sometimes Always, by Adi Alsaid (Let's Get Lost), is a lighthearted high school romance and coming-of-age story told in alternating narratives between best friends Julia and Dave. Having spent most of high school in self-imposed isolation from other social groups, they rediscover a list they'd made of typical teen things never to do in school, such as "Never run for prom king or queen" and "Never go on an epic, life-changing road trip." Bored and suffering from senioritis, they decide to do everything on the list, and they learn a lot in the process. Though there's some underage drinking, talk of hooking up with a teacher, and teenagers having sex, Dave and Julia are smart, responsible teenagers who always try to do the right thing, even in difficult situations.
Is It Any Good?
This romantic coming-of-age story about two teens doing everything they swore they'd never do in high school shows how beautiful the gray areas of life can be. The football captain may be a nice, interesting guy or the nerdy math teacher may have important life lessons to share. What starts out as a joke exercise for seniors Dave and Julia turns into a formative experience as they learn that life is too messy to be divided into things you want to do "always" or "never"; you could miss out on many amazing opportunities.
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