"How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you've never met."
Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen.
But as of this morning...they are complete strangers.
Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love...every memory has vanished.
"I don't care what our real first kiss was," he says. "That's the one I want to remember."
Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be...the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.
"I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie."
A different kind of paranormal story, Never Never has both of the MCs being amnesic at the beginning, and as they slowly unravel their pasts, things get complicated.
My Never Never review:
Charlie and Silas share a common story, but they aren’t really aware of it in Never Never. From the start of the story, the confusion and the memory lapse are at the forefront, and I really enjoyed the fact that Charlie and Silas each had their own chapters – it helped getting to know them, even if they didn’t really know themselves. Mysterious and poignant, the story felt like a reboot, in a way. Where the characters sat down and thought carefully about their past and future choices; even if Charlie and Silas didn’t exactly know their past choices anymore.
Written in first person point of view, present tense makes Never Never unfold at the same pace that it is read, and I felt like I made the same discoveries as Charlie and Silas did. I especially loved how Charlie was analyzing herself, her surroundings, and thinking about herself in the third person, as if she didn’t know if she was truly that person or not. Looking at her own life from the outside, Charlie has a lot of things to re-evaluate, and she doesn’t really like who she seems to be.
Self-discovery is a common theme in young and new adult stories, but Never Never actually brings that a big step further, as this self-discovery is literal, not only metaphorical. Realizing what is important and what is not is part of that journey as well, but there are further complications to what happens to Charlie and Silas. Figuring out who they are, and who they want to be is important, and seeing as this story lets the characters do so while also understanding how other people see them made it seem more real than in other stories – even while the premise is not something that can happen in reality.
The ending left me gripping my kindle, not knowing how I’m going to be able to wait until May before I know what happens next. If you’re a CoHo fan, know that Never Never is very different from her other stories, but it is still really good.
Some of my favorite Never Never quotes:
A man walks in carrying a briefcase. He sets it on the desk. The teacher. I am in a classroom, and that is the teacher. High school or college, I wonder.
I’ve spent the last three hours trying to act natural. At first I was convinced I must have used some kind of illegal substance that caused me to black out, but this is different from blacking out. This is different from being high or drunk, and I have have no idea how I even know that.
She’s scared. Nervous. Suspicious. Our emotions are reflections of one another, and that’s when the clarity hits.
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