Review of Never Evers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

(Chicken House kindly sent me this one to review, but my opinions on this book have been in no way affected as a result of this. Also, SPOILER ALERT I MAY RUIN LOBSTERS IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY READ LOBSTERS SO DON’T READ UNTIL YOU’VE READ THAT JUST IN CASE!)

I loved Tom and Lucy’s first book, Lobsters, and when I heard Never Evers was coming, I was so excited. I knew it was going to be different, which scared me a little bit because I wasn’t sure Lobsters could be beaten by anything else, but I’ll admit it, I was pleasantly surprised by this book!

Mouse (her real name is Matilda but just call her Mouse) has been kicked out of her old ballet school, but she’d rather let people believe she hasn’t been, and that’s she’s still going to the school in Paris. Of course, because there’s some who would tear her apart for this sort of stuff. Jack’s trying to start a band with his friends, plus he’s excited to get into this new world of girls and danger, but just like Mouse has absolutely no idea how to go about it. They’re both on a ski trip to France, and a French pop star, Roland, turns up, who Jack’s a ‘total dead ringer’ for. Roland persuades Jack to play him for a day as a stand in, and in this guise, he declares his feelings for Mouse. But what happens when he is pop star no more? Oh, and is it a hamster or a rat? Who knows?

First of all, I did think that some of the romance had some hints of cliche romance, which really did take it’s toll for me personally, mainly because this type of stuff only happens in fiction (#OnlyInYA), but then again it’s a book founded upon a popstar arriving on a ski resort where a school trip also just so happens to be heading at the same time, so realism might not be a thing you get in this book, but even then it’s a minor issue.

It’s one of those books that you’d look at and maybe pick up not expecting the best, but then you’re blown away, and I’m finding this review pretty difficult to write (can you tell?!) as a result.

Jack and Mouse are very similar to Sam and Hannah in the first book, in the fact they’re both adorably innocent yet they both don’t realise or don’t even have the slightest inkling of an idea that they are both made for each other and belong with each other, and whilst I’m usually against ‘recycling’ of character traits, it worked and it worked brilliantly for Never Evers; in this unique setting, the characters and the plot thrived and it really gripped me to this book.

I think I may have made it pretty clear: I really enjoyed this book.

Tom and Lucy have certainly brought back their signature flair for writing, with their witty and perfect sense of humour making a comeback in their second novel. They’ve come up with a really original novel, and I really enjoyed reading Never Evers. Also, I believe Never Evers was one of the last books I read in 2015, but when I first received it I saw that Abi Elphinstone (@moontrug) had also received one, and she referenced the hamsters. I just want you to know: I get it.


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