(Never Never, #1)
Published: January 7 2015
Okay, so this is my first ever Colleen Hoover read, so I was pretty excited about it. I wouldn't have picked it up if it weren't for my friend, so big thanks to her for begging me to read it. If there's one thing I can say about this book, is that it's worth it. I will try to make my thoughts as general as possible, so as not to give anything away. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good romance novel, or books with a mysterious plot. I have a lot to say, some things good and some bad.
First of all, this is a book that focuses mostly on the relationship between the two protagonists. There is not much storytelling, I must admit, but it set up a nice foundation for the next books in the series, since we are now very familiar with the characters' personalities. That is something I thought was great, and it made the book very mysterious. It makes the reader keep reading, wanting to find out what lies in the next page. I also like how sarcasm plays a big role in how the characters cope with what's going on. It just made me love the relationship between Charlie and Silas, the two main characters, even more. The fact that it is written from two perspectives is completely necessary here, whereas other authors sometimes do it simply to fill up a few pages. I couldn't decide which character I enjoyed reading from more, which is something I look for in a book. They are both so untrustworthy as narrators, and it kept me entertained to discover everything about their lives right when they did. This book does leave off with a pleasantly annoying cliffhanger (Does that make sense? Pleasantly annoying?), which is why my fingers are flying across the keyboard right now, so I can get everything down before starting the next book. It is not nearly perfect, but now is when I go over the things that slightly irritated me.
As a reader, I tend to get annoyed at myself for getting annoyed at silly little things in books. It always makes me knock off a star or two on the rating when I wish I can just love it all. But I guess you can't blame yourself for having opinions, now can you? The main thing I didn't like about this book was the way the authors decided to format it. I felt like the plot was meant for a stand alone, even if it did have to be slightly thicker. It would've helped the book flow a lot smoother, and actually provide some answers to this big mystery. Now onto character flaws. Or not really, now that I think about it. The problem isn't that the character's are too flawed, but that they are way too clever. If I opened my eyes one day with no memory of who or where I was, I would certainly freak out, not try to find my wallet for any personal information. Maybe that's just me. At some points, what they were doing felt like natural intelligence, but in others was just unrealistic. I speak mostly about Charlie's character when I say this. Other than that, I did like how the information was given to you in steady bits, instead of being thrown at you all at once. I thought the ending was the very best part of this book, the part that made it really worth reading. I can only hope for the second book to be just as gripping.