Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Series: Never Never, Part One
Published: 2015 by CreateSpace
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher is an incredibly confusing book. It’s so confusing that I don’t even know how I actually feel about it but I’m going to try to straighten things out a little for the sake of this review.
Firstly, Colleen Hoover is as brilliant as always. As of now, she still remains as my go-to author for contemporary YA/NA romances because no matter how cliché I feel the basic plotline for contemporary YA/NA romances are, she still manages to hook me in through the whirl of emotions her characters feel (the first book I’ve read by her is Ugly Love and yes, I bawled my eyes out like a newborn). I’ve not read anything else by Tarryn Fisher yet but in the case of this book, both authors have managed me sink me in the whirlpool of confusion main characters Charlie and Silas are going through from the very first page itself. Is this the brilliance of their writing? Or is this the brilliance of leaving out a lot of important details (or more like, putting in a lot of unexplained information) and only including miniscule bits because there’s two more parts to this story? I’ve no idea but it provides a good ‘atmosphere’ for this rather promising part one.
However, here’s the downer: Amidst the confusion, I still feel like this is some clichéd story. It’s lurking in the corners of my mind, whispering that this book will have some kind of overused mystery/thriller trope and that I’ll probably be pissed if it were right. Really, I don’t like this feeling, and I can’t confirm it until I convince myself enough to buy parts two and three of this not-series.
(On the note that this story is split into three parts, I have to say that it might’ve been a dumb marketing move because since it is split into three parts, I’m more inclined to not get the other two in fear that my fears would be met. Also, spending thrice the usual money on what is supposed to be one novel that ended up being a so-called series is a turnoff.)
Other than that, I can’t say I’m in any way attached to Charlie and Silas (and I the only snickering at this name choice because I had to read Silas Marner for class? Not that it’s a bad name or that either one of them are bad characters) because they don’t really feel human. Okay, fine, maybe it’s because of the amnesia here but I don’t understand how they can still think of the usual stuff hormonal teenager stuff while having to deal with something so huge. I don’t get how Charlie can go “I’m hungry” in a situation so serious (p.27). Even though I do like her snark, I don’t understand how she can be so bitchy for an amnesiac yet so ‘Oh God, why is that person so mean?’ when she’s the same as well. Also, Silas is incredibly hung over the fact that he can’t remember the girl he’s loved for years. Gee golly people, if I were to lose my memories, I’d be freaking out very badly and I’d be incredibly dedicated to trying to solve the whole thing instead of thinking about kisses and love-sick thoughts. Yes, I would try to act calm and normal in a public setting but the moment I get a chance, I’d certainly go straight to a responsible adult and ask them for help too. Oh wait, half of the parents in YA/NA books aren’t even your average nice ones. They have to be mean, have some kind of huge flaw or they’re usually not around or something along those lines. So, I see why Charlie and Silas aren’t going to theirs for help. Does this make their actions more logical, though? Nope.
Furthermore, I found it odd that neither Charlie or Silas thought of Googling themselves or finding their social media accounts earlier because hey, aren’t they teenagers living in the modern world who know Kim Kardashian being married to Kanye West, how to drive and all that jazz?
So yeah, now that I’ve swallowed down some of the confusion, I’m feeling more of my inclination of not picking up the rest of this not-series. The concept so far is in no way new to me. The characters (who are in dire need of proper/better characterization) don’t scream anything new either. There’s a huge ocean-load of ‘meh’ that my self is associating with this book.