Book Review – Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

by Maryse on January 10, 2015 · 10 comments

in My Book Reviews

Never Never
Well, obviously when two of my absolute favorite authors collaborate on a book, you KNOW I’m going to read it. No recommendations needed, and I don’t even need to know what it’s about. I’ll happily go in blind, don’t even need a blurb jolt or anything, ’cause I just know… it’s gonna be awesome. As this one was. :D

But yesssssss… I couldn’t help but peek at that blurb. Tee hee!!!! Pure genius. As was this book. Short and to the point but packs a powerful punch:

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

YES!!!!! What does this mean? My mind was racing with possibilities but reading it, living it with them took me so much further than I expected. It just blew my mind. Blew OUR minds!! WHAT. AN. ENDING!!!!!

Kelly: Just finished. Arggg. Hate that I love a good clffie!

Ela: WTF???? Had to create a spoiler thread on your page Maryse…..

Jen C: I just finished this one and wow. I’m in a haze and I don’t think I’ll get out of it until I get my hands on book two. My head hurts, my heart hurts. I feel raw. I adore Charlie and Silas. And this story. Oh my god this story. I can’t wait to see where Tarryn and Colleen take us. The writing was beautiful… I don’t know how to describe it – The two POV’s blended flawlessly yet were distinctive enough to tell the two characters apart. Magnificent. The ending though. I am TORN UP. I hope the wait for book #2 isn’t too long! I trust these two writers though and I know they continue this unique, wild ride and take us somewhere we couldn’t dream.

Julie: Loved it! Even with the cliffy, I still would give it 5 stars. I can’t wait for book 2!

It is what it says… but it’s so much more and I had no clue what was going on. Piecing things together, so sure that the obviousness of this eerie mystery would punch right in the gut. And still… I have NO clue, but it was worth every single moment getting there. And I’m scared. Scared I tell you!! And titillated, and I’m ready for part two now, ladies!!!!

So what’s it about?

Charlie. She “awakens” to find herself in school one day, having no clue how she got there. No clue who the people around her are. No clue who her friends are. No clue who she is. *gasp*!!

I wonder if they know me, and why I don’t know me.

But she moves, responds to those greeting her, and tentatively finds her way around without anyone realizing she’s lost her memory. Or completely lost her mind. She’s not sure yet which.

It’s frightening not knowing who you are – even more frightening thinking you’ll get it wrong. I’m scared now, really scared. It’s gone too far. If I say something now I’ll look…. crazy.

And she makes it to her school cafeteria and sits with those calling her over. Next to “Silas”. Who appears to be her boyfriend, by the reactions of their “friends”. And while he is acting like part of the group, the sweat running down his face, and his bewildered expression, so similar to her own, have them both realizing they are in the same predicament.

I stare at him. I don’t stop staring at him until finally, he turns his head to look at me. A line of sweat rolls down the side of his face.

His eye are wide.

Wide… just like mine.

Neither knows who the other is. No memory of anything or anyone. And trying to play a part while they eventually try and figure it out.

Best friends that are now strangers. Strangers that become best friends. This story is AMAZING!! There are clues, and like I said before… “’s got a bit of that creep-factor going on… like a Twilight Zone-y version of a modern day Romeo & Juliette (BUT NOT paranormal!!). Wait… that sounds weird but it’s so much better than that.

I’m as familiar with this person in the reflection as I am with every single aspect of my life right now

Which is not familiar at all.

“Who are you?” I whisper to him.

And I still stand by that. WHAT THE HECK is going on and how? Why? The clues are so exciting!! And freaky.

“What can you remember?” she asks.

She’s scared. Nervous. Suspicious. Our emotions are reflections of one another, and that’s when the clarity hits.

She may not feel familiar. I may not feel familiar. But our actions – our demeanor – they’re exactly the same.

And plenty of swoon in there too, ’cause sometimes two people are just made for each other, ya know? Connected since birth, and reconnecting now, even as strangers.

If I knew her better, I’d hug her. Hold her hand. Something. I don’t know what to do. There’s no protocol on how to console your girlfriend of four years who you just met this morning.

This is going to be good, my friends. :D !!!!

It feels like I’ve been on stage for hours, acting out scenes I have no script for.

And that ending…. Eeeeeeeep!!!

4.5 stars!!!!

P.S. Thank you to the authors for sending me a review copy. I’m LOVING it!!


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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lise January 10, 2015 at 8:04 PM

Just finished this little page turner. I have no clue really as to what the heck is going on, but I love it. The shrimp girl- what about her?

Maryse January 10, 2015 at 8:05 PM

Oh yes… the ostracized weird girl… hrmmmmm?

Amy January 10, 2015 at 11:22 PM

OMG Maryse, I’m torn!! I want to read this one so bad (because, duh, Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, together!) but you know how I am with cliffhangers. And a cliffhanger by Tarryn Fisher? *shudder* I would have flipped my cookies if I had read The Opportunist before Dirty Red was out. But then I had to wait for Thief, and after that last line of Dirty Red…ugh!!

*sigh* It is CH and TF though so maybe…

Arrrrrgh… *thunks head on table*

Julie January 11, 2015 at 2:55 AM

Do you know when book 2 will be out? I encourage anyone on the fence to read this. I could not put it down! It can be read quickly – it’s pretty short. But I loved every minute of it and especially the uniqueness of the story and the characters of Charlie and Silas themselves. I have no idea where book 2 will take us but can’t wait to find out!

MichelleS January 11, 2015 at 9:22 AM

Just finished this one. ARGH!!!! This is not a book. It’s HALF a book. I am not even calling it a novella, because that’s just a short novel…. you know with a whole story!!! What. A. Tease.

Don’t get me wrong. It was a fabulous tease…. but a total tease. This is why I am becoming ADD, I think. Because I read all these incomplete “novels”, then have to read something else, then get back to the story (and hope I remember it) months later. Is there a reason they couldn’t have just released this one when it was finished? C. Hoover usually gives us a WHOLE story in her novels. A big set up for some cool things later, I’m sure, with shrimp girl and tarot card readers!

That being said – I agree 4 – 4.5 stars for story, writing, characters. But, I am Never Never doing this again if I know it’s a huge cliff hanger.

Tracie January 11, 2015 at 11:11 AM

4.5 stars loved this story. Had me trying to figure things out the whole time. being part of the story with that cliffhanger really screws my mind though and I just hope that when bk 2 comes out that the story and characters aren’t lost to me with the wait.

Sadie January 11, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Great review! Such a unique, FUN read. I thought the cliffhanger made it even better as weird as that sounds, and I’ll love rereading in May before the next one comes out. Their discussion group has caused me to lose all sense of time. It’s so fun reading all the theories.

rachelle January 12, 2015 at 4:51 PM


aisyy March 4, 2015 at 9:58 AM

where can i get this book :’( btw im malaysian . huarhh . in love

Cleone May 20, 2015 at 3:37 PM

We can’t tell you ANYTHING but we think you should read Never Never, like right now

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