EXCERPT: I think briefly about screwing up the letter, shoving it in the recycling box; even burning it. But I know curiosity alone won’t allow me to do that, and it could be nothing. I am probably overreacting again. I find myself muttering ‘I reject fear,’ just like Lindy does.
There must be a logical explanation.
Perhaps someone from school has seen me in town. Or maybe they even live near my new house, have seen me coming and going? But why not come up to me, like Michael had? Maybe they were shy. Or maybe they weren’t sure it’s me. But if they’d recognized me from afar in the street, they could recognize me online, even with my SJ Scherer pseudonym. Why not send me a message on Facebook? Why go to the trouble of putting something through the door? It’s so old fashioned.
Unable to take it any longer, I rip the envelope open. A thin slip of paper flutters to the floor. I lean down to grab it, eager to read what it says. Once I have, I wish I’d never set eyes on it.
‘Never Have I Ever been punished for what I have done.’
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Sam is doing well in her career, she has a husband and a baby and life is going well. That is until she gets the note through her door that stops her heart in her chest. Never Have I Ever Been Punished For What I Have Done.
Sam is catapulted back to those teenage years spent with her best friends, teasing out each other’s secrets by announcing things they had Never, ever done. Pushing each other’s boundaries, growing closer and growing up.
If only they had stopped there. But they added their own rules. They went from sharing secrets to sharing firsts. First kisses, first drinks, first fake IDs. And that was before it all went spiraling out of control. Before that day in the woods ended it all.
Because no matter how far it goes, you have to obey the rules of the game. Even if what you’ve never done should stay that way. And now Sam is about to discover that the game isn’t over . . .
MY THOUGHTS: Never Have I Ever lacks a few things, including cohesion and momentum. And I am not overthinking (one of the author’s favourite words, along with ‘maybe’) this. I was tempted, multiple times, to abandon this read, but how could I abandon my first read of the year? Of the decade? I stuck with it and stumbled through the read.
This book is repetitive….we hear the same things repeated over and over. And mundane…..there is a lot of ‘filler’ in there. I didn’t find Never Have I Ever even remotely suspenseful or thrilling. One thought was running through my mind from early on in the book – ‘Just get on with it, will you?’
And when I finally got to the climax? Doubtful… and really not worth wading through all the dross for.
Reading is a personal and subjective experience, and what appeals to one may not please another. If you enjoyed the excerpt from Never Have I Ever by Lucy V Hay, and the plot outline appeals, please do go ahead and read it. You may well enjoy it as have many other readers.
THE AUTHOR: Lucy V. Hay script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for The London Screenwriters’ Festival. Lucy is also an author, writing both screenwriting books and crime fiction.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Never Have I Ever by Lucy V Hay for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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