Title: Never Have I Ever
Aria has always tried her hardest to stay under the radar at school with only her very familiar, very tight-knit, group of friends. When she meets Nash at a party, where coincidently, he is the host, he’s rude, blunt, and frankly, he’s got more baggage than he can handle. Aria immediately dislikes him, especially when his massive ego appears and begins its performance. But the line, Aria soon realises, between hate and love is so very thin, and a continuous game of Never Have I Ever between the two may change everything. But for the better, or for the worse?
Okay, so before I go into detail about what really caught me in this book, a quick shout-out and a massive thank you to the awesome farawayfromnowhere for sharing this emotional, beautifully written story with everyone and giving everyone, including me, a chance to glimpse into the life of Aria and Nash.
This story is another one which literally leaves you on the edge of your seat. If you’re someone who’s looking for a light, short read, then move on, because this is anything but. NHIE describes the relationship between two equally broken, equally in love people. Everything that is said and done in NHIE pushes the story and the relationships in it along, just a little.
The way farawayfromnowhere has written this is just so astoundingly beautiful. The emotion is deep and the two of them both have dark pasts and an equal amount of secrets. The actual romance between Aria and Nash, in my opinion, progressed slowly, but steadily, until they were so close.
I cried buckets when I read this. I think I may have used a whole tissue-box. But, like I said, sadness and grief are the two most common emotions portrayed in NHIE. And I know, the story wouldn’t quite be the same if it weren’t for the amount of depressing scenes.
If you haven’t read this story, you aren’t living life. This story, along with Mr. Popular and I (check previous chapters) are two of my all-time, all-time favourites. Using MPAI as an example, the two are so different. In one, the relationship is always light, teasing, almost friends. In the other, the relationship is always bordering on the line between extreme, goosebump-inducing love and equally extreme, hair-raising hate.
It’s just so, so beautiful. There is literally no word powerful enough to describe the beauty of this story. There is no word that has been invented that can describe the dam-breaking, goosebump-inducing, hair-raising, drama that is the love-hate relationship between Aria and Nash.
It’s the most I’ve ever cried when reading a story, and even now, when I’m sitting here typing about it, I’m feeling the urge to cry just thinking about the tragically wonderful romance that is Never Have I Ever. Read it.