I’ve had Never Never (Part 1 & 2) for awhile now but never read it since I didn’t want to be left hanging knowing that the 2nd one ends on a cliffhanger. I hate that feeling. When I found out that Never Never Part 3 was to be released on January 19th, I immediately started reading Never Never Part 1! It was such a short read. If it weren’t for work, I would have finished it in a few hours. Finished it the next day and immediately started reading Part 2. It was a weekend so I was able to finish it in a few hours. Same goes with Part 3. Basically finished the 3 books this weekend. They were very short (as expected from a novella series). From what I’ve read, (I don’t know how credible the source is though) Colleen Hoover was restricted to releasing a whole book when done in collaboration with another author. Thus, the 3-part novella. If that’s true, that’s what you call finding a loophole.
I took on this series without any idea of what it might be about. I tackled it blindfolded and I don’t regret it one bit. I like being surprised in books. (Movies are different, they give me small heart attacks.) In short, the premise is about a girl named Charlie (short for Charlize) and a guy named Silas. They both wake up not knowing who they are nor having any memory of their past. They know common knowledge things like who the president is, what Google is, but anything about their lives: nothing. All 3 books are basically their journey to finding out what happened and how to reverse it.
I liked the whole idea since it was intriguing. It’s normal to have an amnesia story which could have been caused by an accident or a disease but never have I seen an amnesia story that happened to two people at the same time. It’s all gripping and told in a very exciting manner. Charlie’s and Silas’ first person POVs are told in alternating chapters, in a linear style. I just had some difficulty in remembering who was speaking since it was in first person POV, all the “I’s” got me confused since I had to imagine being 2 different people alternately. Totally my fault though, bad memory. ;p
The story build up was well done. It kept me excited and interested to know more about the two characters. However, I did not entirely like the ending or the “reason/cause” of the whole ordeal. I was hoping it would be something cooler or I don’t know, something more exciting. Also, the epilogue was unnecessary for me, to be honest. I kind of read it like a joke because of the last part. I couldn’t take it seriously because I felt like it was treated as such. All in all though, the book was still a fun read and a very sweet, romantic love story. I want a Silas in my life, please. Thank you very much.
I’ve read a couple of books touching on the subject of memory loss – Before I Go To Sleep & What Alice Forgot – aside from this and what I can gather is that it really is important to have a journal, not only so you could use it to backtrack what has happened in your life if you do get amnesia (we obviously don’t want this to happen to us) but also to look back on how we felt, how we were in the past to find out how we have changed or how different we were from what we are now. It’s also a self-reflection for us and it shows (most of the time) the good side and bad side of our past and it can help us change for the better. Maybe I should start keeping a journal. Although with my laziness, I might not be able to stick to it. I WILL TRY though. ;p
NinthMelody rating: 8.5/10