Sometimes Never by Cheryl McIntyre
Hope didn’t have the best role model when it came to relationships. She’s content with her current no-strings-attached extracurricular activity with the lead singer of her band. She’s never believed in love and commitment.
Mason starts his eighth school in five years anticipating nothing more than the usual—boring classes, fighting more than making friends, and girls happily willing to succumb to his easy smile. He’s never put much stock into love at first sight—until he sees her.
Regardless of their painful pasts, Hope and Mason discover that sometimes never can become forever.
*This is a mature young adult. Recommended for 17+ due to sensitive subject material, harsh language, and sexual situations.
4.25 out of 5 stars
“…but sometimes never is a distorted perception…”
There is much to love about Sometimes Never. And parts that I wish I didn’t have to read about only because it is truly painful to be shown some of the ugly that happens and how it impacts someone like Hope or Mason for years to come.
Hope finds solace in the self-infliction of pain. Mason deals with his crap through fighting. Yet together they find love and mutual respect. There was this magical quality to their relationship, a sense of ‘rightness’ or destiny that they were meant to find each other. I loved watching their relationship unfold. On the other hand, it was gut-wrenching to be there when Hope felt the need to cut. I could FEEL her need and also the release and shame she experienced. I absolutely love that when an author can do that for me, however painful it is, and I felt the dual POVs really helped with that. In the end, though, I was left feeling happy and hopeful for their future.
As for a few of the other key characters:
Guy – loved him! The banter between him and Hope and oftentimes Mason had me laughing out loud several times! Annie – wanted to slap her a few times for her selfishness and gossip. Kellin – hmmm, maybe we can get his story next?
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