Book Review and Discussion: Never Evers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison


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Kicked out of ballet academy and straight into a school ski trip, Mouse knows certain classmates can’t wait to see her fall flat on her face. Meanwhile, Jack looks forward to danger and girls, but hasn’t a clue about either. That’s until French teen sensation Roland arrives in the resort – who Jack’s a dead ringer for. When Roland persuades Jack to be his stand-in for a day, Jack, in disguise, declares his feelings for Mouse. But what happens when he’s no longer a pop star – will it be music and magic on the slopes?

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After seeing Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen at last year’s YALC, I picked up their first novel “Lobsters”, devoured it and then couldn’t wait for their next book and wow, it did not disappoint!

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This year Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison are running a “co-writing” workshop at YALC and will be speaking with Non Pratt at the Edinburgh Book Festival on the 13th of August.

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I’m going to keep my review short and sweet, just like this book: it’s awesome.

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Going into the novel I was a bit concerned that the protagonists were quite young, at only 14, whereas in Lobsters they were 17, so closer to my age but it was a needless worry. The youth of the characters is more than made up for in their absolute hilarity. I was reading this book when I was the first person to wake up at a sleepover and had to smother my face with a pillow to avoid waking everyone else up with my laughter.


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This was such a fun book to read, the characters were so endearing to read about and I loved how they all had such an individuality about them without feeling like stereotype, they were all well built and wonderful.


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I don’t even know what else I can say about this book. There are so many beautifully bizarre happenstances that I want to gush about but don’t want to ruin them for you so I guess that is really all that I can say!


5 stars



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