I’ve been selected to participate in a blog tour for The Beginning of Never (The Never Trilogy), by O.E. Boroni!
The Beginning of Never (The Never Trilogy, #1)
By O. E. Boroni
Release Date: April 26th, 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
Twilight meets Eleanor and Park in this contemporary romance story about a love that insists on forever.
When Lenora Baker and Nathan Roqué run into each other in their boarding school courtyard, they have no idea that they are about to begin a journey that will take them the rest of their lives to recover from. Both scarred from parents who were once in love but ended up destroying each other, they are sworn off the possibility that there can truly exist a love that will never end.
But when with each other they find a passion so strong that it heals as powerfully as it burns, a love that will run out is no longer an option for them. Together, they discover just how far they are willing to go to preserve what they know they will only find once in their lifetime.
This is the start of their journey, and here you will come to realize, that falling in love is only the first part of the story…
My Review: 3.5/5
I was really excited to read this book. The fact that it was compared to Eleanor and Park made me really look forward to it. I’ve never read Twilight (yes, I know, I’m among like the five people in this world who haven’t read it, but I honestly never had an interest in it), so I can’t compare it to that, but I can honestly say that I didn’t exactly see the Eleanor and Park reference here. And that could be a good thing, because in my opinion, this book did its own thing entirely. The writing was incredibly unique and it made for a reading experience that was kind of brand new to me.
The book starts of with Nora, a teenage girl who was sent away to London to live at a boarding school. Her mother had died three years prior to the start of the book, and she’s a very angry, unhappy girl. She doesn’t have any friends, and she barely gets by grade-wise. And then she meets Alex (or Nathan, as she calls him, because she likes his middle name), and everything changes for her. She slowly falls in love with him, despite everyone who simply does not want them to be together. Which is…pretty much everyone. Nora concocts the lie that she and Nathan are cousins, so that she can avoid the drama the other girls (who are swooning over him) are creating by saying that she and Nathan are together. Meanwhile, they’re doing the typical teenage dance of “he likes me” “he doesn’t like me” over and over again. It definitely is a teenage love story, and while I kind of got annoyed by the characters quite often (I guess I’m more or less a little old to be looking at love that way…for me these days it’s kind of a “Hey, either you like me or you don’t, whatever” kind of situation), but I guess everyone can relate to having had this type of experience at one point or another.
The ending left a little to be desired, but I guess since it’s a trilogy that could be why! You’ll definitely want to pick up the next book in the series if you read this one, because you’ll really be curious to know what happens next (I know I am!)
Overall, this book was a pretty good read, and it would make a great book for over the summer. It deals a lot with discovering who you really are, dealing with grief, and moving on and becoming something you didn’t expect for yourself. I enjoyed it, and I look forward to the second book!
About the Author:
I currently live in England. My days are spent in the Project Management field while my nights are spent with books. I’m either reading them or writing the ones that I want to read. My favorite things and in this particular order are books, Korean dramas, ice cream, and people who smile through everything. I consistently tell people that these are the four things they need to be happy but do they believe me?
No! Well I believe me, and you should too.