Updated: Dec 2, 2021
Never Never: The Complete Series
by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Published by Hoover Ink
"How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you've never met."
Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning...they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love...every memory has vanished.
Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be...the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.
Never Never: The Complete Series, is a combination of three novellas written by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. It centers on eighteen year olds Charlie and Silas, childhood best friends, and first and only loves. Until one morning in the middle of class, they both lose their memories. They can remember odd things, like song lyrics, and how to drive a car, but memories of people - of each other - are gone. In order to figure out what is going on, Charlie and Silas need to work together to uncover the truth ... no matter how damaging that truth is.
Oh, ladies and gents. Have you ever read a book, been totally invested in the plot, the character arcs, the twists and turns, only to be let down by the ending? ***cough***Game of Thrones final season***cough*** This is what Never Never did to me. The writing it great. The characters are very human in their reactions to everything that goes on in their lives. The mystery was enthralling, and I found myself developing theory after theory. I was excited to get to the end ... until I wasn't. Don't get me wrong - this story is good. It's different, and interesting. For a young adult book, this 33 year old was entertained. My only issue with this book was the ending, and a couple of clues Charlie and Silas dug up that we never get answers to. Some weird things that happened that ended up being insignificant. Like ---------spoilers---------> why was there mud and blood on Silas's bedsheets the night before his memories disappeared? We never get an answer to this I don't believe. And that whole thing with Charlie's father's mistress keeping Charlie captive and drugged for days, and just chalk it up to whatshername punishing Charlie for how her daughter was being treated? Are we supposed to ignore the fact that this woman has a room SET UP, and drugs available to do this? And how did she know about their memory problems? I mean, if it was just an attempt to throw readers off, I feel like there are more settle ways to do this. The plotline with the mistress is a huge plot hole. <----------------
Despite the plot holes and that ending -------spoiler--------> I mean, the universe is punishing them for breaking up because they are soulmates? Really? <----------------, this story is good. While I enjoyed the mystery, and theorizing over the why, I really loved their character growth. The more they learned about themselves, the more they discovered things they didn't like about themselves. The more they wanted to change. Their memory loss was like pressing a giant reset button, and all the crap that happened in their lives that shaped them into who they were, disappeared. I liked it. But that ending? Really? UGH!