Never Never Part 1, 2 & 3 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
Published January 7 & May 17, 2015 & January 19, 2016 by Hoover Ink
Genres Young Adults, Romance, Mystery
Pages 159, 158, 92
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I decided to review this whole series in one posting since each book is relatively short. The first book, Never Never, revolves around two teenagers, Charlie and Silas, who suddenly cannot remember who they are or anything about their lives. They can remember some things, such as how to drive, song lyrics and names of celebrities. But they can not remember who they are as individuals, they can not remember each other or any of their family or friends. They eventually figure out that this is happening to both of them and that before this happened, they had been together and in love for the past 4 years. The first book has Charlie and Silas trying to find out any information they can about themselves and their lives. At this point, they aren’t trying to figure out why this has happened to them yet, they are more concerned with trying to figure out their identities and not alert the other people in their lives to this situation.
In the second book, Never Never Part 2, Charlie and Silas realize that this has been happening to them over and over again every 48 hours for the past 4 days. Silas finds letters and notes they wrote to themselves explaining what was happening and what they already knew. The second book has them trying to piece together what happened to their families and their relationship that led them to a point where they broke up right before the first time they lost their memories. At one point, Charlie goes MIA for a whole day while Silas continues trying to find answers, but also trying to find Charlie.Silas realizes by now that he loves Charlie and that love is still part of who he is, even if he doesn’t remember. The second book ends with them sitting together right before the next 48 hours is up.
In the third book, Never Never Part 3, after the clock hits the 48 hour mark, Charlie once again looses her memory, however Silas retains his from the past 48 hours. He doesn’t tell Charlie this because he doesn’t want to scare her. They then come up with a theory as to why this is happening, after making some detours trying to get information and righting some of the wrongs they had made recently. I spent all three of these books trying to figure out why this was happening to them and what the plot twist would be. I really did enjoy the first two books and we really get to know Charlie and Silas, as they get to know themselves again. However, authors failed at ending this book, that’s the only way I can describe it. The story line is good and the ending could have been as well, especially with the New Orleans voodoo they talk about through some of the book. I found the conclusion and the ending to be very anti-climatic and the ending left a lot of unanswered questions, which irritates me. Then there is the epilogue; the ending would not have been that bad without the inclusion of the epilogue. The epilogue was terrible and just left me with more questions. This series is entertaining, however, it is trying to fit in with the mystery/thriller genre and it pretty much misses it’s mark. Also, there was absolutely no reason that this could not have been 1 novel; I assume that the 3 part series was some sort of marketing idea.