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Amanda goes through her young life having to survive experiences that nobody should have to. She was always quiet and found it easier to keep to herself, rather than share herself with the world. She struggled with being open and talking to anyone about what was invading her life. In her heart she believed it was much easier to keep her secrets to herself. Sometimes sharin ...more
Kindle Edition, 1, 190 pages
Published March 21st 2013 by Melinda Sutherland
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Lynne
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a girl Amanda who has an extremely hard life growing up. She deals with her mother being a drug addict, seeing her mother in and out of abusive relationships and having a dad who denies her when she was small child. Then she meets Brad who she thought loved her but he only hurt her in the worst way that you could hurt a young girl. Her life was a big mess. But she pulls herself together and moves on. Her family starts to finally get their life on track and she then meets Chri ...more
Chelsea Camaron
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Its a book that stays with you. This book took me back to how naïve and vulnerable young women can be. Its written in a way you feel a part of the story. You go through the emotions with Amanda, you cry with her, smile with her, and want to comfort her in hard times. This isn't some over the top story, its real.

I am a cliffhanger addict.....I love a well written cliffhanger and this one gives it to you. I'm so ready for more!
Lindsey
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Alert: a little spoiler in the review
OMG!!!!!!! Let me start by saying I am an "older" reader and while I have a young teenage daughter and these kinds of things go through my head daily hoping what Brad did to her would not happen to my daughter, I was very happy that Amanda seeked help through therapy and was able to move on with her teenage years and found a young man who cared for her very well and took their time getting to know one another. I don't like giving away spoilers but when Chris
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Lynne
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a girl Amanda who has an extremely hard life growing up. She deals with her mother being a drug addict, seeing her mother in and out of abusive relationships and having a dad who denies her when she was small child. Then she meets Brad who she thought loved her but he only hurt her in the worst way that you could hurt a young girl. Her life was a big mess. But she pulls herself together and moves on. Her family starts to finally get their life on track and she then meets Chri ...more
Angi
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea and the storyline were good. The characters were interesting and people you wanted to connect to, unfortunately it just wasn't written the best way. There were a lot of strange errors in wording, grammar, spelling and editing. It didn't flow like a novel either. It felt more clinical than that...like a journal almost, but not as good because you couldn't tell where the journal ended and the interaction began. It was very choppy. The best part of a novel is the way you connect with the c ...more
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Stars: 4

First, let me warn you….. There is a serious, smack-you-right-in-the-face cliffhanger…. I am in total denial right now. The ending has left me sitting on pins and needles waiting to know what will happen in the next book! It makes me want to go back and re-read the last several pages just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming (I tried pinching myself but apparently I am awake)!

The story begins with Amanda seeing a therapist regarding her issues she has gone through/experienced. Amanda, unfortu
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Julie
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Life hasn’t been easy for Amanda. She has seen and experienced more in her life than most teenagers. Her mother is a recovering addict, going from one abusive relationship to the other. Always putting her needs above her daughter’s. Amanda has found a way to push through it all.

At the encouragement of her mother, Amanda starts to see a therapist. You see, Amanda’s mother is turning her life around and wants to help Amanda deal with all of the ‘damage’ in her young life. At the advice of her the
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JC82
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmn, how to start... I enjoyed this story there were a few hang ups for me which I will explain in a bit but overall I think this was a good first book for Melinda Sutherland. Amanda and Chris as well as some of the supporting characters are very refreshing individuals if you will.

Amanda is your fairly average girl next door, pretty, fun, smart, youthful and likes to enjoy her life. She can be somewhat timid and a little awkward but her character has genuine sincerity. In the first half of the
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Karen
In Never Say Never, Amanda begins telling her therapist about her rough childhood. She has been through more than most girls her age. Her mother is a recovering addict and has lived through multiple abusive relationships. Amanda has started journaling to put her thoughts and feelings onto paper as a way to express herself. She finds this incredibly therapeutic for her own recovery.

Amanda begins hanging around an older crowd of friends and starts partying. She is warned to stay away from Brad bu
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Sandy Grassini
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, this book was awesome. I couldn't put the book down. I don't know how long this review will be because, I feel it would give so much away, and I don't want any spoilers.

This young girl has gone through so much in her young life. This is the kind of life that could happen to any young girl. I feel every girl should read this book so they are aware of what could possibly happen. Nobody should have to go through what Amanda went through. I liked Amanda:s character because she has sh
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Maggielou
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me first say that I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest spoiler free opinion.


Lets start off with giving props to Renee Ericson for designing the cover which suites the book so well!

This is going to be hard for me to put into words without spoiling it for you all. But I will do my best. :)

I really enjoyed reading Never Say Never. It was such an emotional story. And when I say emotional I mean I actually got misty eyed! Now if you knew me on a personal level you would k
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Chrissy
First, let me warn you… this book has a cliffhanger. Yes, you may have guessed that from the “Part 1″ in the title, but this is no ordinary cliff hanger, this is a WTF when does the next book come out type of cliff hanger. I’m literally dying over here waiting to see what happens!

Now that I got that out of the way, on to the review ;) I really enjoyed this book, it has been on my TBR list for quite a while, and was so happy I was finally able to read it. Where do we start? So Amanda, she had a r
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Stacy
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Well let me start by saying the story line wasn't bad it was actually very good. Let me explain why I only gave it 3 starts. I only gave it three stars because although the story line was good there were so many mistakes in the writing & structure that it made it very difficult to understand. I spent most of the time rereading parts because of grammar errors and sentence structure errors that it almost made me want to just put it down and stop reading it. I actually did put it down and then ...more
Melyssa Winchester
It should be noted right away that there is a cliffhanger in this story. So if you can't stand those, know this going in so you can't complain about it later. I don't mind cliffhangers, especially when at the end of the story, the author even comments on it. I think that made me like it even more lol.

This was a very good read. I enjoyed it. I felt for Amanda, so much so that I wanted to smack the shit out of Brad and still want to even though I'm done the book. Chris was adorable and I want mor
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Amanda
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won
Overall, I liked this book. It didn't go as I had expected it would with "girl meets boy, boy breaks girl's heart, then girl falls for her best guy friend and they ride off in the sunset" which was a relief for me.

Amanda has had a hard life as she was growing up, between the father that didn't want to claim her and her drug addicted mom that only had abusive men in their life. This book follows Amanda from her freshman year into her senior year.
Her mother gets her life in order and her father e
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Estella
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC copy of this book. I was a little apprehensive about this book because it was about a teenager. I got over that quickly. Melinda Sutherland did a good job of drawing me in.

This is a story about Amanda Nelson. By the time Amanda reaches the ripe age of 15...she has been through hell and back. This young lady has been enduring a lot. Absentee dad, druggy mom, and so many other things. (I don't want to give to much away.) The one thing she does have is two great friends, Ann an
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Sheyla ✎
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Amanda Nelson is a young girl. She is a good girl but unfortunately, she starts hanging around with older kids and this has terrible consequences for her.
Amanda grew up in an abusive home with a drug addict mom. She really hasn't had a good life. She does have great friends, Ann and Mark. During her senior year she meets Chris and thankfully he is a sweetheart.
It is very easy to fall in love with Chris.

I'm giving this book 3 stars. I liked
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Lily Loves Indie
This book has been reviewed as part of a Blog Tour over on Lily Loves Indie. The full review will be live on www.lilylovesindie.co.uk on October 8th.

Until then, here's a little snippet of the review to get you excited!

A further brilliant feature of this book is the collection of characters, particularly Amanda and Chris. Let's start with Amanda. She reads like a girl next door but she has so much more about her. There's just something about her that really does demand love from the reader, even
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Angelle
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
First off I gave it 4 stars because there were quite a few grammatical errors, other than that the story was GREAT!
This story is about 15 year old Amanda Nelson. In her short 15 years, Amanda has had to endure many hardships and the latest one is devastating. Amanda is a strong girl and somehow finds a way to pick herself up and move on. A few years later she meets Chris and feels that she has finally found her happily ever a
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Tracey
Nov 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievable

DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT read this book unless you hunt for part two first and find it. I absolutely hate to give bad reviews really I do. The writing is bad I'm sorry but bad. The 15 year old characters talk like 50 year olds. The editing is just horrible. The story was okay but unbelievable. Far fetched, all over the place. I read the whole book but I will admit I did a lot of skimming because I kept hoping it would improve. Nope. There is a lot of repeating. But the worse thing of a
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Shawna
2.5-3 stars. I don't even really know what write about this. While it deals with a serious issue it kind of glides over that serious issue rather quickly. I don't feel like we get really learn about Chris through the book or why they have such a deep love for one another. I don't know I think the premise was a decent premise. I think some things could have been left out and other things expanded on.

One other issue is the cliff hanger. I don't know about anyone else but I am starting to get fed-u
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Trina Houston-dotson
I couldn't put the book down once I started. I loved the characters and the storyline. I adored the relationship between Amanda and Chris. I hated the cliffhanger ending. When will the next one be out? I've read many books that I've really enjoyed only to never find out the ending or see a second part. I hope this will not be the case.

Also, the errors were annoying. It was sometimes hard to understand and one sentence wasn't finished. What did Amanda say to Chris' parents before leaving?

All in
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Briana
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: okay-read-books
OMG! Freaking CLIFF HANGER AHHH
I'm so upset it was starting to get good and I want to know what happened to Chris I can't believe this right now ugh I have to wait for the 2nd book...
overall it had me in the beginning and I just needed to know what happened to Amanda if she would ever feel loved again after being raped by Brad ugh hate that he came back for her. Amanda fell in love with Chris and now it went downhill since he's in the hospital and I don't know what's wrong with him and I need t
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Chelsea Camaron
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its a book that stays with you. This book took me back to how naïve and vulnerable young women can be. Its written in a way you feel a part of the story. You go through the emotions with Amanda, you cry with her, smile with her, and want to comfort her in hard times. This isn't some over the top story, its real.

I am a cliffhanger addict.....I love a well written cliffhanger and this one gives it to you. I'm so ready for more!
Ann
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to enjoy this book, but the amount of errors was a turn off. Plus, the story just didn't flow very well & many parts of it seemed rushed. Also, some of the terminology used made it seem as if a very naive teenager wrote this. I would like to know what happens next, but not sure I want to take time to read another. Definitely don't want to pay for a book if it's filled with mistakes.
Amanda Smith
The only things that I will say is:
1. This book needs a ton of editing. The grammar, punctuation, spelling errors, and simple typos were distracting to the point I almost did not finish.
But alas, I did finish, which brings me to...
2. I'm honestly not even sure of the point of the story. There was a whole lot going on, but I'm not sure what the focus was actually supposed to be on. Too many different things going on, and nothing was resolved...especially THE END!
Michelle Palmer
I'm having a hard time reading this.. I want to see where the story goes but this writing is awful. This book is choppy... Moves very quickly and does not flow. Typos, grammatical mistakes and written like a high school paper... Story line is catchy but very hard to get through because the writing is terrible. I like getting lost in stories that have a natural flow about them. I see there is a cliff hanger so I hope the next book is written better or free like the first one.
Lesley Peck
This book was pretty good. The story was interesting and I definitely need to know what happens next. Cliffhangers are evil!

The only complaints I have are there needs to be some editing done. At times it made it confusing to read. And these are teenagers....yet they don't always talk like it. That bugs me.

Overall, if you can get passed that you'll enjoy the story and be left wanting more.
Patricia
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amanda has seen a lot in her young life. It makes you want to give her the biggest hug. She is surviving because of her wonderful friends. Being the typical oversized teenager, couples can end up going too far. When she finally meets the love of her life, he gets sick. Then, CLIFFHANGER??? I am impatiently awaiting for "the rest of the story"
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