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Never Ever

(Never Ever #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,055 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Wylie Dalton didn’t believe in fairy tales or love at first sight.

Then she met a real-life Peter Pan.

When Wylie encounters Phinn—confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome—at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.

Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Sara Saedi Ha! I didn't know "insta-love" was considered a YA trope! There's definitely an instant attraction, but I was really interested in exploring the compl…moreHa! I didn't know "insta-love" was considered a YA trope! There's definitely an instant attraction, but I was really interested in exploring the complexities of first love and that once you REALLY get to know a person, they don't always meet all of your expectations. And yet, you can't automatically turn off your feelings for them. A lot of the YA books I've read have insta-forever love, and that's just never seemed very realistic to me. (less)
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Wendy Darling
I mean, OBVIOUSLY I will read this.
Lala BooksandLala
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is The Book Bound Society's pick of the month! Video review to come. ...more
Rachel Patrick

A Peter Pan retelling!


...With a Summer 2016 release date.


Well, then.

Steph Sinclair
You had me at Peter Pan, Sara.
Peter Pan? Awesome!

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2016 release?

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Okay... I guess I'll just wait then.

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"People lie to each other all the time, Wylie. It's what human beings do. They lie to each other until they think it's safe to be honest.'"

Having never read Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, I can’t really compare it to the original. However, I have a sneaky suspicion that Barrie would be a little weirded out by this retelling. And while I wasn’t totally weirded out, I did think some aspects were a little strange.

Wylie, Josh, and Micah Dalton are teens living in New York City with two successful par
Aug 04, 2014 marked it as to-read
Title: Never Ever
Author: Sara Saedi
Publisher: Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Fairy Tale Retellings, YA Classic Revamp

This review can also be found on my Goodreads page or TeacherofYA's Tumblr

My Review:

I really wanted to have the Pan character be the good guy! I really did! ::sobs::

Why can't there be a retelling where "Pan" is the good guy?

Ok. I'm over it. Just disappointed. Not in the book, though. The book was awesome!

I loved every minute of it. Here's
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
I've read 2 pretty fantastic Peter Pan retellings/re-imaginings this year that were fantastic (Unhooked and Everland). But this wasn't one of them for me sadly. It wasn't horrible like Tiger Lily was but it wasn't great. It was just ok for me. With the way it ended I'm assuming it's a series or at least a duology so I'll probably give the next book a shot just to see how it all ends. ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
This is a Peter Pan retelling in a modern day setting. Neverland exists but in a different way than you'd think. Wylie doesn't want her brother to go to juvie, but the reality is in less than 24 hours, he'll be sentenced for a DUI. At a party, she meets Phinn who is mysterious and sweeps her off her jaded feet. He offers her a way for her and her brothers to be free, Wylie believes it's a joke and agrees. When she wakes in real life Neverland, she's not sure if she made a mistake or the best dec ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Feb 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
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I DNF’d this book within 40 pages.

It just wasn’t for me.

I am going to bullet point this review and it’s probably going to be really short. If you want a more thorough review of this book I suggest you check out other reviews because honestly I gave up on it so soon that I don’t even know if this review is worth a shit.

Anyway, here’s the reasons I DNF’d it.

*Stiff Style: It was one of those hard to connect to styles that just kind of hard to get into. This might n
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is such a GREAT Peter Pan retelling! 2016 has been the year of retellings for YA, especially Peter Pan ones, it seems, and this is definitely the best one that I've read so far. Everything from the writing, the world-building, the characters, and their relationships were wonderful. I loved the blend of the fairytale aspect with the modern world - that was unexpected but it was so well-done. The diversity within the characters was refreshing and I found them all so interesting. I loved that ...more
Nicole's Book Diaries
Apr 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I don't get it...I'm sorry I just don't...

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I was so excited to read this book but ended up sorely disappointed. It's a Peter Pan retelling and also had good review. But I guess I missed something...

The writing was juvenile and awkward. I couldn't believe I made through the whole book. Most of the events were either cringe-worthy, predictable, or cliche.

Then there are the characters..........sigh...

Almost everyone in this book is selfish. For me, none of the characters had redeeming f
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this a LOT. I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I do, tbh.

Full review to come soon.
Bailey Loveless
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was ok

Never Ever is a contemporary re-telling of Peter Pan. Unfortunately, I couldn't take this book seriously, and me not liking something Peter Pan-related is just unheard of. It goes against the very core of my being.

"How old are you guys?" Phinn asked the rest of the party. They answered in unison:
"And when will each of you turn eighteen?"
Again, they responded at the same time:

The night before her brother is to go to juvie, Wyl
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Never forget to live life to the fullest. Do it for the troubled, do it for the lost.
The days may feel shorter; the nights may feel long. But when we remember,
our memories grow strong.


I've grown very fond of retellings. Maybe it's because they tend to give me some sort of twisted nostalgia with their underlying themes/concepts, or because they provide a different aspect to a story I grew to treasure. Whatever it is, I'm obsessed, and I need more. So, obviously, I couldn't turn my b
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
I could very easily give this book a one or two star. I could complain about instalove and tropes and throw in a couple quotes that would have you rolling your eyes. I’m not going to do that, though, because this book is thoroughly entertaining. It is one of the more worthy Peter Pan retellings, and it’s fantastic for a debut novel, so I’m giving it a strong 3 ½ stars.

I initially took this book off my tbr due to it not having stellar reviews but when I heard this was written by one of the writer
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I effing hate Peter Pan (not the story, but the boy himself), but I'll give this a chance. ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-hoped-for-more
He looks older and he´s ridiculously hot, He´s sitting with Micah. He has not taken his eyes off you.

Of course, he´s pretty and perfect and why shouldn´t you trust the handsome stranger? I mean, he is hot.

Earlier this year, when Unhooked was released, I was a tad disappointed in the story. Now I feel really bad about my rating. Now, I feel like Unhooked deserves 5 stars and my eternal love.

In hindsight it offered everything I expected from a Peter Pan retelling. Darkness, twisted creature
Don't you just love when you're pleasantly surprised? Of course I am because it's 10:15pm (way past my bedtime) and I've just closed the book on this one. Double points that I had actually just serendipitously read Peter Pan because I had never and it had nothing to do with having been mailed this, but because I'm reading classics.

This is Lord of the Flies meets Peter Pan meets sappy romance meets family. There is something so easy in reading the book (and not in the condescending "it's so easy
Summer (buttermybooks)
When I first learned of Never Ever and realized that it was considered a Neverland/Peter Pan retelling I was ECSTATIC. I couldn’t have been more thrilled if I tried. Peter Pan and Hook were my favorite movies to watch as a kid so I really wanted this book to give me all the joy I got out of those stories… and in some ways it did.

I really loved the setting for this book. Wylie and Phinn meet in NYC and that is one of my most loved cities in the entire world. Even when they got to the island I fou
lily ☁️
DNF at 35%.

Oh, Never Ever, I had such high expectations for you.

Fairytale(s) (rewritings) always give me butterflies, because deep down I am, and probably will always be, a child at heart. Stumbling upon this particular book especially gave me the most colorful and glittering ones, because I love the idea behind Peter Pan, the boy who never wants to grow up and lives his life forever young and carefree.

I expected a complex, intricately woven tale filled with magic, adventures, and friendships, b
Okay. So I had no idea this was part of a series. I thought it was a stand alone. I need the next book. I did not see the plot twist coming, and it really surprised me. Wylie was an okay character, even if she did annoy me at times. But Phinn. There is so much more to him than what meets the eye. Starting out, this was a good Peter Pan retelling. But as the end of the book came closer, this turned into something much more than that. This is probably my favorite retelling of Peter Pan that I've e ...more
Teeh Ryan
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Never Ever, though it has it's faults. In the beginning, everything was happening a bit too fast for me to really connect especially the romance. We didn't get to see the romance slowly progress we were just thrust into it which felt a little flat for me. It's a small book so I kind of wished it was longer so we can connect better with the characters. The story itself I really liked, it definitely took a turn I wasn't expecting and I'm happy that it didn't follow the traditional ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I ended up enjoying this more than I thought I was going to! It started slow and pretty innocent but 2/3 of the way everything starts to turn dark and the smoke clears to reveal the evil. It was definitely more twisted than I thought it would be. Overall, it was an interesting retelling and I will probably read the next book in the series when it comes out.

July book for The Book Bound Society.
Kailyn White
Actual rating 3.5
Wow! This was a lot better then I expected.
Would recommend to people who love retellings(duh) and those who have been looking for a good Peter Pan retelling. I can't wait for the sequel!
Crystal | decorating.reader
Nope, nope, NOPE. DNF.
Mar 07, 2016 marked it as to-read
So many Peter Pan retelling stories this year! YASS!

Candyce Kirk
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
Jan 09, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2016-release
I am a complete sucker for retellings like this!
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Sara Saedi was born in Tehran, Iran smack-dab in the middle of a war and an Islamic Revolution. She received a B.A. in Film and Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley and began her career as a creative executive for ABC Daytime. Since then she's penned three TV movies for ABC Family and a pilot for the Disney Channel, won a Daytime Emmy for What If..., a web series she wro ...more

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