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Next to Never

(Fall Away #4.5)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  7,703 ratings  ·  742 reviews
New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully....

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossib
ebook, 200 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Penguin Publishing Group
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Alexis No I don't want a story about Dylan and the twins...I NEED a story about Dylan and the twins. OMG Penelope pleeeeeeaaassseeeee write one. …moreNo I don't want a story about Dylan and the twins...I NEED a story about Dylan and the twins. OMG Penelope pleeeeeeaaassseeeee write one. (less)
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Penelope Douglas
May 31, 2016 marked it as finished-writing  ·  (Review from the author)
NEXT TO NEVER is up for pre-order!! I'm so excited for everyone to read this, and I know I'm excited, because I'm having a hard time not giving too many teasers right now :D

Links are below, and please remember, this is ebook only on January 17th. The paperback comes out with both Aflame and Next to Never in one on May 2, 2017. Pre-order below, as well.

Nook---> Available Soon

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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
***Full review now posted***

4 Super Cute Stars

So the blurb on this was kind of vague...add to that my vague reading of said ambiguity...and this was my face until about 20% into this bad boy:


Not to say that the plot was super complicated...not to say that I am just retarded (although that might be argued).

Just meaning that I wasn't quite sure where this was going.


However, I love me some Penelope Douglas.

I trust me some Penelope Douglas.

And believe me, I have learned whom and what I can and
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-four-stars
4.25 Stars!!

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Next to Never is nothing like I expected it to be. The story is from Quinn Caruther’s POV, but it’s not completely Quinn’s story (from what I understand, her full length story is yet to come). Quinn is the little sister of Jared, Madoc and Jaxon. With three older brothers like them, she’s never had much freedom in her life. She also doesn’t have much dating experience. This is partly due to her older brothers, and partly because she’s had a long time crush on Lucas. Lucas is qui
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
➳Penelope has a way to attract her readers by providing a story that captivates you with an emotional and a powerful physical level…

➳From the synopsis, we come to an understanding that Quinn-sister of Jared, Jax, and Madoc, and daughter of Jason and Katherine; Madoc’s father and Jared’s mother- and Lucas, a friend of the Caruthers boys, have established feelings for each other and have separated themselves due to the act of adapting a future. Lucas is 29 years old, and Quinn 17 turning 18 ha
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 ~ 5 STARS

”How could something be so right and so toxic at the same time?”

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Wow I read this novella cover to cover last night. I’m still thinking about how brilliantly Penelope Douglas gifted the untold story of Katherine and Jason while in the present we are introduced to teenage Quinn. Quinn is their daughter and sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jax.

Quinn’s all about doing what pleases her family as a senior in high school. She’s hanging out with some great characters all of whi
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
5 STARS <3333

I was so excited to read Next to Never, since I love this series.Each book gives you something and the characters were all loveable.Penelope did an amazing job with this one as well!!She is so talented and her books are addictive!!

The way the story developed with actually two stories was brilliant.And you can see all the characters from the series who are now adult. This book was the perfect piece of puzzle that will connect the previous characters with the upcoming one!

I'm so eage
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.75 stars!

“That’s the hardest thing about being a parent. Living through heartache, bearing your struggles, learning the hard lessons the hard way, and enduring years of climbing a wall only to fall back down and have to start all over again . . .”

Next to Never opens with Quinn, the younger sister of Jared and Madoc, two characters from the Fall Away series. Quinn is seventeen and doesn’t know her path in life, she does what her parents want, but she wants to find something she’s passiona
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it

3 stars

I'll probably be in the minority here with 3 star rating but this was a bit of a downfall for me...i went in expecting someting else (obviously more Quinn and Lucas) but what i got was a messy story of Quinn's parents love affair, as Quinn reads her mom's journal, figuring out that it is actually a story about her parents...and how they've met, what they went through and how they finally found the guts to stand up for themselves and be able to look themselves in the mirror first, face up
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***5 "It will never be over!!!" stars***


By now, you will all know that I adore Mrs. Douglas's stories and i have a small addiction with the Fall away series...

This novel wasn't an exception, even though the blurb was deceitful!!!!

Yep, Quinn was the heroine in this story but it wasn't her story that was said... But, we could call this book as an introduction to the youngest members of this awesome bunch and especially in Quinn's story!!!

But afte
Geri Reads
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

When Penelope Douglas announced that she was going to be writing the second generation of the Fall Away series, I torn between excitement and trepidation. Excitement because, "Yay! More Fall Away Lane! We get to see Jared, Tate and the rest of the gang again!!" And terrified because second generation stories are always tricky to write. For one, there's the timeline. Especially for contemporary books like this, it's going to be hard convincing readers that 16 years has already passed ev
"Happiness is a direction, not a place."

Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Next to Never is told from Quinn’s POV, Katherine (Jared and Jax’s mom) and Jason’s (Madoc’s dad) seventeen year old daughter. This isn’t really Quinn’s story, it’s the romance and history of Katherine and Jason, but there is definitely a set up for her story to come next. Katherine and Jason’s story was passionate, at times toxic and heartbreaking, but this is a romance so you know ultimately there’s a HEA! That’s no spoiler since we already know Katherine and Jason are together in the present, ...more
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
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“A strong person realizes that the only love you truly need in this life is the love you have for yourself. If you have that, it’s like armor. No one can stop you. No one else matters.”

Ugh, I’ve missed the Fall Away characters SO MUCH!!! This novella was the perfect way to introduce the second generation of characters while still rewarding fans of the series with cameos of the original characters. Plus, we finally get Katherine and Jason’s full story! Next
4.5 stars

"Happiness is a direction, not a place."
moonlight ☾
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-favorites
5 stars

this novella was perfection and, tho it was short, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, anticipating the next page. It was a great introduction to the Fall Away kids because we see snippets on possible romances/dramas that lies ahead while also telling how a certain couple whose story I never knew I needed ‘til now met.

”I wish I could do that,” he continued. “But that’s the fucking thing, you know? If I went back to that day, saw you in that thin white T-shirt, and your breat
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Next to Never is a story within a story. It's told in Quinn Caruthers's point of view (you'll get to meet her on Aflame) but the real story in this novella is about the mysterious book she received from an anonymous author. As she gets to read it, everything sounds familiar and she's going to find out who the author is.

I swear, this novella is really good. I don't want to give too much about the book Quinn's reading to avoid spoilers and this makes me miss all the Fall Away series characters. I
Ava Sinclair

YAY! I am so excited for this novella and the next generation! I am beyond excited. So thank you to Penelope Douglas for continuing on with my all time favorite series!

Wendys Wycked Words
I don't know why I didn't read this one sooner. Probably because I am not a real big fan of short stories and so I tend to either skip them or leave them on a backburner.

Anyways... I had no idea what to expect from this one. I knew it was gonna be in Quinn's pov but it also said it wasn't her love story, so call me intrigued.

It wasn't her love story but it was a love story none the less... one I have been wanting to know more about ever since I learned about their romantic involvement. And what
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this series last year and absolutely loved every single book and character that Penelope wrote. With such addicting romances, I was so excited to see that Penelope was releasing a new novella in the series. And that cover?! I knew I had to read it ASAP!

As the baby sister to three much older boys, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, Quinn is used to having a big family who would always have her back. Having so many overbearing men in her family, though, means that they are all protective
Kelli C
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 to 4.5 Falling Hard for the start of this journey....

Penelope Douglas is the only author that I literally have to lock out the world to read. I have to read every single word to ensure I got everything...and that I didn't miss one single piece of prose that she creates because you never know when it will be over...or when it will really start.

Next to Never takes us back to Shelburne of my most favorite places. It is where it all began with one hot Bully and the girl next door. I
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Next to Never is the bridge connecting the past with the future, setting the stage for the next generation of the Fall Away series. It re-introduces Jared, Madoc, and Jax's little sister, Quinn, and their own teenage children as restless, angst-ridden high schoolers ready to dive into their own share of drama. I considered the blurb for Next to Never to be deliberately vague so I won't say much about the plot because, like me, I think you should go in knowing nothing and see for yourself just wh ...more
Lauren ♡
5 stars ☆

Disclaimer: This is a part of a series and to have a better understanding of the other characters, I would read the prior books in the Fall Away series.

This short novella is the last in the Fall Away series. I am not really sure why I didn’t read this sooner but I am so happy that I finally took the time to read it. This novella is centered around Quinn Caruthers receiving a book from an unknown person. The book which is called Next to Never is about her parents’ tumultuous love story.
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Jun 19, 2016 marked it as to-read

Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
3.5 stars🥀

Before reading this book, I quickly glanced at the synopsis and heard that the book would be in Quinn’s perspective.

I also heard that this was not meant to be about her personal love story, and I didn’t really think much of that before picking up the book. Although Quinn and her family are mentioned and their lives are briefly explained, they are NOT the centre focus!

”I think too many people give others too much power over them. But if they're not missing you or thinking about you or
Erica Henry
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
"Because we all eat lies when our hearts are hungry."

"Happiness is a direction, not a place."

"No one else can make you happy, and putting that expectation on the other will doom both of you. You don't look at someone and say, "You can make my life better." You look at someone and say, " I can make your life better." Be a blessing, not a burden."
AHHH this book has seriously pumped me up for the next generation's upcoming books!

Quinn Caruthers; daughter or Jase and Katherine Caruthers, little sister of Jared Trent, Madox Caruthers and Jaxon Trent. In this book, Quinn is 17 and in her last year of high school. She is still hung up on Lucas, a guy who has owned her heart since she can remember. But he hasn't contacted her in 4 years, he hasn't contacted anyone. Yet she still can't let him go.

I thought this book would've been a teaser
Three Chicks
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review by Lisa Kane

I think if I was able to move to a fictional location-it would be Fall Away Lane I haven't just read this series, I've devoured it. I love the flawed characters, the raw emotions, the regrets and mistakes and scars. So getting the chance to read about the next generation just feeds my appetite for more.

Next to Never is as much a story about Jason and Katherine Caruthers as it is a little insight into Quinn's life. Yes, Lucas still has a place in Quinn's heart, but she is livin
Samantha Cesari
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
“All she sees is what’s right in front of her. Guys are drawn to her, because of her spirit and smiles. She’s a happy person, and she makes people feel good when they’re around her. I’m not like that. I’m just kind of there. Like empty space.”

If Penelope Douglas writes a book, I will read it! And this series is one of my favorites, so I could not wait to get back into these characters’ lives! And what a treat! Once again, Ms. Douglas surprises and puts a fresh spin on her beloved characters. Thi
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Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, Birthday Girl, and Credence. Please look for Tryst Six Venom and Motel, as well as the Hellbent series, coming next.

She lives in Las Vegas with her h

Other books in the series

Fall Away (4 books)
  • Bully (Fall Away, #1)
  • Rival (Fall Away, #2)
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