Title: Maybe Never
Author: Sadie Allen
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 231 pages, Ebook
Published: February 20th, 2017 by Sadie Allen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This book was so much more than I expected and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I fell in love with this story and I enjoyed the ride till the very end.
Judd Jackson had it all, from college scholarship to best friends and a hot girlfriend. But everything goes down in drain when one his family secrets is revealed and he becomes their new target of bullying until Sunny comes into the picture. She always had a thing for Judd and when they are made class partner, an unlikely friendship form between the two which escalates into something more they both can’t deny.
I really enjoyed the plot. The story was pretty engaging right from the start and I couldn’t put this book down! After a family secret gets revealed, Judd becomes an outcast and the subject of bullying from his very own friends and girlfriend. I really hated how he was treated for something that was not even his fault which revealed how superficial his friends were.
“You only really knew who your true friends were when you were at your lowest with nothing to offer. After the smoke cleared, that was when you finally saw who was left standing beside you.”
I liked Judd, he was a great guy but I wished he stood up more for himself. His anger with his father’s situation was just but I wished we got to learn a bit more about it but I felt satisfied with the ending. Anyway, I loved Sunny! She was upfront and didn’t take any shit from people. When she chose Judd’s side, it did bring her a lot of trouble but I was glad she didn’t back up from them.
The chemistry between Judd and Sunny was pretty great, their relationship developed slowly and I fell in love with their romance! Those two were definitely not devoid of flaws but together, they were perfect. I really enjoyed Molly’s character, she was a great best friend and I definitely can’t rule out Sally, she was a great parent figure for her. But the one character that I truly hated was Sunny’s dad, I’m so glad he got the deserved punishment for what he did.
Overall, Maybe Never was a great read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I really enjoyed the romance between Judd and Sally and I couldn’t stop myself from wanting more. The writing was smooth and beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I am absolutely keeping my eyes out for the next book by this author!
Don’t forget to scroll down to read the amazing interview of Sadie Allen!
Hey there! I’m so glad to have you on my little blog today!
S: Hi! It’s good to be here! 🙂
1. How did the idea of Maybe Never come to your mind?
The idea actually came to me during an episode of Dr. Phil. The show had on a man with two daughters, one was middle school age and the other was in her late teens or early twenties. He had decided to transition to female and basically cut his daughters from his life. The oldest shook with fury as she confronted him about his decision to become female and for not being a part of her younger sister’s life. She didn’t understand his decision because to her he was the epitome of masculinity. He was a police officer, outdoorsman, gun enthusiast, and loved sports. How could a man like that want to become a woman? She just couldn’t wrap her mind around it. The younger daughter, I think her problem was him not contacting her. She wanted him in her life, but he didn’t think either daughter could accept him for who he was… The whole situation struck me as very sad. America was also going through a social upheaval at the time and that influenced me quite a bit. It all just got me thinking “what if…” and thus Judd Jackson was born. I wanted to create a world where young people were dealing with these social issues and overcoming them. That where there is love, there is a way.
2. Tell us a bit about your writing process.
I start out with a bunch of vague notes about a story, mainly bullet points in a notebook, and it could be a physical description of a character, a place, snippets of dialogue, or a central issue I want to discuss. Then, I open my laptop and start fleshing out the ideas that are in my notebook and see where they take me. I’m a mom to three kids, the youngest being almost 7 months old, so I write whenever I have an opportunity. Sometimes I can catch a moment during the day, but a lot of my writing takes place after my family is in bed. I do make a lot of notes during the day and troll Pinterest for pictures to go along with my ideas. I have a Pinterest Board for most of the novels I’ve written or plan to write. That’s basically my process. I try to write a thousand words a day, but that can be hit or miss.
3. What were the challenges that you faced while writing this book?
I was really nervous about writing/publishing this book because it deals with so many hot button issues- bullying, race/class conflict, domestic violence, addiction, gender identity, and death. Self-doubt plagued me the whole time I was writing. I hit a wall halfway through and didn’t know if I would be able to overcome it. That’s why I didn’t win NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. I just didn’t know what would come next, which was a problem I had been having for about ten years. I have several half-finished manuscripts on my computer because I just couldn’t power through the middle. What got me through this time was something on Stephenie Meyer’s FAQ section on her website. She wrote most of her novels out of order. She wrote whatever scene she felt like writing that day and that’s what kept me going. I took a page out of her book and started writing the end of my novel because I knew what I wanted to happen. I just bridged the gap from there. I also participated in a writing boot camp hosted by Jessi Gibson and she held me accountable to get that middle written.
4. Is the contemporary genre your favorite to write? Would we be seeing any books from another genre in the near future?
I think it’s a toss up between contemporary and paranormal romance. I have two paranormal romance novels half-written (one YA and the other NA) and a notebook for another one that I plan to write in the future. I also have an incomplete manuscript for an adult contemporary romance that I was writing/editing when I came up with the idea for Maybe Never and notebooks for two different adult contemporary series. So, there will be a lot of writing in my future.
Right now, I’m working on a standalone YA contemporary romance and the follow-up novel to Maybe Never called Maybe Molly. I plan on publishing them late summer and early fall.
5. What is your dream cast for Maybe Never?
Judd- Lucas Till (Monster Trucks)
Sunny- Amber Midthunder (Longmire)
Sally- Shirley MacLaine
Molly- Jennifer Lawrence
6. Name three of your favourite books.
That’s a hard one…
1) Pride and Prejudice
2) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
3) Anything written by Kristen Ashley (mature audiences only)
7. Can you tell us a bit about your next book?
Saving Me is a book that’s really close to my heart. I’m putting a lot of myself into this one and it’s been hard to write. Not because the words aren’t there, but I’m having to relive some of the emotions that I experienced when I was a teenager. I was an overworked, overstressed, and unhappy teen. Everyone at school thought I had the perfect life when the reality was that I often thought of running away or committing suicide. The main character, Ally Everly, is wanting to do the latter. I wasn’t actively suicidal, but Ally is in this book. She’s a bit immature and a little dramatic, but she finds her strength and inner peace with the help of an unlikely group of people.
Maybe Molly, well… Molly McEntire has been keeping secrets and those secrets are about to blow up in her face. We’ll be seeing Sunny, Judd, and Sally in this novel along with some others that didn’t get much page time.
8. What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Do not quit. There is no secret formula or easy way. You just have to sit down and write. It’s that simple and that hard. You’re going to want to quit, but don’t do it! Just keep plugging along until your novel is complete. The first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be written.
It was great having you on my blog today! Thank you so much and I wish you much success in the future.
S: Thank you for having me! I enjoyed answering your questions and hope to be back on your blog in the future!
So guys, what do you think about this book? Do you want to give this one a try? Or is it already in your tbr?