Book Review: Never After

Book Review: Never AfterNever After by Dan Elconin
Published by Simon Pulse on October 20th 2009
Pages: 320

There is no place like a dysfunctional home.

Leaving everything behind for the Island was Ricky's dream come true. When his happily ever after is not quite what it seems, he discovers that running away means running toward bigger problems.

Trapped on the Island, Ricky must join together with the only people he can trust to help him face his fears and return home. But the only way off the Island is to confront the person who trapped Ricky and his friends in the first place. With countless enemies and true peril staring them down, Ricky's; mission to leave this so-called paradise will become a battle for their very lives.

Never After is an action-packed thrill ride. I honestly cannot remember the last novel that made me laugh so much. Never After, quite literally, made me laugh until I cried quite a few times.

There is so much here for readers to fall in love with. The plot twists, one of a kind characters, and oh, did I mention humor. Never After is not just about the Peter Pan tale. It is about friendships, families, and survival. When I began the novel, I was not completely sure what I was getting myself into. Read the summary, and you might think the novel is about Neverland (aka the Island) being a scary place. However, this summary is quite deceiving and there is so much more to the tale than that. Now, I do not want to give away all of the Island's secrets, so I will leave that statement at that.

Every novel has its little flaw. For Never After, it would have to be its ending. I loved every second of this novel right up until the wind down. For me, it just did not fit cohesively with the rest of the novel. It felt a tad rushed, and not as well explained as I had hoped. You see, part of what I loved about Never After was how detailed Elconin was. So, I was a bit disappointed to have the ending leave me more questions than answers.

Ending aside, I honestly do not think that I can put the awesomeness of Never After into words. It is one of those novels that will appeal highly to boys, however, there is plenty in here for girls to enjoy. And it is that very nice mix that really took me by surprise. Well, to be honest, the whole novel took me by surprise. Every twist… every complexity… had me hanging on Elconin's next word, waiting for more.

Readers Should be Aware: Never After contains high amounts of vulgarity and sexual innuendos that may be offensive to some readers.

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3 responses to “Book Review: Never After

  1. Marie

    I recently picked up this book thinking it was Peter Pan-ish… but even if it’s not, your review made it sound incredibly enjoyable!

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