The Parnassus Young Adult First Editions Club

Our August 2015 selection is:

Never Always Sometimes, by Adi Alsaid

One of my favorite types of songs is “the cover that reinvents the original.” I could make you a whole playlist, but to get the gist of what I mean, listen to Birdie’s cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love,” Kiesza’s version of that early 90s masterpiece, “What Is Love,” or the snippets Ryan Adams has been posting on the internet from his project to cover the entirety of Taylor Swift’s 1989.

Our selection this month, Adi Alsaid’s sophomore novel Never Always Sometimes, does to the love story what those covers do to the original songs. It begins with the basic structure and weaves an entirely new and unexpected narrative around it. If at any point in this book you think you know where the story is going, keep reading anyway: Alsaid is going to surprise you.

That element of surprise is what I loved most about Never Always Sometimes. Julia and Dave, best friends since forever, think they have everything figured out: Themselves, their friendship, their classmates, their plans for the future. They live in a safe, comfortable, and predictable world. When, as high school seniors, they decide to start crossing off items on a list they made at the beginning of high school of cliched things they promised to never do, they each think they know what’s going to happen. As a reader, you do too. You think, “Oh, they’re going to fall in love.”

As Julia and Dave discover within themselves, each other, and the people around them things they never expected to find, Alsaid slowly and masterfully peels back the layers of his characters and his story. What’s waiting at the heart of his book is nothing less than a great truth about love, hard won and worth the wait. -- Stephanie Appell, Manager of Books for Young Readers

Membership Information

Here's how it works:

We will select a new young adult book each month, have the author sign first editions of the book, and send it to our club members. That's all there is to it! You can count on the following:

  • A signed, first edition book twelve times a year

  • Hand-picked titles recommended by Parnassus booksellers

  • We hope you love the books we choose, but if you don't, you can return a selection within two weeks of receiving it.

  • You will be charged the list price of the book, plus a $6.00 shipping charge if applicable.  

Note: If you choose in-store pickup, we will hold your signed first edition for up to two weeks, after which time we will charge your account $6.00 and ship your book to you.


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