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Welcome to the Not Now, Not Ever blog tour! This is Lily Anderson’s second classically-inspired nerdy YA book! Scroll on down to check out the book, review, and see some of my favourite quotes from the book!
The sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest.
Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer.
1. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest..
2. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn't going to the Air Force summer program on her mother's base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender's Game, Ellie's seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it's much less Luke/Yoda/"feel the force," and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn't appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she'd be able to defeat afterwards.
What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she's going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?
This summer's going to be great.
With a geeky contemporary spin on the classic The Importance of Being Earnest (by Oscar Wilde) Elliot Gabaroche, with a new name, runs away to summer camp for the geniuses for a chance to win a scholarship to her dream school. This was a really cute companion book to The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You! While I didn’t quite fall in love with the characters like I did in TOTWTMIY, Ever (our Elliot) was pretty awesome and I loved her new BBF at summer camp, Leigh. Bonus points for having a great diverse cast, too!
The story is choked full of fun, nerdy, geeky, pop culture references. And it was pretty hilarious to watch Ever and her teammates compete in some crazy academic and just plain weird (non-academic) competitions. There’s also a touch a mystery to keep us on our toes.
I enjoyed watching Ever figure out her identity and her adorable relationship with Brandon (the ghost, ha) (who you might recognize from TOTWTMIY), and great friendship with Leigh. We also get to see a whole bunch of the TOTWTMIY gang (as camp counselors, I think Meg got more sassy!) which was hilarious and fun. While you definitely don’t need to read TOTWTMIY to enjoy Not Now, Not Ever, it was nice to catch up with them after three years to see where everyone is!
Overall, this is a fun, sweet and nerdy read with loveable and relatable characters you want to root for. I’m definitely looking forward to more geeky classical adaptations from Lily Anderson! Also, pun title is on point.
Every table seemed to be filled with equal parts excitement and terror. And supreme disappointment in the breakfast options.
I should have remembered, said Oscar Wilde, that when one is going to lead an entirely new life, one requires regular and wholesome meals.
“You are one of the things I already miss.” I stole another urgent kiss from his stung lips. “So I want you to win, too.”
“I will memorize baroque composers for you. Not just three examples. All of them. Once I figure out how to go back to studying after this. I don’t want to stop the this part.”
I was going on a date. I was running away while running away. I was about three seconds from freaking the hell out, because I really couldn’t gauge my own ratio of excited to scared.
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