Reader Reviewed Never Evers by Lucy Ivison, Tom Ellen

Never Evers

Written by Lucy Ivison, Tom Ellen

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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | January 2016 Book of the Month As warming as a cup of hot chocolate on a winter’s day, Never Evers is guaranteed to leave readers happy and smiling. The story of two groups of teenagers on a school ski trip it is told in alternate chapters by Mouse (real name Matilda) and Jack. Max, the self-appointed leader of Jack’s gang is determined he and his friends will get off with girls on the trip, while Mouse has pressing concerns of a different nature. There’s an instant spark between our narrators but this path of true love will be interrupted by friends, a hamster and even a French version of Justin Bieber. It all makes for a fresh, funny romance, full of truths and charm.

Ending with a first kiss, this is for a younger audience than the authors’ debut Lobsters. Readers will also enjoy Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets, another funny and honest look at first love. ~ Andrea Reece

A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher School trips – love or loathe them, here’s the terrible truth with all its cringy, funny and frankly full-on embarrassing moments! Will it be all right in the end? Who knows! But that brilliant pair of comic friends Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison take us on a snow-filled, fun-packed journey no one will ever quite recover from! Makes me want to hide in the toilets all over again.

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Marianne Corrick-Gough - 'This book had me from the beginning! It was such a lovely story based on such charming characters. I loved the fact it just didn't go right to begin with!'
  • Charnell Vevers - 'It's an adorably cute read that is packed full of humour and laugh out loud moments. With co-authors Tom and Ellen both bringing something unique to the table, this book is a read that will appeal to both boys and girls.'
  • Destiny Maraj, age 14 - 'It was unique, funny and mayhem filled. I really liked how it was wrote from two different perspectives and just thought it was a brilliant book in general.'
  • Courtney Martin, Great Torrington School 'The genre was a bit of romance and a bit of mayhem but it was a book to enjoy. It was well-written and the vocabulary was interesting but I understood it well.'
  • Jodi Coffman, age 13 - 'This book was great and had so many interesting story lines.  I recommend this to young teenagers who would like an alternative perspective on romance.'
  • Rosie Cousins, age 14 - 'It brings some very cringe worthy moments that make your toes want to curl up, and you can't help but to smile and laugh along to.'
  • Maisie, age 14 - 'Never Evers is a brilliant read!'
  • Jade Hall, age 14 - 'A school ski trip, broken friendships, secrets and lies, a good-looking boy, a French pop star and an illegal immigrant hamster – what could possibly go wrong for Mouse?'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 17 - 'Funny feel good book. Loved every minute reading it!'
  • Sadie Dennis - 'I love the multiple viewpoints of both the boy and girl and the hilarious way they are both portrayed...I hope this book gets big, because it's so good it REALLY deserves it!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was a fun read about school trips, love and adventure away from home.'
  • Phoebe Allan - 'Growing up is is stressful...anyone who is a young teenager will relate to this story! A fun, chick flick of a book, perfect for a light hearted read!'
  • Alex McCalla, age 16 - 'To me, Never Evers had a good plot and I liked the characters in the book. However, I wasn't really sure about the book was written.'

Some of our readers were also lucky enough to read and review Lobsters, the first book from this duo telling their story from both a male & female perspective;

  • Sarah Murray, age 15 -'*Warning: Do not read this book in public as it may result in weird looks from strangers as you will be laughing hysterically*'
  • Poppy, age 17 - 'The most funniest book I have ever read...'
  • Kaya B, age 16 - 'There were so many laugh-out-loud moments; I was wiping my tears of laughter from my face...has a great plot and is full of a fantastic cast of characters.'
  • Delilah Acworth, age 15 - 'It has been the first book in a long time that I have specifically  stayed up to read. A wonderfully funny book with a bit of heart for good measure.'
  • Rosie Cousins, age 14 - 'The plot cleverly devised in-between two points of view, made me want to read more...This book has made me believe in fate, with all the mistakes leading to the one you know is the one for you.'
  • Ciara McIlvenna, age 17 - 'A light-hearted, comedic read, reminiscent of what it is like to be young, free and looking for love.'
  • Jodi Coffman - 'This is a great book with an exciting story line.  Every chapter has a plot change and I couldn't wait to read on.  I would recommend this book if you like love stories with a twist!'
  • Jade Craddock - 'Original, quirky and well as being great fun, it’s a sincere and endearing read. Everything young adults could want from a book.'
  • Raimy Greenland - 'Oh my word. I haven't laughed so much in years and that was within the first few chapters! What a book!' 
  • Chelsea Symons - 'I really enjoyed this book.'


Never Evers by Lucy Ivison, Tom Ellen

Never Evers, like Lobsters, is a dual narrative from both a boy’s and a girl’s perspective, which explores friendships and first experiences with the opposite sex. But this time, the story is focused on the early years of teen-dom and is packed with anxiety over the first kiss, dorm-room gossip and friendships forged on the ski slopes. The school ski trip isn't going to plan. Jack's bored; Mouse has fallen out with her friends. But when a French popstar - who Jack's a dead ringer for - arrives in the resort, the snowy slopes begin to get a bit more interesting ...

Kicked out of ballet academy and straight into a school ski trip, Mouse knows certain classmates can't wait to see her fall flat on her face. Meanwhile, Jack looks forward to danger and girls, but hasn't a clue about either. That's until French teen sensation Roland arrives in the resort - who Jack's a dead ringer for. When Roland persuades Jack to be his stand-in for a day, Jack, in disguise, declares his feelings for Mouse. But what happens when he's no longer a pop star - will it be music and magic on the slopes?


Praise for Lobsters

‘The book will strike a chord with readers of different ages and the descriptions are vivid... extremely engaging and it brings out the insecurities of being a teenager and the worries about being uncool ... Lobsters will make you laugh and cringe.’ MARTIN CHILTON, TELEGRAPH

‘Funny, awkward and full of genuine teenage passions and anxieties, Lobsters, told in the alternate voices of Hannah and Sam, is both tender and entertaining.’ JULIA ECCLESHARE

‘Funny and frank … David Nicholls for the YA generation.’ THE TIMES

About the Author

Lucy Ivison, Tom Ellen

Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison met in the sixth form and have been friends ever since.

Lucy runs online teen magazine Whatever After, as well as teaching in girls’ schools across London specialising in building confidence and creativity.

Tom is a journalist and has written for ShortList, Time Out, Vice, talkSPORT, ESPN and Viz.

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Publication date

7th January 2016




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