ARC review: Sometimes never, Sometimes always by Elissa Janine Hoole

Posted August 3, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 2 Comments

ARC review: Sometimes never, Sometimes always by Elissa Janine Hoole

Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always

by Elissa Janine Hoole
Pages: 360
Published on November 8th 2013
by Flux
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley

Cassandra fears rocking the family boat. Instead, she sinks it.

Assigned by her English teacher to write a poem that reveals her true self, Cassandra Randall is stuck. Her family's religion is so overbearing, she can NEVER write about who she truly is. So Cass does what any self-respecting high school girl would do: she secretly begins writing a tarot-inspired advice blog. When Drew Godfrey, an awkward outcast with unwashed hair, writes to her, the situation spirals into what the school calls "a cyberbullying crisis" and what the church calls "sorcery." Cass wants to be the kind of person who sticks up for the persecuted, who protects the victims the way she tries to protect her brother from the homophobes in her church. But what if she's just another bully? What will it take for her to step up and tell the truth?

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3 Stars

pagebreak review

Well… I’m pretty torn about this book. It wasn’t bad. Not at all. The writing was good and the characters were well-developed and all… but it focused on religion a lot. A bit too much for me.

This book is about Cassandra and she lives in a very religious family. She doesn’t feel like she can be herself with them, so she begins writing a tarot-inspired advice blog in secret. And when Drew writes to her… Well, all hell breaks loose. The church calls it sorcery and a cyberbullying crises, as the school calls it, starts. Cass wants to protect the victims, especially her gay brother, but what if she’s just another bully?

Yeah, you can see the religion is a big part of the book. Like I said, it wasn’t bad. The story is good, the writing is good, the characters are well-developed… It’s just to much religion for me. People hating on certain types of books (like vampires and all that stuff), hating on people who are different,… It’s actually a pretty realistic image of some people who really believe in God. I know, not every one of those religious folks are bad, some are really nice and more modern. I have friends who believe and they are great, but I just don’t like the really uptight ones. Anyway, this book handles it great. It shows the bad side of the topic. And it puts a spotlight on bullying, something else I’ve experienced first hand.

That’s all I’m going to say about this book for now. I can start ranting on the topic, but I’m not going to do that. It’s just that this book hits a few subjects that I dealt with and still am, so. Okay.

What do you think of religion in books?

rating 3


Tags: , , , , ,

Like what you see? Enter your email here to get Quite the Novel Idea directly in your mail box. Great, huh?

Enter your e-mail address below to receive new posts directly in your inbox!

2 responses to “ARC review: Sometimes never, Sometimes always by Elissa Janine Hoole

  1. I’m always a bit apprehensive about religion in books. Whenever there’s a character who believes in God it’s like that’s the only thing that is ever focused on and the whole novel is all about the suffocating nature of religion and blah, blah. It either hates on the religious people or it shows the religious people hating on everyone else. It’s just kind of repetitive and dreary to me really.

    To severely misquote Rodney King: can’t we all just get along?

    Allie (Little Birdie Books) recently posted: Book Boys - Alex Fuentes

Leave a Reply

(Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.