Maybe Never – Sadie Allen
Judd Jackson had it all—star football player with a college scholarship, perfect family, tons of friends, and a beautiful girlfriend. He was the most popular guy in town … until a family secret burned it all to the ground. Now, he’s the object of scorn and ridicule, and the only thing he has left is his scholarship and counting down the days until he can leave town.
One goal-oriented girl…
Sunny Blackfox was alone in the world, but she had big plans and big dreams to keep her occupied. She didn’t have time for anyone in her life. That was, until she came to the rescue of the boy she always had a thing for.
They have everything going against them, but maybe, if they are lucky, they will make it out-of-town after graduation together … or maybe never.
A great read, with great characters. Sadie Allen’s writing pulled me in with the drama at the start of the book, and kept me reading with great characters, both nice and nasty. I love how Sunny stood up for Judd, and it just goes on up from that point, experiencing everything from both Sunny and Judd’s points of view.
While I like both the main characters very much, I especially like Sunny. She’s strong, smart, and brave. Her life is tough and she wants to leave the heartache behind and make something of her life. Judd was a ‘golden boy’, and when that is taken away he is lost, insecure, and unable to deal with the injustice of it all. Sunny is his saviour; she brings out his true character.
Their romance is adorable, and it was a lovely and natural evolution from study partners, to allies, to friends, to a couple. Although these are teenagers with rampaging hormones, the sex is kept in the background, rather than explicitly on the page. It makes such a change, and made the story so much more realistic to be honest.
Allen sets a good pace as the pair battle neglect, bullying, violence, and brutality, while fighting to remain strong and true to themselves and each other. The author also gets the balance between dark and light, drama and peace nigh on perfect, and while there is tragedy at the heart of this tale, for some reason Hamlet’s words jumped into my mind:
to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them
I believe that is the essence of what Sunny and Judd do. Intense, dark, heartwarming and sweet, I highly recommend Maybe Never.