Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson
Published November 21, 2017, by Wednesday Books.
YA > Contemporary
Lily Anderson’s debut novel The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You took Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and reimagined it as a fandom filled YA novel that resonated with readers. Now, building on her nerd approved and classic rom-com based plots, Anderson’s sophomore novel, NOT NOW, NOT EVER is a play on The Importance of Being Ernest with all the geeky fun that made her debut beloved. Anderson introduces her fierce heroine Elliot and sends her to nerd summer camp where hijinks are sure to ensue.
Elliot 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. No thank you.
2. She also isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA. (Ugh.)
3. And she certainly isn’t going to the Air Force summer program on her mom’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 determination, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and run away 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 her dream school. She’s also going to start over as Ever Lawrence: a new name for her new beginning. She’s even excited to spend her summer with the other nerds and weirdos in the completion, like her socially-awkward roommate with neon-yellow hair, and a boy who seriously writes on a typewriter and is way cuter than is comfortable or acceptable.
The only problem with her excellent plan to secretly win the scholarship and a ticket to her future: her golden-child, super-genius cousin Isaiah has had the same idea, and has shown up at Rayevich smugly ready to steal her dreams and expose her fraud in the process. With a persistent female lead and delightful rom-com update to Oscar Wilde, NOT NOW, NOT EVER is witty and fun—sure to entertain even the non-nerdy reader.
Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review, and a chance to be on the blog tour!
Guys, this book was adorable, and right up my alley!!! I really really enjoyed it and sped through reading it.
Before I get too far into the review, I want to debunk any myths that this is a sequel to Lily Anderson’s other book. I guess it’s more of a companion novel? I have yet to read her first book but did not feel at all lost while reading this one.
Okay, so the first thing I loved about this book was Elliot. She’s spunky, witty, and shares my endless love of books.
Second, I loved the premise of a competitive pre-college program! Having attended a pre-college program when I was in high school, I loved reliving the first time experiences of a college-like lifestyle.
Third, Brandon. His love for that typewriter was a fun element to his character, and I mean, how can you not love HIM after reading this book?!
Fourth, Leigh! Elliot’s roommate Leigh was such a sweetheart. I love it when roommates are portrayed as great friends, against the common rumor that roomies don’t end up as friends.
This book was totally a breath of fresh air. It was oozing cuteness, but full of smart writing and characters! I highly highly recommend you check it out, and I can’t wait to read Anderson’s other books!