Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Not Now, Not Ever

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...

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Not Now, Not Ever Reviews

  • Stacee

    I didn’t even read the synopsis for this book. Between that cover and Lily’s name attached to it, I was sold.

    I love love loved Elliot. Her inner monologue is snarky and fantastic. She’s smart and strong and truly delightful. I don’t even know what to say about the adorable-ness that is fluent in French Brandon and I’m absolutely ready for a story with Leigh as the MC. Ohh and I was borderline maniacal with glee when I saw Ben and Trixie again.

    Plot wise, it was fun. There were a lot of pop cult

    I didn’t even read the synopsis for this book. Between that cover and Lily’s name attached to it, I was sold.

    I love love loved Elliot. Her inner monologue is snarky and fantastic. She’s smart and strong and truly delightful. I don’t even know what to say about the adorable-ness that is fluent in French Brandon and I’m absolutely ready for a story with Leigh as the MC. Ohh and I was borderline maniacal with glee when I saw Ben and Trixie again.

    Plot wise, it was fun. There were a lot of pop culture references and more snark than you could shake a stick at. And never did I feel like I wasn’t smart enough to read a book about geniuses. If anything, I want to start it all over again.

    Overall, there is absolutely no worry of a sophomore slump with this book and I can’t even wait to see what Lily gives us next.

    **Huge thanks to Wednesday books for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Dahlia

    So fun and cute. I love that Anderson has totally made "Nerdy Rom Coms Based on Classics" her skillful niche. Really liked the military angle to Ever's background, too, as well as the family and racial dynamics. Also, calling it now that Ever will realize she's bi in college.

  • Sam Kozbial

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    This was so much fun! I loved Elliot/Ever and her band of nerdy geniuses, and THAT's how you do an ending.

    This was one of my Can't-Wait Wednesday picks, and I must say, I had chosen well, because this was such a fun and delightful read. The synopsis does say this is a sequel, but my understanding is it's more of a companion. There are characters featured from Anderson's last book, which I am definitely going to read, but I did not feel out of the loop reading this book, without

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    This was so much fun! I loved Elliot/Ever and her band of nerdy geniuses, and THAT's how you do an ending.

    This was one of my Can't-Wait Wednesday picks, and I must say, I had chosen well, because this was such a fun and delightful read. The synopsis does say this is a sequel, but my understanding is it's more of a companion. There are characters featured from Anderson's last book, which I am definitely going to read, but I did not feel out of the loop reading this book, without having read The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You (but I am going to buy it!). There are so many things to love, and here's my short list.

    •This is a great twist on The Importance of Being Earnest. Like Jack, Elliot had a lot of responsibilities. She had to forgo her own activities to babysit her younger bother and volunteer at her step-mother's theatre. She was also facing pressure from her mother's clan to uphold the family legacy, and enlist in the air force. Unable to pursue her own passions as herself, she created an alter ego, much like how

    Jack had Ernest, and set out to claim her dream of studying science fiction. Not only did the play inspire the story, it had a place in the story, as Elliot's step mother was repeatedly involved in a production of the play, and lines from the script worked their way into Elliot's inner monologues. I thought it was quite an ingenious way to include the original work, and found the passaged quoted quite brilliantly place.

    •I fell in love with Elliot. She very fresh and a definite standout among YA protagonists. Her head was quite an entertaining place to be, as she shared her musings about serious and inane things, but I also loved the way she grew over the course of this book. It may have been a short time at the Melee, but it was a valuable experience for Elliot.

    •The crew at Camp Onward featured so many fantastic characters. It made me giddy being surrounded by this quirky band of geniuses. With that many uber-intelligent people in one place, you know we are going to get exposed to some great nerdy talk involving fandoms. Fabulous references abounded in this book, and I loved every second of it.

    •The characters in general were very well done. Each felt well crafted, their characteristics carefully selected to enhance my reading experience.

    •I loved the extra challenges at Camp Onward! They had me at amoeba tag.

    •The romance was so sweet. I love a good romance, and I had no problem shipping these two from their first meeting. There was something special in their interactions and the way they were with each other, that just made me want them to succeed.

    •The ending!!!! I know I complain A LOT about endings, but this one was spot on. All I am going to say is that it put a big, stupid grin on my face and I still have a little warmth in my heart as I write this review.

    Overall: I have always enjoyed fun and endearing nerdy romance, and I am so excited to have found a YA author, who can fill that place in my world.

    *I would like to thank the publisher for the advance copy of this book.

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  • Liv (Olivia Chanel's Galaxy of Books)

    I have fallen in love with Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson. This book is funny, adorable, and perfect for anyone interested in a nerdy romantic comedy. This diverse contemporary young adult story is about Ever and her summer at a competitive camp for ge

    I have fallen in love with Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson. This book is funny, adorable, and perfect for anyone interested in a nerdy romantic comedy. This diverse contemporary young adult story is about Ever and her summer at a competitive camp for geniuses where she has the chance to win a scholarship to her dream school. The only catch is that everyone in her family thinks she is somewhere else and no one at camp knows her real identity.

    Not Now, Not Ever is inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest and that makes the story that much more interesting. The book has the best vibes and if you are interested in young adult books that actually show the characters studying, this is it. Not only those this novel gives you the best nerdy fantasy vibes, it also has a romantic plot that will make readers swoon. The relationships that exist between all of the characters, especially the deep friendships that develop, are what makes this book so great.

    If you want a light young adult story with romantic, nerdy, hilarious and just plain heartwarming moments, Not Now, Not Ever is a great choice.

    There is so much about this book readers will fall in love with.

  • Silvana [The Book Voyagers]

    Lily Anderson wrote a nerdy contemporary YA and it was the best thing in the world. Now I know I have to read the one before this one because the ship (and various characters) appear in this book but OLDER. So they're in the age of NA and that makes me want to scream so I want to read it because I just know I'll love it a lot.

    I also loved this one a lot obviously *stares at rating* I'm a sucker for nerdy roma

    Lily Anderson wrote a nerdy contemporary YA and it was the best thing in the world. Now I know I have to read the one before this one because the ship (and various characters) appear in this book but OLDER. So they're in the age of NA and that makes me want to scream so I want to read it because I just know I'll love it a lot.

    I also loved this one a lot obviously *stares at rating* I'm a sucker for nerdy romances. Or nerdy theme in books. It's one of my favorite tropes/theme/kinks around. So what happens is that Ever, our protagonist, runs away to summer camp instead of going to air force camp and she changes her name (a nickname) and her last name (her other last name). But she goes to summer camp OF GENIUSES. Lit all of the people in this camp are geniuses. They know so much and are A+ amazing woah like for real. Ever meets so many great people including her new roomate Leigh who is freaking amazing, and Brandon, a boy who has long bangs, thick eyebrows, has a typewriter instead of a laptop and loveeees math.

    Everything about this book is so adorable and FUN. It never got tiresome or boring or like I needed to stop. I binge read this mf book you all. It's so GOOOOOOD. It's the perfect summer book that for sure will make you smile and cry.

  • Sherwood Smith

    This YA novel with a romantic thread is every bit as wonderful as the author's previous. This one features protagonists mostly seventeen, the summer before senior year of high school. Elliott has sneakily signed up for a summer camp for smart nerds, given at a college that has a famous science fiction section. Her mother expects her to stay with family tradition and go into the military; her step-mother and lawyer father are horrified at the idea and want her to stay close.

    So she runs away . .

    This YA novel with a romantic thread is every bit as wonderful as the author's previous. This one features protagonists mostly seventeen, the summer before senior year of high school. Elliott has sneakily signed up for a summer camp for smart nerds, given at a college that has a famous science fiction section. Her mother expects her to stay with family tradition and go into the military; her step-mother and lawyer father are horrified at the idea and want her to stay close.

    So she runs away . . . to summer camp for smart kids, and changes her name to Ever Lawrence. But she discovers to her horror that her incredibly annoying cousin Isaiah, who is not even sixteen, also got in. The two of them pretend to be twins, so that Isaiah won't get booted out, their decision more of a truce, or mutual blackmail, than friendship.

    The camp is run by college-age counselors, and it's mostly based on mountains of trivia in a lot of subjects, but surprisingly enough, not math. There's a reason for that, and a mystery, and a beautifully developed romance, and some very sharply realized emotional growing up, which often times smart kids don't have to do, because they intimidate (or fog) everyone around them.

    It's funny, full of great characters; Anderson understands smart kids and their warts as well as their great qualities. The mystery gets solved, and Elliott has to make some hard decisions. Terrific voice, great pace, heartfelt moments as well as the fun. So far this author is batting two for two (books I read on NetGalley that I buy for my shelves.)

    Copy provided courtesy of NetGalkey

  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)

    While it took sometime for me to get into the story, it ended up becoming something that I wasn't expecting: fun and hilarious! Probably the best contemporary I've read this year. The only thing that's lacking is a Quidditch match!

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    This was such a fun book! There was drama and laughs and lots of fantastic banter - everything you could want from an Wildean-inspired tale.

    follows Elliot Lawrence Gabaroch as she reinvents herself as Ever Lawrence, and sneaks away to a genius camp for a chance to win a scholarship to her dream school. Ever’s love of scienec fiction writi

    This was such a fun book! There was drama and laughs and lots of fantastic banter - everything you could want from an Wildean-inspired tale.

    follows Elliot Lawrence Gabaroch as she reinvents herself as Ever Lawrence, and sneaks away to a genius camp for a chance to win a scholarship to her dream school. Ever’s love of scienec fiction writing puts her on the outs of her Air Force legacy family, but Ever is willing to do anything to make her dream come true. But complications arise and hilarity ensures as the teens battle it out for the scholarships. Not Now, Not Ever is an engaging tale of family expectation and reinvention.

    I really liked the inclusion of the

    . Ever’s familiarity with the play from her stepmom’s recurring roles in local plays was great and didn’t feel forced. I loved seeing her applying the play to her situation.

    There was such a great

    - all of which perfectly reflect both Ever’s journey and

    . I liked that we get to see that everyone has secrets and creates a performance for others.

    I really loved seeing

    develop. I’m always here for friendships in stories and I loved that they didn’t drift into competitive meangirls even when the scholarship prize is so lifechanging.

    There was such great

    ! I was constantly laughing and smiling, and it made the story so easy to read. I didn’t want to stop. All the flirty banter between Ever and Brandon was fantastic too!

    It was a little hard to keep track of who all the

    were at the beginning of the story. Quite a few of them just ran together and I didn’t really differentiate them until about halfway into the story.

    This was just such a fun story and there were so many great characters. The story was dramatic and charming and lively.

    is a must read for fans of humorous reads.

  • Savanah Lowder

    Y'all! This book is so. Effing. Fun.

    I won the ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway and I could not have been more thrilled! It's so unbelievably nerdy, every chapter having nerd references that make it that much more fun, if you're into that (which I most definitely am).

    I somehow missed that this is a sequel! So I have not read the first book, but I have now purchased it and can't wait. And I don't think anything was ruined for me. I enjoyed this book very much as a standalone.

    The writing here is so fun!

    Y'all! This book is so. Effing. Fun.

    I won the ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway and I could not have been more thrilled! It's so unbelievably nerdy, every chapter having nerd references that make it that much more fun, if you're into that (which I most definitely am).

    I somehow missed that this is a sequel! So I have not read the first book, but I have now purchased it and can't wait. And I don't think anything was ruined for me. I enjoyed this book very much as a standalone.

    The writing here is so fun! Very quick-paced, easy to get through. Had I had the time, this is exactly the kind of book I love to read in an afternoon!

    The pacing is spot on. No parts of the book lag at all.

    This is one of my favorite kinds of stories. I adore books that are easygoing, fun, and not too serious. This is exactly what I was in the mood for. I LOVE books about summer, with cute little romances and there's just something about going away to camp that I die for. So this, where Ever goes to what is basically a nerdy summer camp (though at a college) was right up my alley.

    If you like books like When Dimple Met Rishi or Summer Unscripted, this is exactly the kind of book for you.

    The characters here are what really make this so worth it! We have a pretty decent-sized ensemble cast, most of whom are distinct characters and easy to keep straight. Some we don't get to know as well, and that's how it should be, given the camp situation. But the counselors are fun, and the other kids competing with Ever are really great.

    Ever, our narrator, is awesome. She's such an amazing main character for a lot of reasons. She's brilliant, funny, a bona fide genius. She's not extremely girly, opting for running clothes, but she's also not the typical archetypal character we see. Whenever I read a story about a girl like Ever, there's a distinct "I'm not like other girls" quality. (For instance, my only problem with WDMR is that Dimple puts down on traditionally girly girls.) We don't get that with Ever. There's no jealousy issues, there's no "I'm not girly so I must not be pretty." She's a confident, kickass chick and I love her.

    Brandon, our romantic interest for Ever, is awesome. He's nerdy af, like, so nerdy. He uses a typewriter, for crying out loud. But I think this is super healthy, because here we have another nerdy, nice, decent guy, who is also sexy and whom you're excited about. I too often see the "bad boy" thing in YA, and I love leading men who break that role.

    I also want to say I believe the romance between Ever and Brandon is incredibly realistic and very healthy for teens. It's not love at first sight; it's given healthy and real time to develop and that's so important to me.

    In terms of representation, we get a couple of really great things, here!

    Ever is black, so we get a brilliant, genius black girl as our main character, which is phenomenal. No stereotyping. She's also quick to call out racism/talk about it in a way that's not alienating and I think it's really healthy for any young people reading.

    Ever wears her hair natural, she has a full afro, which I love to see! Great shot of this on the cover, too.

    We also get an interracial relationship, between her and Brandon, which is awesome (especially because neither make this a big deal, as it shouldn't be).

    And a greatly diverse cast among the side characters, also!

    My final thought is that this is a fun, easy read that will most definitely tug at your heartstrings!

    Thanks to the publisher for early access to this book in exchange for an honest review!

  • Jen Ryland

    read at times like sort of a nerd Hunger Games, as a bunch of competitive, gifted kids compete for a college scholarship in the intense and hilarious way that only nerdy kids can. (As a former Academic Decathlon participant, I'm not embarrassed to admit that I know a tiny bit about intense nerdy competitions.) Though I AM embarrassed to admit that I was the Literature specialist in Academic Decathlon and I don't remember one single thing about

    wh

    read at times like sort of a nerd Hunger Games, as a bunch of competitive, gifted kids compete for a college scholarship in the intense and hilarious way that only nerdy kids can. (As a former Academic Decathlon participant, I'm not embarrassed to admit that I know a tiny bit about intense nerdy competitions.) Though I AM embarrassed to admit that I was the Literature specialist in Academic Decathlon and I don't remember one single thing about

    which this is inspired by.

    lol - I just realized the pun in the title.

    Longer review on the blog and I will be part of the blog tour!

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