Title: What We Saw
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Release Date: January 2015
Retail Price: $15.00
Overall Rating: 7.75 🙂 /10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama, Mystery
” I want to feel that again. I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie,”
I just finished this novel last night and despite the fact that the novel is quite short, it sure did pack a punch. Throughout the novel I “never, never” 🙂 wanted to put down the book. I absolutely loved reading this novel and trust me, if you are a fan of Colleen Hoover you will love this. It’s writing is captivating and your eyes are peeled to the book, page after page. It’s best to go into the novel without knowing anything because it’s what makes this novel so much fun to read! It’s like a puzzle within a book that will keep you desperate to find the pieces to figure out this book.
Never, Never tells the story of two normal teenagers, Silas and Charlie, who wake up one day, to find out that they have no recollection of who they are. Silas and Charlie have been in love since they were young and they have always been in love. Now, they don’t remember each other or themselves and together they must piece to clues together to uncover the truth about who they were but as they dig deeper they discover that their lives weren’t as shallow as they imagined.
I can’t tell you how stunned I was to finish the novel and reading this novel was so riveting. Never, Never really is like one big jigsaw puzzle, which was one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much. From the start of the novel, we jump straight into the action. There is no background, no description of who they are and usually, this would annoy me but for this novel, it made it so much more intriguing. Both characters had lost their memories and as a reader, I felt like I had lost my memory too. I wanted to know who these characters were and page after page we were discovering more, adding piece after piece together until the big crescendo.
The writing was beautiful. It felt like a contemporary but it wasn’t that girly, cutesy kind-of writing it was a more mature writing, that made your eyes glued to every word. It felt like every paragraph and every chapter served a purpose and not words were wasted, it all added to the story. The thoughts of all the characters really felt like it was the true thoughts of someone with amnesias like Silas and Charlie. Even though something like this will clearly not happen in real life, it felt realistic. Every single time I was sucked into this book when I read it and when I came out of it, I felt like I had lost my memory. That’s how well this book was written.
Silas’ character was really interesting. His father seemed so enraged at him when he discovered he was out with Charlie and that really made me curious. I wanted to dive deeper into who he was. He truly seemed like a nice boy, as shown in the homeless person scene but at the same time it felt like he was a bit of a rebel since he was regarded as a popular boy, who was a football player. His character developed very slowly and hopefully, in the next few books we find out more about him.
Charlie’s character annoyed me at times. She was the popular mean girl but I liked how she was trying to mend her ways. I really want to find out what caused her and Silas’ family to go into this big feud. Charlie’s character developed a lot more than Silas’ and throughout the novel you can see the changes.
The only problem, unfortunately, was that sometimes it was hard to discern who’s point of view it was. Maybe it was because I read this book too fast, but at times, I had to flick back a few pages to check whose perspective it was in. The romance also was very fast. Silas and Charlie barely knew each other during the book, yet Silas was in love with her. That felt a bit unrealistic but I still ship them. 🙂
The ending blew me away, I can’t believe Charlie is missing because now it gets so much more complicated and just when it feels like we discovered why they both lost their memories, Silas discovers that it’s going to happen again! The ending chapter, was so fast pace and then bam it ends with a “to be continued…” What??? I need the next book!
Overall, I had so much fun reading this book! I can’t wait for the next book! What I really like about these novels is the fact that they are so short, it’s so much easier for me to squeeze in time to read! Have you read this book? Did you like it?