Not Now, Not Ever: A Novel

Not Now Not Ever A Novel 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 She isn t going to stay home i

  • Title: Not Now, Not Ever: A Novel
  • Author: LilyAnderson
  • ISBN: 9781250142108
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 atThe 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 UCLA.3 And she certainly isn t going to the Air Force summer program on her mother 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 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 attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go 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 she s going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family s expectations Because why do what s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time This summer s going to be great.

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    1. 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 . . [...]

    2. Not Now, Not Ever 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 The Importance of Being Earnest wh [...]

    3. 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 o [...]

    4. 4.5 Stars“I was ready to be comfortably in the middle of a story instead of running toward the end. I was done trying to outpace myself.”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. Not Now, Not Ever 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 wri [...]

    5. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press, for my ARC of Not Now, Not Ever. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication.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 [...]

    6. Rating: 4.5 StarsThis 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 [...]

    7. 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.

    8. NOT NOW, NOT EVER was not what I was expecting. I had completely forgotten this was a sorta-sequel, definite-companion, to THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU. So seeing some familiar faces a few years on from Anderson's debut was a total delight and I loved all of them so much. I loved the concept of this genius camp that had an almost HUNGER GAMES-style competition, but nerdy and sans death; I loved all the characters (seriously, all of them, that almost never happens) that made up Elliot's te [...]

    9. 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! **Full review now posted in my book blog! Note: I won this book in a giveaway but this does not, in any way, affect my review. All thoughts are my own.

    10. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the egalley. All opinions are my own.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 [...]

    11. Y'all! This book is so. Effing. Fun.I won the ARC in a 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 qui [...]


    13. This is really good. It's good because of its protagonist, who is fabulous: believably smart and warm and and funny and an interesting person and a good friend:I didn't want to go into law like my dad. I didn't want to sell real estate. I didn't want to enlist the second I left high school.I wanted the one thing that would unite all of my parents against me. I wanted to go to Rayevich College, the only school in the country with a science fiction literature program. I wanted four years of classe [...]

    14. *I was provided an e-ARC of this book from the publisher - thanks so much for sending me over a copy!!*I absolutely loved Anderson's prior novel, The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You, which was a contemporary, geeky retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, one of my favorite classics ever. It featured a geeky Beatrice and Benedict in a genius school. It was so much fun and for a while, it hung out on my favorites shelfuntil I kind of forgot everything about it? Well, good thing, I went and bought it [...]

    15. The geek shall inherit the earthAnderson's first 'had me at hello' - a contemporary teen story based on my favourite Shakespeare comedy (much like Ten Things I Hate About You), set in a high school. A high school for genuises. So it really was a geek-fest of epic proportions, celebrating intelligence and wit.I was absolutely prepared to break out the popcorn and feast for a second time of more of the same. And Beatrice and Benedick (or their modern counterparts) even feature as secondary charact [...]

    16. It's like "Starter for Ten", but with a much more interesting protagonist. The romantic plot was ok, but what really made this book for me was Elliot and how she tries to figure out her path, torn between going into the army or furthering her sci-fi education in colleague.

    17. 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.I really liked Anderson's style in The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You and was excited to see what had done ever since. I don't regret it. I only pity the fact that it took me finishing the book and checking again the first one to notice there were many characters that had made a comeback. Now I'm super sad.I guess my experience proves how this can be read as a standalone.Tired of being in the middle of a family feud on what her future should be, Elliot has changed her [...]

    18. Book ReviewTitle: Not now, Not everAuthor: Lily Anderson Genre: YA/Family/RomanceRating: *****Review: In the opening chapter of Not now, Not ever we meet Ever as she runs away from home to attend Camp Onward where she could get a full scholarship to Rayevich College, her dream school. She is also a huge reader and has an inner voice that she named Oscar Wilde. She also meets Cornell Aaron who is buddy to help her through the three-week summer school but in learning why Ever has run away we also [...]

    19. This didn't feel as tight as Anderson's first, both in terms of the mystery (could anyone have figure this out on their own?) and things that were left without answers (without giving anything away, Brandon and Leigh's futures), but I have to hope that this is mostly because Anderson plans to continue with these characters in the future and I just have to be patient. Overall, the writing and story were good enough that I shirked most things to read instead and if that's not a win, I don't know w [...]

    20. Trigger warnings: some minor violence, minor racism/ableism/sexism (all of which is called out). I think that's it! 4.5 stars. I was RIDICULOUSLY excited about this book when I found out it existed a couple of days ago. And I was ridiculously excited for two reasons:1. It's a companion novel to The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, which is a YA contemporary retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, which I read and adored last year, and2. It's a YA contemporary retelling of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EA [...]

    21. Lily Anderson wrote a great story about "nerdy' teenagers who entered a contest of sorts at a select college, Rayevich, in Oregon.Elliot Gabaroche, a 17 year old girl is desperate to be on her own during the summer and not be pushed off to some military camp for the summer. Her mother is in the Air Force and has followed in the family's footsteps. Elliot does not want this for herself.She wins a chance to go this college in Oregon and takes a train there. Family thinks she is elsewhere. She give [...]

    22. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley. Lily Anderson did it again - she blew me away with her book. Her adaptation of classics into modern times are very well written and funny and fluffy and just charming my pants off. This time, she adapts Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. I haven't read this play yet, though I've been meaning to for quite some time, and now, after reading this book, my desire to read it burns through me, renewed. I have missed the adorable and nerdy geniuse [...]

    23. Lily Anderson is the newest member of the "Authors Whose Grocery Lists I'd Read If They Were Published" collection of authors I adore. Retellings are so tricky, but Anderson has them down to a science. Referential, but also unique in their own way, her stories are sweet and cute and compelling, and her writing is so teenage-voicey and awesome. While I didn't fall head over heels for this book as much as I did for her first, I still loved the characters and the swoon.Ever aka Elliot is badass and [...]

    24. So, I’ve been entering giveaways for years now, sometimes two or more a day, and after winning absolutely nothing since I started, I won two book giveaways in one week! First up is Not Now, Not Ever which I was delighted to win after I so thoroughly enjoyed The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by the same author (I also won Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore, review forthcoming and then, a week later, won a giveaway from my local library for a Kindle!!! Time to buy a lottery ticket!!!)Elliot G [...]

    25. Today is the day I finally get to tell ya'll how much I love Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson. After all my nerdy fangirl gushing, there's a giveaway and a tour to follow for more Not Now, Not Ever adoration, so please stick around!I read Anderson's first book, The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You  last year, where a minor set-up believability issue and not really caring about the mystery it earned it 4 stars.Neither of those are problems here and it continues with adorable geeky romance that [...]

    26. Lily Anderson is a goddess. Or a genius. Or both.Last year's The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You was at the top of my list for best reads, and I didn't think she could pull off another fantastic nerd story.I am delighted to tell you that I was wrong. I have to be honest, there aren't enough good/great geeky girl stories. I mean, the trend is definitely picking up, but not all are brilliant. That's what makes Lily's books so special. From the beginning of both, I was hooked. She has a way with wo [...]

    27. I loved her first book and enjoyed this one as well. Here is my interview with the author: perfectretort/20

    28. Anderson's debut was one of my favorite YA novels of 2016, so I jumped at the chance to read NOT NOW NOT EVER early. My expectations were high, but they weren't disappointed. Elliot was so relatable, and it was a joy to read from her perspective. This book was just as nerdy, fun, and heartwarming as its predecessor. The perfect summer read. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing the eARC!

    29. **Thank you to Wednesday Books for the giveaway I won on for this book. These are my honest opinions, and I was in no way compensated for this review.**4.5 starsI loved Not Now, Not Ever much more than I anticipated! I had actually heard of this one a couple of months ago and decided to read the first one because of the wait, and while I enjoyed that one, I think I liked this one a lot more. It also might be because I understood a lot more of the references in this book because I've actually re [...]

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