Blog Tour + Giveaway + Book Review: I Never by Laura Hopper

 Welcome to our tour stop on the I Never Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Today we are hosting Laura Hopper's standalone book, I Never. Make sure you check out the review and enter the giveaway!

Enjoy and good luck!
Title: I Never
Author: Laura Hopper
Pub. Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 288
Formats: Paperback ARC
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Janey King’s priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends, and family. But when seventeen-year-old Janey learns that her seemingly happy parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke Hallstrom, an adorable senior, pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex. Inspired by Judy Blume’s classic Forever, I Never features a perfect, delicious, almost-to-good-to-be-true high school relationship . . . and it doesn’t shy away from the details. Destined to be passed from teen to teen, this is a young adult debut that will get readers talking.
First off, I would like to congratulate the author, Laura Hopper, for her seamless writing style. I flew through this book really quickly and I attribute it to the author's ability to write a story juggling plot, characters, and heavy subjects and making it look absolutely effortless.

As the name suggests, this book is about the title character's first time. Janey is dealing with family issues as her parents have decided to get a divorce. And seeing how Janey is now confronted with having sex and falling in love for the first time, I thought it could be one convoluted mess but it wasn't. Hopper did a great job navigating both Janey's home and school life.

As always, I enjoy friendships in YA books (any books really) and I particularly liked the the friendships in this one. And when it comes to Luke, the love interest, I'm not sure that I thought making him popular and thus, unattainable to some degree was a good choice, but I do know that I loved these types of books growing up. Of course my perspective has changed as I've matured and experienced more in life but there's something and secretly entertaining/enviable/thrilling about seeing the plain Jane getting together with the "Jordan Catalano" of life. (I may be dating myself but I had to reference My So Called Life because hello??)

Overall, this is a very sex-positive novel but I felt that it went a little beyond the young adult realm at times. I still think this is a perfect read for the older young adults and again, a book I would have liked to read when I was 17 or 18. Hopper does a great job at creating characters and situations that are relatable and the topic of sex is so important in this day and age.

Happy reading!
Laura Hopper has worked in the film industry and is currently a book editor. I Never is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.


Tour Schedule:

Week One:
10/30/2017- Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviews- Excerpt
10/31/2017- The Clever ReaderReview
11/1/2017- Brooke- ReportsExcerpt
11/2/2017- Texan Girl ReadsReview
11/3/2017- YA Books CentralInterview

Week Two:
11/6/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
11/7/2017- BookHounds YAGuest Post
11/8/2017- Cindy's Love of BooksReview
11/9/2017- Literary Meanderings- Interview
11/10/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingReview


  1. Luke being so "untouchable" was not a thing for me. I feel like it was there to fan the flames of Janey's insecurities. I agree with you that Hopper navigated the home and love life well, as she used the parents' dissolving union as something for Janey to ponder as she began navigating her own love life. This is being compared to Judy Blume's Forever, which I read 30 years ago, and I can say it evoked those same feelings for me, as that was also an honest, although bittersweet read.


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