Never Have I Ever

By Joshilyn Jackson

People say, I don’t know how she lives with herself, but every single one of them was living with their own worst thing, just fine. No one walks around holding their ugliest sin in the palm of their hand, staring at it. Our hurts are heavy, and we let them sink. Every day they drift lower, settling in murky places where the light can’t reach. All I had to do was wait. My bad would fall down into darkness again, because the bad things always do.

Excellent and suspenseful domestic thriller. I didn’t see the final twist in the end ahead of time, and the mid-book twist, I also didn’t see coming. A few twists I anticipated did not occur. 


I thought Tig would somehow turn out to be a bad guy and maybe in cahoots with Roux from the beginning. Mainly though, I thought that it would turn out that Davis and/or Charlotte knew her deep dark secret all of the time. I had hoped her family and Charlotte, would have had a chance to step up and show their love and support for Amy even knowing the truth. I wanted them to have hidden depths and never had needed Amy’s “protection” after all. I would have loved to see Davis and/or Charlotte be more involved in this way. Or at least have Amy tell them the truth. Her story is very forgivable after all, given all of the circumstances. Especially how she overcame her childhood challenges and forged a good life. **End Spoiler**

Because of this main point, I felt a little dissatisfaction with how it all played out at the end. Just a bit, which kept it from 5 stars. I liked the way Amy really had to struggle with her moral and ethical choices and her food issues. I didn’t always like and approve of her. It made it a more complex book and threw some doubt into the outcome. 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

December 19, 2019

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