Child abuse , eating disorders, physical abuse
Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.
How far would you go to keep your darkest secret safe? And exactly how deep are these secrets? How long have you kept them bottled up and have they shaped you into the person you are now?
This book is rare in the way that it is so great but so heavy that I didn’t want to finish reading it. Joshilyn Jackson positively weaves a story and characters so full of life that they practically jump off the pages that I nearly did not finish because I was afraid of what the ending might entail and I did not think I could handle it.
Our main character Amy is a housewife with a hidden past. She has buried her secrets and packed them away in a box shut and sealed away but when Roux moves in next door, she is the dungeon key and Pandora has opened the cursed chest.
All of the characters were well rounded and believable. I wanted to absolutely throttle Roux because of all of her little conniving games. She is one of the most disgusting, infuriating villains I have ever met so well done to the author for creating her.
Amy’s relationship with her family is amazing. I loved Maddy and her calling Amy her step monster. Adorable all around. It was nice to see the parenting of a stepchild and the different dynamics of all kinds of family.
My Thoughts and Rating:
This is a fantastic book. It is very heavy and deals with a lot of issues that need a trigger warning such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, and eating disorders. Joshilyn Jackson is an amazing author and tells a fantastic story where characters that are well rounded and flawed. The ending will leave you breathless and have you cheering and you’ll second guess if you should really play games such as Never Have I ever. You never know what secrets somebody is harboring
💜 💜 💜 💜 4/5
Thank you very much to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC. All opinions are my own.
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson is coming out July 30th, 2019