A fun “King of the Nerds” meets Jeopardy summer camp is the setting for this entertaining young adult romance.
Ever Lawrence is determined to make her own way in life. She won’t become a lawyer like her Dad, a local community theater actress who sells real estate like her Stepmom or join the Air Force like her Mom. She loves Octavia Butler’s novels and decides to get a free scholarship to the only school that has a Science Fiction Literature degree, Rayevich College. Taking a test and writing an awesome essay gets her into Camp Onward where at least one attendee will win the coveted scholarship at the conclusion of the camp. The contests required to win vary between the physical and the intellectual. Ever tries not to be distracted by her growing attraction to one of the other campers, her strange roommate and even stranger resident adviser.
Not Now, Not Ever is a humorous take on Much Ado about Nothing. However, I enjoyed the frequent Oscar Wilde quotes and pop culture references even more. The characters are believable and the finale is great. The machinations of some of the campers are laugh-out-loud funny. Even though I am far from a young adult, I loved the characters, plot and the setting. 4 stars!
I won an advanced reader copy of Not Now, Not Ever in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review. This book will be released on November 21, 2017.