Title: Never Say No
Author: Elizabeth Neep
Release Date: 4 September 2020
Never Say No is a story of self-discovery, love, hope and monogamy relationships.
This is a story of a woman, Hailey Kidd, who has always lived a normal life, caring for her friends, loving the same boyfriend, settling for whatever she gets and not worrying about herself until she gets to know about Vivian. Vivian is the best marriage and divorce lawyer in London, moving forward with a vision of maintaining her position at the top.
Hailey is really close to her best friend, Sophie and her boyfriend, Dom. When she joins her new job under Vivian, she starts getting influenced by that world. Even after figuring out the real face of Vivian, she doesn’t seem to care about anything. The influence of the new world affects her enough to lose her wisdom of wrong and right.
In the company of Vivian and the chaos of divorce cases, Hailey finds herself drifting away from the people who care for her.
I liked this story as it is not just a story of a girl getting influenced by people of the big world, but from which one can learn so many lessons. The author has portrayed the depth of relationships through this story so well. Sometimes, people get lost in trying to see whether the grass is greener on the other side, but all they get is nothing because love is the most valuable thing in the entire world.
Dom is my favourite character. I felt so sad for him when Hailey took him for granted. But I was happy when she realised that. Liam was a guy in Hailey’s office, she was attracted to.
Talking about the writing style, initially, the reader will build up the pace as the words flow smoothly. In the middle of the book, there are parts I found boring, but then it was needed to be there to understand the depth of the lessons. But it could have been written in a better way.
The ending of the book isn’t so predictable because in today’s world most of the people get influenced by infatuation. Also, I expected more of Hailey-Dom moments.
This book will provoke you to think about your values. The story is quite different and much needed.
Some of my favourite lines from the book are –
Novelty is great and all, but sometimes intimacy is better
And my silence was the only thng powerful enough to keep me there.
I can’t promise I’ll feel this way forever… I can promise to love you today and love you tomorrow.
Who Should Read This Book?
If you like fiction and the politics of law world, you should read this book. Also, people who are trying to understand whether monogamy is good or not should read this book. Yes, everyone has a different story but this book might help you with one or the other thing.
About the Author
Elizabeth Neep studied Law and Australian Law (University of Nottingham, University of New South Wales) before getting into publishing, where she now works as a senior commissioning editor for an independent press. She has written features for numerous publications including Cosmopolitan, Dazed Digital and PETRIe, is a trustee for a mental health charity and draws and paints in her spare time. She can usually be found with a flat white or glass of wine in hand around her home in London Bridge.
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