The Friday 56: Not Now, Not Ever

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
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**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

I reached for a Sharpie. Markers seemed safe. It was hard to spill a marker. I pushed the glitter pot farther away from me. “Space, robots, nuclear holocaust. Throw in ray guns or swords and I’m in.”

I’ve found a new go-to contemporary author. Lily Anderson’s novels are smart and funny and make me wish I was a teen genius who attended competitive camps. Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Not Now, Not Ever is all kinds of fun and a celebration of everything nerdy (including books!). You can read my review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

**Apologies! I included the wrong synopsis for this book. I’ve corrected the mistake, but if the previous synopsis caught your attention, let me direct you to my review of that book here**

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn’t going to do this summer.
      1. She isn’t going to stay home in Sacramento, where she’d have to sit through her stepmother’s sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
      2. She isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
     3. And she certainly isn’t going to the Air Force summer program on her mother’s base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender’s Game, Ellie’s seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it’s much less Luke/Yoda/”feel the force,” and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn’t appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she’d be able to defeat afterwards.
      What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she’s going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?
      This summer’s going to be great.”

20 thoughts on “The Friday 56: Not Now, Not Ever

  1. Sounds brilliant! I’m a nerd myself so I’m always up to read nerdy books. The synopsis is laugh-out-loud funny (the line with the moustache killed me) and the fact that the writer drew inspiration from The Importance of Being Ernest is another reason why I want to read this book now. (Also, the girl on the cover looks a lot like Pearl Mackie, who plays the latest companion of the Doctor on DW). Thanks for letting me know about the existence of this piece of YA, Alicia!

    My Friday post

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    1. I accidentally wrote the wrong synopsis, so the character in this one is actually Elliot. But the synopsis I did include was from the author’s previous book The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You and Trixie is short for Beatrice, based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.


  2. Trixie and I could be friends if I was much younger. 🙂 This sounds like a fun book! I like Trixie already. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention! Have a great weekend.

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