TITLE: The Beginning of Never
AUTHOR: O.E. Boroni
GENRE: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
PUBLISHER: Waves Corporation
PUBLICATION DATE: April 26, 2015
Twilight meets Eleanor and Park in this contemporary romance story about a love that insists on forever.
When Lenora Baker and Nathan Roqué run into each other in their boarding school courtyard, they have no idea that they are about to begin a journey that will take them the rest of their lives to recover from. Both scarred from parents who were once in love but ended up destroying each other, they are sworn off the possibility that there can truly exist a love that will never end.
But when with each other they find a passion so strong that it heals as powerfully as it burns, a love that will run out is no longer an option for them. Together, they discover just how far they are willing to go to preserve what they know they will only find once in their lifetime.
This is the start of their journey, and here you will come to realize, that falling in love is only the first part of the story…
GOODREADS’ RATING: ★★★.98
The Beginning of Never is one of those reads that will make you believe in the saying, “If it’s meant to be, it will happen. If not, then it won’t.”
Nora and Nathan’s story are full of ups and downs, and very unexpected moments.
If I should describe their love story in one word I would probably choose UNEXPECTED. How they met was unexpected. How they became close was unexpected. How they fell in love was unexpected. How they got separated was unexpected.
I admit, I love and hate them both equally. I love them, of course, because they are just so adorable and young and sweet and so in love. BUT I hate them too because they are just so confusing in some ways (especially some of their actions), also because Nora is such a brat, she’s a real pain in the bum, and also because Nathan is just like any other guy in this typical world wherein one day he’s so sweet then the next he ignores Nora. I don’t know what to feel, but this novel is just full of feels. I got all the feels in the universe and all the galaxies while reading it.
This is a great definition of the genre ‘contemporary’. Why? Because its story is something real that happens to teenagers and young adults in our modern world right now. Girls fall in love to guys whom they never thought they’d fall in love with. While guys make themselves so lovely and sweet and Mr. Bad but Nice and Cute Guy so the girl they’re attracted to would notice them, but then after a little while, these guys would start ignoring their girls like nothing happened. Well, I guess the reason behind all these “ignoring and leaving without closure stuff” is that teenagers or young adults are just not ready yet to enter a serious relationship.
So, I may both love and hate Nora and Nathan, I want you all to know that I love the novel. I love the way it was written. I love the story. I love everything about it.
I highly recommend this everyone! Please, read this. You would be able to relate to Nora.
MY RATING: ★★★★
I had about fifteen minutes left until lunch ended, so I started opening the sandwich pack on my tray as I went through the sliding glass door that led to the courtyard. However, when I looked up to see all the picnic benches already filled, I stopped and let my mouth hang open in astonishment. Although the sun was shining brightly today, it was still cold outside, so I had counted on the fact that very few people would be as crazy as I was to prefer braving the chill, than endure the tumult of being in the cafeteria. Apparently I was wrong, but before I could decide on where else I could head to that would allow me to eat in peace, someone bumped into me.
It all happened very fast, so before I knew what was happening, my tray had flown out of my hand and I was plunging headfirst onto the stone walkway. Thankfully, and through the graces of someone that reasoned that I did not deserve to lose a tooth for just standing in the way, a strong hand slung across my middle, and pulled me back before I could hit the ground. I was saved from the injury and embarrassment that would have accompanied the fall, but as the culprit tried to stable me, all I could see was my lunch, in slices of bread, chicken and lettuce, strewn across the lawn.
The coffee cup had burst open, and now lay separated from its cover and drenching the grass with its creamy contents. My stomach tightened in annoyance, and as I gazed at my ruined lunch, tears rushed to my eyes.
“Let me go!” I said, my teeth clenched to restrain myself from yelling. Jerking my arms away, I whirled around to face the idiot that had just ruined my morning.
“Are you blind? Didn’t you see me standing right there?” I lashed out, but in that second I almost forgot my anger because I was now looking at one of the most beautiful people I’d ever seen. He had the most sultry eyes in a deep blue, and jet black hair that swayed away from his face to fall just below his ears. With a frown as to how someone could look so unreal, I cocked my head to regard him again.
In a deep but quiet voice, he said. “I’m sorry, but you were standing in the way.” And that immediately scratched the disc that was starting to roll in my head at how attractive he was.
“Excuse me?” I said.
He repeated himself, “You were standing in the way.”
I felt like killing him. “And you’re an idiot who can’t see.”
He blinked, but I refused to shut up. “I was standing right in front of you. You could have injured me, and all you can say is that I was standing in the way?”
He was frowning now. “Why are you yelling?” he asked, and it made me feel a flash of shame. Then I became infuriated.
“Are you kidding me?” I asked, my tone now lowered since I realized that people were actually beginning to stare. “Is that how you’re going to apologize?”
Shifting his weight to another leg, he lifted his arms to fold them against his chest, and said. “I’m not apologizing.”
“What is that supposed mean?” I asked, surprised that he was as offended as I was. I was the one who had almost been knocked to the ground!
“It means that I am not going to apologize to you.”
“What is wrong with you?”
He directed the question back to me. “What is wrong with you?”
My mouth fell open, and so standing apart in the walkway, we stared each other down until a gust of cold wind blew my wild hair across my face. Angrily, I shoved it behind my ears, finally accepted the un-repentance in his eyes and chose to let it go.
Shivering from the bite of the cold, I scowled at him as I turned around to retrieve the tray. Then I walked over to the strewn pieces and had started to pick them up when I felt him crouch down beside me. Before I realized what I was doing, I had risen to my feet and was swinging the black tray towards him. It hit the edge of his shoulder with a resounding smack, and let out a terrifying cracking sound.
I gasped, and then froze when I saw the zigzagged split towards the middle of the tray that confirmed that I had just indeed, broken the tray on his back.
My eyes slowly turned to him and I watched, my heart pounding in my chest as he closed his eyes in a bid to control his temper. He then looked away and after a few seconds, rose to his feet. I took a few steps backwards, the tray still stuck to my hands, and only then did I notice that my head barely reached his shoulders.
I took another step back, but the tray suddenly fell from my hands, and clattered noisily on the ground.
He turned to face me, but I refused to meet his eyes…
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:
Hi Omoye! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂
Thank you for having me. Well first things first, I never knew I was going to be a writer. I grew up reading practically any book that I could get my hands on, and more than the escape that they gave to me, they also gave me the desire to dream. The exposure that books give you is one of the most priceless gifts that anyone can get from them , but that is if they’re open enough to receive it. It makes you believe that the world is your oyster, and that mindset is the beginning to a fulfilling life without boundaries. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Estate Management from Covenant university in Nigeria, and currently, I’m undertaking my postgraduate studies at Lancaster University in England. ‘ The Beginning of Never’ is a contemporary romance novel but really, my favorites are historical romances. I’m fascinated by the lifestyle of people from centuries ago. One more thing, I love Korean dramas. Their stories I find are the ones that are able to capture my attention more than any others in the world. There is a honesty, and richness to them that leaves the greatest impact on me. I think they’re absolutely amazing.
Many novels are inspired by a single question. Was there one that sparked The Beginning of Never?
Yes! I read all sorts of books but my favorite books would always be the ones that have some romantic element in it. However, I understand that sometimes the love stories portrayed in these books are not realistic, and are so different from what we actually see happen in real life. Books all talk about the ‘falling in love stage’ of any relationship, and while that is wonderful, it is not the whole story. In fact, in real life, that is the easiest part of the story,and unfortunately for most people,the best part. So the question I wanted to answer in ‘The Beginning of Never’ was this: what would happen if two people met and swore that they were never going fall out of love with each other? And what were the actions that they would take to ensure that their love never ran out? At the beginning of the book,I wanted to find the answers to these questions, and so far I’ve gotten some very wonderful answers.
Describe your book in 5-7 words for us.
Unique, Intense, Honest, inspiring, Entertaining, and captivating .
How did you decide your novel’s book cover? Which, by the way, is very gorgeous!!
Thank you. Well the cover designer tried all sorts of themes to best capture the essence of the novel, but we couldn’t find the perfect one so we decided to go with something simple but yet different. The Magenta color of the cover is one that I haven’t really seen on a lot of books so we decided that that would be the best fit for it . You’ll completely grasp the feel of the image when you read some certain scenes in the book. ‘No spoilers’. All in all, since we couldn’t complicate the cover, we decided to make it simple but different, just like its story.
How would you introduce your main character to us?
The main character in this book is Lenora Grace Baker and to me, she represents the essence of teenage turbulence. But one thing she isn’t is insecure, because she’s been through too much in her life to be. She is unhappy, but her pure-heartedness and bravery is one that will make her grow on you. This is the girl you’re introduced to: a careless, and short-tempered girl who believes that the best way to avoid pain is to avoid people. But as the story progressed, my greatest joy was to see her transform into a more self-less, brave and happy person. It made me fall completely in love with her and I’m sure you will too. If I were to compare her to a real life character, I’d say that the girl that represents Lenora, in both looks and attitude is Lorde. She’s a sixteen year old musician from New Zealand.
What is the best and hardest parts that you wrote in The Beginning of Never?
The hardest part for me was chapter nineteen,because it captured the essence of the novel’s message. So I had to write and rewrite it countless times. The best parts for me were definitely the romantic scenes because of how pure and unbelievably intense they were. Writing them brought goose pimples all over my skin.
About the Author
I currently live in England. My days are spent in the Project Management field while my nights are spent with books. I’m either reading them or writing the ones that I want to read. My favorite things and in this particular order are books, Korean dramas, ice cream, and people who smile through everything. I consistently tell people that these are the four things they need to be happy but do they believe me?
No! Well I believe me, and you should too.