Book Review: Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales

Posted December 6, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 46 Comments

Never Ever Getting Back Together
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by Sophie Gonzales
Publication Date November 29, 2022
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group
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Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Own Voices, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Pages: 336
Format: ARC

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

When their now famous ex-boyfriend asks them to participate in a teen reality show, two eighteen year old girls—one bent on revenge, the other open to rekindling romance—get tangled up in an unexpected twist when they fall for each other instead in Never Ever Getting Back Together by nationally and internationally-bestselling and Indie Next Pick author Sophie Gonzales.

“Wickedly funny [and] searingly sexy.”—Kelly Quindlen, author of She Drives Me Crazy

It’s been two years since Maya's ex-boyfriend cheated on her, and she still can’t escape him: his sister married the crown prince of a minor European country and he captured hearts as her charming younger brother. If the world only knew the real Jordy, the manipulative liar who broke Maya’s heart.

Skye Kaplan was always cautious with her heart until Jordy said all the right things and earned her trust. Now his face is all over the media and Skye is still wondering why he stopped calling.

When Maya and Skye are invited to star on the reality dating show Second-Chance Romance, they’re whisked away to a beautiful mansion—along with four more of Jordy’s exes—to compete for his affections while the whole world watches. Skye wonders if she and Jordy can recapture the spark she knows they had, but Maya has other plans: exposing Jordy and getting revenge. As they navigate the competition, Skye and Maya discover that their real happily ever after is nothing they could have scripted.

Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales is a fun, YA romance about a dating show.  I enjoyed this book and the behind-the-scenes look at a dating show.  

Story Recap: 

Maya can’t escape her ex-boyfriend, Jordy after Jordy’s sister married the crown prince of a small European country.  Jordy is now one of the most eligible bachelors in America.  However, the world doesn’t know that Jordy is a cheating liar, and Maya wants to destroy him after he broke her heart two years ago.  So when Maya is approached to do a dating show with Jordy as the “prize” bachelor, she immediately refuses.  But, after thinking about it, she realizes this is the perfect chance to expose Jordy for the lying cheat that he is.  Once she gets on the show, she meets Skye, the “other” woman that Jordy was seeing at the same time as Maya.  At first, Maya despises Skye, but once they compare stories, they realize that Jordy was cheating on both of them at the same time.  Maya and Skye bond and form a plan to work together to take down Jordy.  

My Thoughts: 

At first, I thought that Maya’s need for revenge was a bit over the top, but as I got to know Maya better, I began to understand her need for revenge a bit better.  I liked Skye the best, she has such a good heart and seems to balance Maya’s cynicism really well.  Jordy was horrible, but he made a good villain for the story.  

I liked the behind-the-scenes of a dating show, and in this case, I thought it sounded very authentic.  What I especially liked was the way the producers could easily change the narrative and the perceptions of the participants.  It was very clear that the show participants didn’t have much input into how they were portrayed and how these types of shows can be easily manipulated in order to please the audience.  


I highly recommend Never Ever Getting Back Together to anyone who enjoys YA romance.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Sophie Gonzales

Sophie Gonzales writes young adult queer contemporary fiction with memorable characters, biting wit and endless heart.

She is the author of THE LAW OF INERTIA, ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED, PERFECT ON PAPER and IF THIS GETS OUT (co-written with Cale Dietrich). NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER is forthcoming in November 2022 from Wednesday Books / Macmillan.

When she isn’t writing, Sophie can be found ice skating, painting, and practicing the piano. She graduated from the University of Adelaide and currently lives in Adelaide, Australia where she is registered as a psychologist.

UK Book Cover:

I like this UK cover a bit better. I think it shows what goes on in the book a bit better.

Have you read Never Ever Getting Back Together? Which Cover do you Prefer?

46 responses to “Book Review: Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales

  1. Sounds like this is kind of book in which you like best friend more than main character and you hate ending up loving main character as well. I want to get this book. Great review!

  2. I rarely read YA anymore but I do enjoy books that make me laugh. I like both covers but the UK one seems easier to see, but I like the colors of the US one more.

  3. Jenny+McClinton

    I’m not sure if this is one I would enjoy but sounds like one to give a chance from your review 😊

  4. I’ve read a couple other books by this author I really enjoyed, but this one just wasn’t for me. But I agree – Jordy was horrible. Great review, Wendy!

  5. This does sound a fun read. Like another of your commenters said, it isn’t perhaps that surprising to see her need for revenge since one’s feelings do tend to be much more intense or perhaps far less tempered by experience. Great review, Wendy🙂

    • Thank you, Mallika! I have to remember sometimes the intensity of feelings for younger people. I do remember my feeling was much more intense when I was a teenager.

  6. Everything is over the top with teens. It always amazes me how intensely they feel about things that seem inconsequential. So that part was probably like a teen really would act and feel 😂. This sounds like a fun story. Excellent review!