Not Now, Not Ever: A Novel

Not Now, Not Ever: A Novel


The sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest.

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.

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  • Sherwood Smith

    This YA novel with a romantic thread is every bit as wonderful as the author's previous. This one features protagonists mostly seventeen, the summer before senior year of high school. Elliott has snea...

  • Jen Ryland

    Not Now, Not Ever read at times like sort of a nerd Hunger Games, as a bunch of competitive, gifted kids compete for a college scholarship in the intense and hilarious way that only nerdy kids can. (A...

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    4.5 Stars “I was ready to be comfortably in the middle of a story instead of running toward the end. I was done trying to outpace myself.” This was such a fun book! There was drama and laughs an...

  • Stacee

    I didn’t even read the synopsis for this book. Between that cover and Lily’s name attached to it, I was sold. I love love loved Elliot. Her inner monologue is snarky and fantastic. She’s smart a...

  • Liv (Olivia Chanel's Galaxy of Books)

    Thank you, St. Martin’s Press, for my ARC of Not Now, Not Ever. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the A...

  • Sam Kozbial

    Rating: 4.5 StarsThis was so much fun! I loved Elliot/Ever and her band of nerdy geniuses, and THAT's how you do an ending. This was one of my Can't-Wait Wednesday picks, and I must say, I had chosen ...

  • Dahlia

    So fun and cute. I love that Anderson has totally made "Nerdy Rom Coms Based on Classics" her skillful niche. Really liked the military angle to Ever's background, too, as well as the family and racia...

  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)

    While it took sometime for me to get into the story, it ended up becoming something that I wasn't expecting: fun and hilarious! Probably the best contemporary I've read this year. The only thing that'...

  • Silvana [The Book Voyagers]

    Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the egalley. All opinions are my own.Lily Anderson wrote a nerdy contemporary YA and it was the best thing in the world. Now I know I have to read the...

  • Savanah Lowder

    Y'all! This book is so. Effing. Fun.I won the ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway and I could not have been more thrilled! It's so unbelievably nerdy, every chapter having nerd references that make it that mu...