August 13, 2021

#BookReview: Never Kiss Your Roommate by Philline Harms

Synopsis: Welcome to Seven Hills, the world’s most exclusive boarding school where only the best and brightest roam the hallowed halls. Being committed to your studies, service, and community doesn’t mean that you can’t break the rules now and again, right?

But watch your back because lurking on the anonymous Chitter Chatter Blog is The Watcher—who can’t wait to reveal all the latest hookups, hot lists, and secrets around campus. The latest objects of The Watcher’s affection? Straight-off-the-train (but not exactly straight) insta-besties Evelyn and Seth.

It doesn’t take long for Evelyn to realize she is inexplicably drawn to her gorgeous and standoffish roommate Noelle. Meanwhile Seth has eyes, and some serious heart palpitations, for budding thespian and school flirt Jasper. Just as things start to heat up, The Watcher strikes. Will the secrets revealed turn their happily ever afters into happily never afters?


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: 
This is such an adorable story! I'm a huge sucker for boarding school stories and this one was just as good as I hoped. It had a little bit of a Gossip Girl vibe to it with the Chitter Chatter blog being written by the mysterious Watcher. I loved the friendship between Evelyn and Seth and Noelle and Jasper. I loved that this book is so inclusive to all aspects of the LGTBQ community and shows teens how it's ok to admit to and be who you are and that you shouldn't have to hide it. The romances and relationships that develop are so sweet. And the adventure at the end was exciting.  For a debut novel by such a young author this was absolutely amazing. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-This novel follows two queer characters, Evelyn and Seth, through their experiences at boarding school. Both characters are not thrilled about going to Seven Hills International School for Boys and Girls, but they quickly find reasons to enjoy their time there. Evelyn gets off to a rocky start with her roommate, Noelle, who has a reputation for being tough and difficult to live with. However, the two begin to fall for each other after Evelyn takes the blame for Noelle sneaking off school grounds. Seth is bisexual and becomes interested in Jasper, who identifies as pansexual, after watching him on stage directing his own play. The story includes many events outside of the two budding relationships: the reason Noelle came to Seven Hills, Evelyn's nightmares, Jasper's play, and the mystery of who updates "The Chitter Chatter," a blog that exposes secrets about students. The narrative is slow in the beginning and unfocused by the middle, with too much going on for the developing relationships to be truly enjoyed. The mystery aspect the story is predictable and the language is simplistic, even though the content is for more mature readers. Noelle is Black and the race of most other characters is not mentioned. VERDICT Some teens may enjoy this title, but there are better options for queer romances.-Lisa Buffi, Sterling M.S., VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


“For all the queer people who fell in love with, and felt betrayed by, books about magical boarding schools, Never Kiss Your Roommate is the book they’ve always deserved. Here, the real magic is that queer love is very, very real.”―Foreword Reviews

About the Author

Philline Harms has been writing from the age of eleven and since joining Wattpad in 2016 her stories have garnered over five million reads. When she’s not working on a story, Philline can be found curled up with a book, spending time with her friends, or crafting obscurely specific Spotify playlists. Philline is currently a university student residing in Germany.

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