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Never Sorry Ever Jolly

Never Sorry Ever Jolly

by Autumn Cornwell
Never Sorry Ever Jolly

Never Sorry Ever Jolly

by Autumn Cornwell


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What do you get when you mix dating with refugee camps, freedom fighters, and a thousand pairs of googly eyes?

Collin Uttley’s summer vacation.

"Honestly, I didn’t set out to be an imposter. I just wanted to meet girls. Why else would an atheist join a church youth group? (It sure wasn’t for the coffee.) And it paid off—I met Shelby Wanderal, the soul mate I never knew existed. When I found out she was spending her summer working with orphans in refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border—guess who joined the outreach team? And you better believe I didn’t let a little thing like the Expected Behavior Guidelines cramp my style. Not even Rule #1: “No romantic entanglements allowed.” But I gotta admit I didn’t expect a rival—my summer would have gone a whole lot smoother if Twain Abernathy had stayed home.

"Or if I hadn’t tried the betel nut.

"Or if I’d listened to the advice of the Freedom Fighters.

"Or if—nope, you’ll just have to read the story of my crazytown adventure… people say it makes them laugh. I’m just not sure if that means with me or at me."


In the new faith-based YA romantic comedy adventure, NEVER SORRY EVER JOLLY, homeschooled and unchurched seventeen-year-old Collin Uttley moves to SoCal (Southern California) and joins a church youth group out of sheer desperation for a social life. To fit in with the rest of the high schoolers and to increase his odds of scoring a girlfriend, he pretends to be a “believer” and attends every single group activity—even blindfold dodge ball. His tenacity soon pays off when he meets the girl of his dreams, Shelby Wanderal, who shares his enthusiasm for vintage clothing and swing dancing. When Collin finds out Shelby’s going on a summer outreach trip to help refugees on the Thailand-Burma border, he fakes his way onto the team, thinking it’s the perfect opportunity to win her over. However, things don’t go exactly as planned… to say the least.

From the author of CARPE DIEM comes another YA romantic comedy adventure set in Southeast Asia, NEVER SORRY EVER JOLLY, based on her own outreach experiences in Thailand and Burma. Praise for Autumn’s first novel:

“This is self-confessed travel junkie Autumn Cornwell's first novel—and she's hit one out of the park.”―The Washington Post

“Suspenseful and wonderfully detailed, the well-crafted story maintains its page-turning pace while adding small doses of cultural insight and humor.”School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Take a traveler as reluctant as Anne Tyler's accidental tourist and add the number of misadventures found in The Out-of-Towners, and you have the recipe for Cornwell's hilarious, adventure-packed first novel…. the exotic settings and the wacky predicaments will exercise a strong enough grip to hold readers' imaginations.”―Publishers Weekly

“A witty coming-of-age adventure.”Kirkus Reviews

- Fall IndieBound Pick (Book Sense)

- New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age

- Nominated for the Missouri's Truman Readers Award

- And Rhode Island Teen Book Award

- IRA Notable Book

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948300001
Publisher: Farmhand International, Inc
Publication date: 01/06/2019
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Squat toilets, profuse sweating, jumbo centipedes, ear nibbling-these are just some of the delights I've encountered in my global adventures, which inspired my first YA comedic adventure, CARPE DIEM, published in the U.S. by Macmillan, followed by foreign editions in Germany, the Netherlands, and China. The novel follows the story of overachiever Vassar Spore who is forced to backpack through Malaysia, Cambodia, and Laos with her wacky bohemian grandma-and experiences enough misadventures to last a lifetime. Most of which (fortunately or unfortunately, as the case may be) really happened to me!

My work with the refugees and persecuted minority groups of Burma ignited a passion for personal and religious freedom, as well as provided the backstory of my latest YA comedic adventure, NEVER SORRY EVER JOLLY, in which homeschooled and unchurched Collin Uttley joins a church youth group in a desperate attempt to score a girlfriend, and soon finds himself following the girl of his dreams on an outreach trip to the refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma border-where things get a little crazytown, to say the least.

This fascination with other countries and cultures began during my childhood as a MK (missionary kid) in hot and humid Southeast Asia. That is, until my fourth grade year, when my parents moved the family to overcast and soggy Washington State-cue culture shock! I attended Biola University in sunny SoCal (Southern California), where I got my B.A. as well as M.R.S. degree-that is, married my college boyfriend, after we bonded over Jesus, vintage VWs, KROQ, Depeche Mode, Monty Python, and In-N-Out Burger. (And lived happily-and messily-ever after in California.)

Writing and speaking about physical, creative, spiritual-and most of the time unintentionally wacky-adventures has been my lifelong calling. When I'm not losing luggage internationally, I can be found attempting to write about those experiences at home in my 1920's vintage-themed (read: highly cluttered) casita in Pasadena, California with my saint of a husband, two angelic (at times) children, two fake Schnauzers (until we can get real terriers), and two Plump Lumps (who claim to be guinea pigs).

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