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Together for Never

Here’s a middle grade book for you on the TOGETHER FOR NEVER by Marilyn Kaye Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book

Together For Never book cover


Author: Marilyn Kaye

Pub. Date: March 14, 2023

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 160

Buy it Here: Amazon (blog books)

Find it: Goodreads or Here

The Parent Trap meets Mean Girls when two polar opposites are squeezed into a tiny vacation house just because their parents are dating.

Charlotte is the queen bee of her 8th grade class—popular, confident, always wearing the trendiest clothes—and judging others for what they wear. Lily is a loner who dreams of becoming a writer—and she wants nothing to do with Charlotte and her snobby crowd.

Then Charlotte’s divorced father starts dating Lily’s single mother. Neither one of the girls even notices—until the day they learn that they are going on vacation together. Worse than that, they’ll have to share a small bedroom for two whole weeks. 

When The Parent Trap meets Mean Girls, can two girls ever make peace, or will they drag their vacations—and their parents’ romance—into disaster?  Every teen girl’s nightmare becomes an entertaining, surprising and heartfelt story in the hands of seasoned middle grade pro Marilyn Kaye.

Reviews for Together For Never

“This quick read will appeal to readers who enjoy tales of friendship and complicated family dynamics.”—School Library Journal

“Entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews

This middle grade book features two girls that are as different as night is to day. The problem? Their parents are dating. And they all go on vacation together. And neither girl wants this reality. Great premise for a book but I would hope the parents would have introduced the girls before throwing them together for two weeks to share a room.

I didn’t particularly like either girl – one is an ultra popular spoiled brat concerned with the latest trends and fashions. The other is on the nerdy side. While this is conceivable, I found myself loving to hate each of them. Surely they each had some good qualities and depth? For the most part it was easy to see what was coming next. The story seemed rushed, two weeks is a short time, especially for all of this drama.

I do believe many middle grade kids (who the book was written for) will be able to relate to what the author is putting out there: the bullying, the all-that girl, the nerd, and dealing with a complex and disappointing family dynamic especially at the hard age represented.

About the Author

Marilyn Kaye is the author of many books for young readers, including the Spyglass Sisterhood, Gifted, and Replica series. Marilyn earned a master’s degree in library science at Emory University and a PhD at the University of Chicago, and taught children’s literature at St. John’s University in New York for more than twenty years. She lives in Paris, France.

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Giveaway for Together for Never

1 winner will receive a finished copy of TOGETHER FOR NEVER, US Only.

Ends May 2nd, midnight EST.

Good luck to you! Be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY and decide for yourself, I’d love to hear your opinion.

Together For Never book tour

Together for Never Tour Schedule

4/24/2023@meetcuteromanceboooks IG
4/25/2023Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s 
4/26/2023A Blue Box Full of Books
4/27/2023Books With a Chance
4/28/2023Confessions of the Perfect Mom

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