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Middlegrade Contemporary Novel about Family: TOGETHER FOR NEVER Book Review

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

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot 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:


Author: Marilyn Kaye

Pub. Date: March 14, 2023

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 160

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.


"This quick read will appeal to readers who enjoy tales of friendship and complicated family dynamics."—School Library Journal "Entertaining."—Kirkus Reviews



I wasn't quite sure if I'd enjoy this book because I often don't read too many middle-grade contemporary fiction stories. But I was delightfully entertained by this story and enjoyed the characters and plot very much. It's most definitely a MEAN GIRLS meets PARENT TRAP plot where two eighth graders have to vacation together but don't like each other.

Charlotte is popular, fashion conscience, wants to hang out with older kids, and likes boys, whereas Lily is her polar opposite, she's a book nerd (like me), wants to write, and could care less about boys or wearing the right clothes. You throw these two together and you have chaos!

So, like PARENT TRAP the one thing they have in common is breaking up their parents, who are acting like they're getting serious. But, things turn out a little differently than they had planned. The author does a fabulous job on the ending and I like the banter between the girls throughout the book.

I feel this book is a great addition to any school library or middle-grade section in a public library. Thank you Marilyn Kate, Holiday House, and Rockstar Book Tours for allowing me to read this book and for my honest review.


About Marilyn Kaye:

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.

Giveaway Details:

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

Ends May 2nd, midnight EST.


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