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!

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.


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

“Entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews


Together for Never was a decently cute short story.

I didn’t like Charlotte or Lily too much. As one other reader put it, they are different sides to the same coin. Their differences were too minute for there to be as much hostility as there was. I did, however, enjoy the dual POV from both girls. It’s always a bonus with the author lets us see the different characters’ desires and needs, even if they were pretty flat.

I really liked the premise of the story, as it was compared to the Parent Trap. But… I wish it had been longer. The story felt too rushed and hollow. The two week vacation was not enough. I needed more conflict and resolution. More depth.

I didn’t really understand the conflict between the two girls. Maybe because I haven’t been thirteen in awhile, but it just seemed unrealistic for acquaintances to feel this way.

I really liked the adult characters and wanted more from them! They seemed to be the most dynamic and well established in the book.

There is a little bit of LGBT representation.

The story was predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Tweens will really Together for Never. Its a short, quick paced read, especially those that are fans of contemporary fiction with a blended family.

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.

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Author: Marilyn Kaye

Pub. Date: March 14, 2023

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 160

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/TOGETHER-FOR-NEVER


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

Ends May 2nd, midnight EST.


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