by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Audrey Vernick
“A realistic contemporary story of two girls, both named Naomi, whose divorced parents begin to date—perfect for fans of Lisa Graff, Sara Pennypacker, and Rita Williams-Garcia.
Other than their first names, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common, and they wouldn’t mind keeping it that way.
Naomi Marie starts clubs at the library and adores being a big sister. Naomi Edith loves quiet Saturdays and hanging with her best friend in her backyard. And while Naomi Marie’s father lives a few blocks away, Naomi Edith wonders how she’s supposed to get through each day a whole country apart from her mother.
When Naomi Marie’s mom and Naomi Edith’s dad get serious about dating, each girl tries to cling to the life she knows and loves. Then their parents push them into attending a class together, where they might just have to find a way to work with each other—and maybe even join forces to find new ways to define family.”
This is an endearing story about two girls, both named Naomi, whose lives are about to merge. I didn’t expect to like the book this much. It’s co-authored – each author writing the voice of one of the girls. One Naomi is black, the other white. In addition to a fun plot and narrative that would I would definitely imagine coming from girls of that age, this book tackles diversity, the pain of divorce, while staying true to life and upholding the themes of love and acceptance.
It was an overall sweet tale, sad at times, funny at others and really touching upon themes of separation that kids often feel following a divorce.
I was close to tears on many occasions, especially when Naomi Marie gets this lesson from her mother:
“Sometimes there’s more room in our lives than we realize. We can grow and grow, and the world around us can too. So…Maybe Naomi Marie is on her way to being a fuller Naomi. Maybe Naomi Marie will shine even more, and light will help others do the same.”