Two Naomis

Two Naomis

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062414250
Branch Call Number: RHUDA
Characteristics: 204 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Vernick, Audrey - Author
Alternative Title: 2 Naomis


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OPL_KIDS Jun 02, 2020

Naomi Marie is a hardworking student with perfectionist tendencies who dotes on her irrepressible younger sister, Brianna. Naomi Edith is a quiet, introverted only child dealing with feelings of abandonment after her mother moved to California following her parents’ divorce. When Naomi Marie’s mother and Naomi Edith’s father begin dating seriously, they conspire for the girls to meet and hopefully become close friends. However, the Naomis are less than thrilled to share not only their first names but also their parents with each other. The one thing they agree on is that Brianna's suggestion to refer to her sister as "Black Naomi" and Naomi Edith as "White Naomi" is the definition of a really bad idea.

Readers will quickly identify with these likable 10-year-olds who struggle to deal with their parents’ new lives and relationships, the pressure to succeed at school, and the ups-and-downs of new and old friendships. Told in alternating viewpoints and chapters, Naomi Marie’s story is written by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich while Audrey Vernick gives voice to Naomi Edith. This endearing story will delight fans of books by Sharon Draper, Rita Williams-Garcia, Lisa Graff, Grace Lin, and Karina Yan Glaser. The family’s story continues in the book, Naomis Too.

Reviewed by Miss Holly

Aug 13, 2017

TWO NAOMIS is absolutely incredible, I was thrilled from start to finish! Reading the synopsis, I knew it'd be super cute but it was also so emotional. From happy to sad to angry to I-don't-know-what-I'm-feeling-but-I'm-super-emotional. The character development of Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith were off the charts. The authors' were very good at making sure the reader understood not only both Naomis but their parents, family, and friends. It was like being in their heads'.

I loved both Naomis but I would say I connected with Naomi Marie a little bit more. She loved going to the library and making lists, just like me. She is also a bossy big sister, like me (haha). This is not to say I didn't love Naomi Edith, because I did, but I definitely saw more of myself in Naomi Marie. Both characters were incredibly unique and brought something different to the story.

This is such an important novel for MG readers with divorced parents, to understand that change is okay. I definitely wish I had this book growing up. Two Naomis is also valuable for MG readers with non-divorced parents, to see from someone else's perspective. If there was an emoji that was the combination of the heart-eyes emoji and the crying emoji, that would be my reading experience. I love, love, loved this!!

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