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Two Naomis

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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  598 ratings  ·  134 reviews
A realistic contemporary story of two girls whose divorced parents begin to date—perfect for fans of Lisa Graff, Sara Pennypacker, and Rita Williams-Garcia. “A smart, endearing story about two girls who are blending families, growing up, and building a friendship.” (Kirkus starred review)

Other than their first names, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing i
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read a very early copy of TWO NAOMIS and loved it to pieces. This book about friendships and families, changes and challenges, is a true gem. The two Naomis, whose parents are dating, tell the story of how their folks coerce them into a friendship that neither wants but that both, perhaps, need. Forced to face family-changing challenges together, the girls are filled with good intentions and messy emotions, and they truly show readers what it means to try and fail and forgive. I loved the ...more
Mike Jung
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's actually a little difficult for me to review this book without feeling enotional, because reading the book was such an emotionally complex and rich experience. I love Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith, for their wit, their vulnerability, their fallibility, their hearts, and their souls. Their lives become much more complicated and much more entangled when their parents began dating, and the two Naomis navigate that experience with all of the confusion, artlessness, stubbornness, and spirit in the ...more
Cynthia Levinson
I zipped through this engaging book, in which you sympathize with everyone's angst yet root for them to work things out. The two main characters are distinct and appealing, with flaws and assets that make them whole and completely believable. The plot and the story arc flow so seamlessly, it's hard to believe that two people wrote it! I highly recommend this middle-grade novel for kids in flux--and which ones aren't?! ...more
⚓Its me Irina the READER⚓
This book was a really fun read. It was light hearted and fast. I give this book a 5/5 stars!
Nancy Kotkin
A much-needed middle grade novel about two families that are in the process of blending. While the parents are well-meaning and obviously love their children, I struggle with some of their choices and behavior, especially the frequent withholding of information from their children and then always expecting those children to just go along with whatever they say. Both the Naomis seem too well-behaved given their age and circumstances. I expected some real blow-ups, but neither author exposed the r ...more
Adriyanna Zimmermann
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Michele Knott
I think there are a lot of kids who will see themselves within the pages of this book.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was a fine book, my sisters wanted me to read it so I did. The words are in small print and it's a kinda boring book. ...more
Ms. Yingling
ARC from Young Adult Books Central

Naomi Edith is living with her father, Tom, since her parents divorced and her mother has gone to California to be a costume designer. Her father isn't very organized about things, and meals are a haphazard affair, but they get along. Naomi Marie's parents are also divorced, but her father lives close by and often spends time with her and her young sister Brianna. When Valerie, Naomi Marie's mother, and Tom start dating, the two Naomis have to learn to put up wi
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 3-6. Parents looking to share a read-aloud with kids going through similar changes.
This is a warm and gentle book about two girls thrown together because their parents are dating one another. It very nicely presents their feelings of resentment and being out of control of what happens to them, as well as their wishes to do what’s right and move forward. The girls are smart and introspective.

The voices of Naomi Marie and Naomi E. are not distinct enough. Even reading it through in one sitting, I often had to refer to the chapter headings or context details to figure out which g
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, children-ya
Beautifully told story about divorce. I loved the alternating POVs and the exploration of the very complicated emotions that arise when a family is going through such upheaval. Also, Rhuday-Perkovich must have been a librarian or know some librarians because all of those scenes rang soooooooooooooooo true.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the student who saw me reading this today who said it best - "how did the author know to write MY story?" This is a book that will serve as the right (and maybe first) "mirror" for the readers who truly need it. ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I am so profoundly grateful my parents didn't split up and force me to mesh my family with another one. This worked out okay, but it seems TERRIBLE. ...more
Nay Keppler
Cute, but not nearly enough Naomis.
Vikki VanSickle
The premise is a throwback to classic late 80s & early 90s contemporary middle grade, the kind of literature Judy Blume, Ann M. Martin and Paula Danziger were writing about; everyday kids dealing with everyday situations. Both Naomis are “average” kids, if I can use such a vague term here. No one has suffered major trauma or has significant hardships. They both have loving families and friends. But despite the classic “issue” driven premise, this is modern New York City. The girls have cell phon ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Divorce can be complicated and messy, but the two Naomis’ parents have both made the transition as smooth as possible for their children. Naomi Marie’s dad lives nearby and even though Naomi E’s mother lives across the country in California, they Skype every week and she is coming back for a month in the summer.

What isn’t as simple is divorced parents dating. When Tom and Vivian’s relationship becomes “very serious,” they want their two families—and their two ten-year-old Naomis—to meet and beco
Jenna D.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely a 5 star read - especially for kids who are at the end of the elementary school years. This story will resonate with all of the siblings, single children and kids of divorced parents. Having been associated with (or being myself at one point or another in my life) all of the above, I totally *got* this book. Even if I am more years than I care to count older than the target audience age. I enjoyed the writing (it almost felt as though I was getting inside my daughter's head!) so much. ...more
Tom Malinowski
Naomi Marie lives with Mom and her sister, Brianna with Dad living down the street. Naomi Edith lives with her Dad and Skypes with her Mom who's across the country. When the Naomis come together because their parents are dating....lovely chaos ensues. They adjust to someone who has their same name while their parents are shifting their attention and focus to the other parent. When the Naomis are put together to take a coding class, do they have what it takes to work together with their worlds ch ...more
Sara-Zoe Patterson
Meh. These characters just bored me. The two voices bit doesn't work so well if every other sentence you have to remind yourself which character is talking - they were just too blandly alike. Each main character's best friend seemed kinda awesome. Just pointed out to me how much I didn't like it when I looked forward to their little side bits. ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really gets you into the head of what it is to be a 10yo and watching your parents go through a divorce and then begin dating someone. There's a lot of feelings, and the Naomis navigate those feelings sometimes with about as much maturity as you would expect for their age. But sometimes they surprised me with how honest they could be to their respective parents. A great read! ...more
Sep 06, 2016 marked it as to-read
Dibs on blurbing this for TRL SRP 2018. :)
Was thinking SRP 2017, but I'm thinking I'll do Zoe in Wonderland instead, and they have crazy-similar covers.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an important book in a lot of ways: diverse and genuine characters, a difficult situation (2 families possibly coming together, both relatively fresh off divorces), all done through authentic voices. I really loved this one, and will be excited to share it with young readers.
Ashley Blake
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Absolutely adored this. Diverse cast and a sweet, authentic story about the emotional journey of blended families becoming, well, families. A must-read!
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11-12s
Great book but it's a bit slow ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great for people who love a taste of real life.
Clare Lund
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story about a blended family and giving new people a chance. I got a little confused at times about which Naomi was speaking, but I think that was kind of the point. Ages 9 and up.
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of Bibliophile.

Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick first caught my eye due to its cover (well done Balzer and Bray). I'm so happy that I decided to read it and that this book now exists in the world.

Naomi Marie likes West African dance, board games, and being the best at whatever she attempts to do. She is an excellent big sister and adores her family. She feels lucky that she lives just blocks away from her dad and can visit hi
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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When Naomi Marie’s mom and Naomi E’s dad start seriously dating, neither girl is very happy. After all, who’s ever heard of two Naomis in the same family? And it’s hard to be okay with big changes, especially when it seems like the adults involved don’t realize how tough it is on their kids. As their parents’ relationship develops, the two Naomis have to navigate a new definition of identity and family.

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“It wasn’t cool of Dad to keep that secret. A secret with Valerie. Secret from me. But it’s not like I’m going to cry about it. When the crier finally catches her breath, she says, “How come Naomi gets a twin and I don’t?” Which makes no sense at all. “We’re not twins,” I say in maybe not my nicest voice. “We just have the same name!” I walk over to the couch where she’s sprawled. “What’s your name?” She sits up and wipes her nose with the back of her hand. Ew. “Brianna.” “Didn’t you ever meet another Brianna?” The other Naomi walks over to us, like maybe I should back off her sister or something even though I’m only trying to help. “Remember in your dance class?” 1 likes
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