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liked it 3.00  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Freaky Friday meets The Parent Trap in this sparkling and heartfelt story about sisters, second chances, finding romance, and finding yourself.

Jamie’s an aspiring standup comic in Los Angeles with a growing case of stage anxiety.

Siri’s a stunning ballerina from New Jersey nursing a career-changing injury.

They’ve both signed up for the same session at an off the grid Re-Dis
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Wednesday Books
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Feb 02, 2020 is currently reading it
First of all; yes, I am going to give this an honest chance.
I'm not going to read this book just to hate on it. I want to know if Christine can improve once she moves away from the self-inserting.

That being said, it sounds really fucking unoriginal. It basically just IS the parent trap aged up and made stupider with what seems to be unexplained magical bullshit.
In this contemporary novel.

My opinions might change, it might be well done once I actually get to read it, but I was so not a fan
Apr 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
you know what I hate? people who write one-star reviews about books they've never read. like damn, chill. this isn't even out yet and it already has a 3.5 rating because people are giving bad ratings and writing negative opinions they can't possibly have because they haven't actually read the gosh darn book!

if this book sucks then it sucks. and if i have to give one star then i will... AFTER I READ IT AND HAVE AN ACTUAL OPINION!
I'm so happy for Christine writing her new book. I can't wait to
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 19, 2021 is currently reading it
Lucky cow stroke again! Guilty as charged I was tough grader for the author’s first book but I have so much hopes and good vibrations from this new book I cannot wait to jump on!🥳🤸🏼‍♂️📖🥂💕
Bethsade Elfman
May 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
May 25th, 2020
I may be jinxing myself here, but god I hope it's better than Again, But Better. I think that the little snippet suggests that this novel might stray from Riccio's own life (thank GOD).

Sept. 26th, 2020
Uhh I mean. The cover's really pretty, but that synp? It sounds exactly like the plot to the Parent Trap. Yeah okay 'inspired'. It's really disappointing to see that Christine might not have any original story ideas. Part of being a good writer is having good, fresh ideas. Obviously,
Monte Price
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021-releases, arc
reading vlog here

For those that don't want to sit through a video of me live reacting, or don't want to be spoiled I'll try to summarize my thoughts here. Overall I don't think that the actions of either parent were really addressed even though both siblings took a lot of time to talk about how what their parents did was just awful. I felt that the magical mystical element, while executed slightly better, muddled up the book and added an unnecessary complication to the overall story and in the e
Kate✨ (Queen Kate the Brave of Narnia)
Christine's book titles are great lol XD

As of 8/11/20 (TITLE CHANGE!!), I much prefer this title. It's simple but sweet. I really really like it, especially for a YA contemporary
Literary Soirée
I loved the 1998 version of The Parent Trap movie, so HAD to read BETTER TOGETHER — a New Millennial update of sorts. Dancer Siri and wannabe stand-up comic Jamie are sisters separated when young due to their parents’ acrimonious divorce.

They meet at a Colorado retreat and decide to switch places, homes and parents. This story, like the Parent Trap movies, seems improbable. Yet I suspended judgment and read on, really digging the new book and loving the covers, with one sister on front, the oth
KristynRene SwissCheese JellyBean
Interested in this book since it doesn't seem to be a direct self-insert-novel like Again, but Better..... ...more
Elizabeth Nicole Schwartz
i DNFed Again But Better but i'm willing to give Christine a second chance and i'm loving how this one sounds. can't wait. ...more
Fer Bañuelos (myownlittlebookshelf)
estoy super emocionado me escuchan gritar?!?!?!
Jan 17, 2021 rated it did not like it
**Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I will be straightforward with this. I am a subscriber of Christine on YouTube and I did read her debut novel, which I will admit I did not enjoy. Of course, that was her first book so I assume her writing will improve in her next work. Just like "Again, But Better" I will not be biased when writing this review. Unfortunately, I also did not enjoy "Better Together" either.

I will like to say the char
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
i was made aware of the existence of this book and im kinda hyped ngl

instagram | blog | ko-fi | booksirens
Julia Benassi
Mar 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
Blurb says: "Inspired by The Parent Trap, the YA novel is a dramedy following two sisters navigating their way through a broken family and the highs and lows of impending adulthood."
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was super cute! The Parent Trap is a favorite of mine, and you could definitely tell that this was very heavily inspired by it. With that being said though, there was enough variation in the actual story that it didn't bug me, and I really enjoyed the plot!

I want to start this off by saying that I have no idea who Christine Riccio is. I've never watched Booktube, so I have no opinion on the drama that seems to surround booktubers becoming published authors. I would like to say, that p
Christian Galano
Sep 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Hope this book have at least better writing than her first book. I’ve read pages of Again, But Better and it is so poorly written; it shouldn’t have passed editing and publishing phase.
Sep 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
Jan 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
Siri?! Why the everloving fuck would anyone name one of their main characters Siri in the year of our lord 2021? It's distracting and just annoying. Also this book is gonna be awful. Christine can't write compelling characters or even a basic interesting plot. I'll literally eat my own hand if I read this and enjoy it.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

It’s no secret that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Again, but Better, but I will say that Better Together is a much better improvement as a second book.

The storyline was much more intriguing than the story of Again, but Better and I enjoyed the characters much more, as well. The characters definitely felt less like a self-insert and stood well on their own without being infl
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked Better Together, it was a fun story with a sister switch up that included some romance and family drama as well. This book had a lot going on, but it never felt like too much to me. Each of the elements felt balanced.
For some reason I could not connect with Jaime at all. I just felt like her whole character was trying way to hard to be quirky and funny and it just made her quite unlikable. On the other hand, I actually really liked Siri and her development. She seemed to really learn ab
Asher  Stewart
Sep 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
Omg. Can’t wait for this book! I love the cover! Can i have it like now?
Angelica Vazquez
Jan 06, 2021 marked it as to-read
I really love Freaky Friday and Parent Trap so I'm excited to read this!!! 😁 ...more
Kayla Plutzer
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m pretty sure Christine hinted to this boon at the end of AGAIN BUT BETTER when Shane was drafting a story about sisters in college
The Damsel in the Library
Again, but Better was a walking catastrophe. But I do love The Parent Trap. We'll see.

What's up with the lame names?
Sep 25, 2020 marked it as not-a-chance-in-hell  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, but money means more to me than getting this book written by Christine-Forever-Screaming-Like-Black-Canary-Riccio. 🤷 🤷 🤷 🤷 🤷.
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of BETTER TOGETHER by Christine Riccio in exchange for my honest review.***

As a big fan of The Parent Trap, the original Hayley Mills version, I was excited to read a modern retelling with older sisters at a week long self-improvement camp.

I liked Siri, the recently-retired ballerina more than Jamie, the un-funny aspiring comedienne, in part because I enjoy dance more than standup.

Christine Riccio’s writing style never drew me in to
Sarah F
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
When two sisters, torn apart at a young age, meet again at a retreat in Colorado and decide to switch places.
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*
It was ok. Writing was mediocre, Siri was a little too whiny for me personally. It has the potential to be an amazing book, I just think it could be a little different, because honestly this feels like The Parent Trap fanfiction. It's not that I have a strong hatred for it I merely dislike it because it's incredibly unorigin
Jessica (Ancillotti) Miller
8/14/2020: I don't like that the title is so close to her last book. I did not enjoy her last book and this feels like though, it may not be similar in plot to the last book, it will be very similar in writing. I will read this book, (but maybe borrow it first) and I am truly hoping she has improved since Again, but Better

Nov 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
I'll probably give it a chance. See if Riccio's grown since Again, but Better. But I'm honestly not optimistic.

Calling it now, the Freaky Friday switch is related to Shane's "spirit guide" (ugh). Maybe not the same person, but fulfills the same purpose making this a series of stand alones in the same universe.
Sep 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
I wasn't too interested in Again but Better but this looks INTRIGUING.
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Christine Riccio has been on a quest to encourage more humans to read since the third grade. No one really listened until she started making videos about books on Youtube in 2010. Now her channel PolandbananasBOOKS has over 390,000 book-loving subscribers. She makes comedic book reviews, vlogs, sketches, and writing videos chronicling the creation of her own novel. She’s also one of the three YouT ...more

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