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3.30  ·  Rating details ·  573 ratings  ·  312 reviews
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-Discover Yourself Retreat in Colorado. When they run into each other, their worlds turn upside down.

Jamie and Siri are sisters, torn apart at a yo
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Wednesday Books
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sapphia
Feb 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh, cringe
description
"Excrement."

Here we go again.

This was so difficult to get through, which is a bad sign.

I wanted this to be, if not good, then at least half-way decent. I really did. No, really!

That being said, this was atrocious.
Somehow, even worse than Again, But Better.
Which is sad.

A debut novel is supposed to be at least a little bit shitty, it's really rare for your first published novel to be excellent.
ABB isn't the worst book I've ever read, and most of my problems (and anger) with that book were the
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jessica
Apr 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
DNF at 66%

omg. i just cant do it anymore. i feel like this review is going to be a mean rant that i will probably regret later, but i feel angry that i lost so many brain cells and wasted so much time reading this.

i honestly dont know where to begin. i just keep thinking that i have 12 year old ESL/EFL students who can write better stories in english than CR can.

at least they understand that unexplained magic cop-outs in realistic fiction makes zero sense, forced dialogue sucks the fun out of
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Angelica
Apr 02, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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!
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I'm so happy for Christine writing her new book. I can't wait to
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Welcome to another remake / retelling of one of my favorite movies Parent Trap ( sorry my friends but I’m old school about this one: I always prefer 1961’s Hayley Mills’ performance to Lindsay Lohan) You know the drill: the sisters were torn apart at young age and they find each other at Colorado retreat. Both of them have true problematic, dysfunctional relationships with their families. They need a break from their lives. So they made a pact and switch places!

I have to confess I love the auth
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Sara Grossaint
An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

How to begin! This is my first ARC and, after nearly 6 years of reviewing every book I read, I was excited for the opportunity to read something in advance. I am still very excited! It is a really wonderful privilege to be able to read a book that isn't out yet.

It was not, however, a privilege to read this book. This book was―and I cannot stress this enough―bad.

While I didn't like Christine Riccio's first effort, Again, But Better
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Allie (alliewithbooks)
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this ARC on NetGalley.

This makes me SO SAD to write a review for this book. I had the highest hopes, and unfortunately I was completely let down.

As most of you who know me know, I really loved Again, But Better. It was a 4-star read and I genuinely enjoyed it. It was fun, fluffy, magical, and self-insterty in a way that was charming and exciting. But this...this was a train wreck.

Starting off with the characters, every single one of them was unlik
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Jaye Berry
Feb 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, contemporary, 2021
This intercoursing excrement was AWFUL.

Better Together is about two sisters named Jamie and Siri who were torn apart at a young age by their parents divorce. They've grown up completely different lives in LA and New Jersey, with each parent. When both girls sign up for a retreat in Colorado and they run into each other again, everything changes. Soon they come up with a crazy idea to switch places to confront their estranged parent.

So I really didn't like this booktuber turned author's last book
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Monte Price
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
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Kristy
A cute albeit long read about family and finding yourself

Jamie and Siri wind up at the same Re-Discover Yourself Retreat at Colorado because their lives are both slowly crumbling. Jamie is an aspiring comic in LA, but she can't seem to make it through her set without throwing up. She's been kicked out of her apartment and is back at home, stuck living under her famous father's oppressive thumb. As for Siri, ballet is her entire life. But when she suffers a career-ending injury, everything she's
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✫erin✫
Feb 04, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
let's say it together folks.....this was NOT IT.

so, just as many other reviewers that have received an arc, I also read her book, Again but Better. That was a trainwreck and so was this. I honestly don't even want to go into detail with why I didn't like it because this book has sucked all my energy out of my soul.

Usually, even if I've read a book and not enjoyed it like HATED it, I can see that in some way, some person may find joy from the book. This book is not like that. Seriously, don't r
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M.  [storme reads a lot]
Feb 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
I fell in love with the cover and was curious after finding out the author was on YouTube. I have not read her first book nor do I know her videos.

This book...is not good. That is my nice way to say it because I know some people do like this book. The idea was cool. but the delivery was so... bad.

I am not sure what the author was trying to do with this book, but it did not work out. All I can say is that it sounded like one long book with everyone trying to be unique. It just sounded forced an
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farith
Feb 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
even though i suffered through "again, but better," i'm willing to see what christine has to offer in her sophomore novel. ...more
Bethsade Elfman
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,
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Ryley
Jan 24, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m sorry, this book was just bad.

The plot was unoriginal and used magic as a cop-out (again) - and yes, you can write an original retelling/reimagination of a story. You just need to try.

The characters were undistinguishable from one another at best, and flat out unlikeable at....all the time. Absolutely no use of voice to help the reader tell any of the speakers apart. I had to go back to the beginning of chapters multiple times to figure out whose POV it was. (No, Christine, you can’t just
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Literary Redhead
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
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janel
Feb 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
what the actual excrement?

Okay, so... where to start, honestly. I read this author's first book and hadn't been expecting much (I'm trying not to sound rude, but she has years of content and literary 'critique' online and I just.. didn't expect to love what she wrote), but I always try to give things a fair shot. I didn't like her first book at all, but my friends and I had a good time reading it for entertainment.

That wasn't the case here.

In order for the premise to work, there's a suspension
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Kate✨ (Queen of Narnia)
Christine's book titles are great lol XD

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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
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Mindy
Jan 17, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
**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
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Brinley
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
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emi
Apr 13, 2021 marked it as to-read
June 1st, 2021 Update: This book comes out today and I'm sooo excited to read it to see if it actually deserves its less than 3 star rating.


Should this book exist? No.

Am I still gonna buy it and read it? Yes.

I'm actually excited to read it and see if it deserves it's 2.79 average rating. Like bring it on. I'm gonna be binging it on release day.
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Aly
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is a mash-up of The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday and that was all I needed to know to peak my interest. Estranged sisters are reunited at a retreat and decide to switch places to confront their parents. There's a bit of magic involved and suddenly they look like each other and are ready to pull off their plan.

I liked the plot and that it addressed how awful it was of their parents to each take a child and never speak of it again. I also thought the character development was well
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Leigh
Apr 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
** I was given a free ARC of this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! LOOK AWAY! SPOILERS!

I don't rate a lot of books one star reads. Typically if I can get through the thing, I leave it two stars just because. I've never DNF'd a book, and this one almost broke me. I read Christine's first book, enjoyed it, and I believe it garnered four stars from me. I see a lot of people saying that while this book wasn't good, it showed skill improvement from he
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Mia
Feb 27, 2021 rated it did not like it
I was intrigued by the premise and cover and this was my first read by Christine Riccio unfortunately it didn't work for me.
Writing has some painful dialogue and overall feeling I get from this book was like I was reading fanfic.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Trio
“Freaky Friday meets The Parent Trap”

Yep, that grabbed my attention. When the chance came up to review the audio version of Better Together, and I read that tagline, I knew I was going to grab this one.

I’ve never heard of Christine Riccio (but damn she’s pretty, and if you haven’t seen her pic on her author page, do yourself a favor and click asap!). The narrators, Brittany Pressley and Karissa Vacker are new to me as well. I'm seriously impressed, and I'm going to be looking for more from t
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Shay ☆
Jun 02, 2021 marked it as to-read
HAPPY RELEASE DAY!

cannot wait to finally get my hands on this one!

〖 Follow me on Instagram (@shashaybooks)! 〗
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Kayla Plutzer
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
dumplin’
Mar 10, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book felt like i was reading a very, very, VERY poorly written IT fan fiction, and it wasn’t even a richie/eddie one
Korynne
May 11, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF at 30%.

I’m very sad to have to say this, but this book is not good. In fact, it’s barely readable at times.

Better Together is a story in the vein of The Parent Trap. It’s about two sisters—Siri, a ballerina who just sustained a career-ending back injury, and Jamie, a wannabe stand-up comedian who’s struggling to come up with new set ideas—who were separated at a young age by divorcing parents. Now 18 and 20 and living on opposite coasts, the girls both happen to attend the same Rediscover
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Jennifer
3.5 / 5 stars

Better Together is a Young Adult book that is being described as Freaky Friday meets The Parent Trap.

The narrators are Jamie and Siri (1st person POVs).

Jamie is 20 years old and lives in California. She wants to be a standup comic. 18 year old Siri is a ballerina from New Jersey. They meet at a Retreat in Colorado.

This story has some romance and some comedy. The book also features magical realism.

I didn't read the book blurb before reading this book. So while I knew that there was s
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Katie
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I unexpectedly loved this so much 😭
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