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Divorce isn’t easy on kids. There are lots of stories and movies that caricature that, with screaming teens and tearful, apologetic parents. But Two Naomis gives a more down-to-Earth look at life after divorce, and the complications when families begin to move on. Naomi E’s dad starts dating Naomi M’s mom, and when their parents are overzealous about their developing friendship, the two are suddenly forced to share more than just their names. I liked that this book featured big topics without harping on them – the girls are different races, their parents are learning to co-parent, and two very different families are attempting to blend together, but everything unfolded organically, without a forced moral. Two Naomis is also one of the first books I have ever read that has female characters participating in a coding and computer programming activity – nonchalantly! It’s not front and center in the novel, but I almost like that better – the authors don’t feel the need to sell it to the reader, because girls participating in tech is now believable. Mix in a mom that’s a school librarian, and this had Fitz written all over it. I was frustrated with the tiny font and found my mind wandering a few times, but I know that this one will be a big hit with the right audience.
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