Book Review: The Next Together by Lauren James

Book Review: The Next Together by Lauren James

Series: The Next Together (#1)
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Young adult fiction (romance, plus historical/science fiction/contemporary!)
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The Next Together has been praised by many of my bookish blogger friends and Lauren James is one of my Twitter buddies, so I was eager to finally read her début novel. The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my all-time favourite books. The Next Together similarly delves into the complicated, multiple lives of an unforgettable couple – although Lauren James prefers to call it reincarnation romance rather than time-travelling! – but with a dash of conspiratorial science, compelling history and inevitable coming-of-age themes, too.

Katherine and Matthew are meant to be together. Each of their reincarnations – from the past, in the Crimean War (1854) and Siege of Carlisle (1745), to the future, as a hard-working couple in their early twenties (2019) and university chemistry students (2039) – means they always find each other and unknowingly work together to make the world a better place. Tragically, they’re separated from each other every time. But maybe the next together will be the one?

I fell in love with Kate and Matt as soon as I met them. Passionate, energetic, intelligent and full of humour, they’re an absolute delight to read about. They’re a couple you really want to be together, even if you’re not sure exactly why. They’re the sort of protagonists you find yourself thinking about even once you’ve put down the book (because you have to, not because you want to). I looked forward to my morning commute, not knowing which year I’d be transported to. I’ve read very few novels that span multiple genres in such a way. Lauren James cleverly entwines each lifetime, expertly making every landscape quite different while the characters stay the same.

As a fan of young adult contemporary, 2019 and 2039 were my favourite landscapes, but each held its own. I loved the way the story is not just told traditionally, but through newspaper articles, emails, instant messenger conversations and little notes that Matt and Kate leave each other on the fridge. If I were travelling on the tube with them, they’d be sickening, quite frankly, but on paper they’re a dream.

Created out of Lauren James’ love of history and science, The Next Together is utterly charming and I can’t wait to see what she does next in the sequel, The Last Beginning.

Published: September 2015
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 356
Source: Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review!

Matthew & Katherine by Alice Oseman

Kate and Matt by Alice Oseman

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18 thoughts on “Book Review: The Next Together by Lauren James

  1. Ahhh I so want to read this!

  2. Sold! Adding it to my list.

  3. This book is part of my Dream List! Great job, can’t wait to read!

  4. […] Source: Book Review: The Next Together by Lauren James […]

  5. I really need to read this book now! Nice review!

  6. This is one of y most anticipated books of the year. The concept sounds intriguing and unique and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. :D

  7. This is going on my to read list now! Thanks for a great review and for introducing me to this book!

  8. I’m SO, SO glad you enjoyed this, Stacey!!

  9. […] Source: Book Review: The Next Together by Lauren James […]

  10. […] read some reviews of this book from other bloggers, and this review from The Pretty Books mentioned that Lauren would like to call The Next Together a “reincarnation romance” […]

  11. I’ve been staring at this book for a while, now I can’t wait to read it.

  12. […] wonderfully written historical romance and time-travelling sound like your cup of tea, then The Next Together should be on your wishlist. Another Together is a standalone short story set in the same world. […]

  13. I read The Next Together by Lauren James in one day! It is hands down one of the most intriguing books I’ve ever read! Lauren James tells 4 beautifully tragic love stories, about the same 2 people in the course of history. While these 4 stories play out, you fall more and more in love with Matthew and Katherine. Lauren also provides cute and funny notes that Matthew and Katherine left for each other on the fridge. While I read The Next Together I never once got bored, or came across a boring part. I only got more and more excited as I read. I enjoyed this love story and all of it’s twisted historic events, how just one action could change history as we know it. There were frustrating moments which I thought “Just kiss already!” The Next Together is amazing, and beautifully written. The Next Together also has a sequel, coming out in October of 2016. Lauren James is a phenomenal writer, I guarantee you that you will not regret reading this book. This is one of my very favorite books without a doubt!

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