Never Meant to Meet You by Alli Frank & Asha Youmans

Do you get along with your neighbors?⁣

I have the weirdest neighbors ever and tend to avoid at all costs 😆⁣

What I do not avoid is anything written but these two! @alliandasha have become one of my most favorite author duos – they write the most fun stories, and seamlessly flow so many themes together that draw you in and keep you engaged throughout the whole story. ⁣

“A sparkling story of unlikely friendship. Marjette is Black and Noa is Jewish, but they find commonalities between their two cultures while also learning about their differences. Marjette’s light and funny voice carries the book in this complex yet sunny read…a must-buy.” — Booklist

And while this one starts off with a death in the neighborhood – I promise you it’s not a sad book. I love when a found family comes together but most especially when it’s the most unexpected of connections. Marjette and Noa are the most unlikely of friends, but watching their relationship blossom is such a joy!⁣

There’s something in this story that everyone can relate to – from race and religion, to parenting, grief, and relationships, and everything in-between. Theres humor and snark, romance and drama, a little bit of mystery and a LOT of delicious meals. ⁣

“Frank and Youmans, who previously collaborated on Tiny Imperfections, develop rich, empathetic characters in a contemporary outing that’s as focused on female friendship and personal growth as it is on romance…the authors do a good job exploring the common ground between African American and Jewish experiences: the characters feel like real people with racial and religious identities that inform their worldviews, but don’t define them…It’s an impressive feat sure to move romance fans and women’s fiction readers alike.” — Publishers WeeklySTARRED review


Expect to laugh out loud while feeling all the heart tugging feels, and prepare for inspiring messages while your tummy growls. It’s all of the wonderful things.⁣

NEVER MEANT TO MEET YOU is a lively, perceptive read that explores race, religion, privilege, education, love and parenting with humor, joy and grace. Best of all, it will remind you of how healing an unexpected magical friendship can be.

Thank you Over the River PR @lizaroyceagency @AmazonPublishing for having me on tour!⁣



QUICK FACTS:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Montlake (October 1, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 319 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1542034108
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1542034104

BUYING LINKS

Amazon | Bookshop.org | Barnes & Noble


ABOUT THE BOOK:

From the authors of Tiny Imperfections comes a riotously funny, emotionally real look at race and religion, love and heartache, and the realities of parenting through it all.

Readers will instantly relate to the engaging and hilarious Marjette Lewis in NEVER MEANT TO MEET YOU. Self-appointed fixer of other people’s woes, Marjette is uncharacteristically determined to keep to her side of the driveway when it comes to her flawless neighbor Noa Abrams. Professionally, Marjette has her hands full as she prepares for a new class of kindergarteners and her first year of teaching without her best friend, Judy, as campus “Black-up.” And at home, her son’s budding manhood challenges her expectations, and her vexing ex-husband continues to be a thorn in her side.

But when tragedy strikes Marjette’s street, and an unexpected child shows up on the first day of school with an uncle who has all the class moms aflutter, Marjette is forced to contend with both her neighbor and her own heartache over losing the life she once thought was guaranteed. Through laughter, tears, and the gift of found family, Marjette and Noa navigate the rituals of loss together and discover the strength to remake their lives―whether they meant to or not.

NEVER MEANT TO MEET YOU is a lively, perceptive read that explores race, religion, privilege, education, love and parenting with humor, joy and grace. Best of all, it will remind you of how healing an unexpected magical friendship can be.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Alli Frank and Asha Youmans are coauthors of Tiny Imperfections (Random House, 2020), and Alli is a contributing essayist in the anthology Moms Don’t Have Time to: A Quarantine Anthology. Alli has worked in education for more than twenty years, from boisterous public high schools to small, progressive private academies. A graduate of Cornell and Stanford Universities, Alli lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters. 

Asha Youmans spent two decades teaching elementary school students. A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Asha lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and has two grown sons. Learn more about Alli Frank and Asha Youmans at www.alliandasha.com and on IG/FB/Twitter: @alliandasha.


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