Title: The Next Together
Author: Lauren James
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 3rd September 2015
Genres: YA Romance/Time travel/Historical
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Lauren James has quickly become one of the most talked about authors in the bookish community, and I can see why. The Next Together is such a clever book, one I wish I'd written, and it is so unique. I've read loads of time travel books in my time, but this is carefully crafted, fantastically original and properly gasp-worthy. A lot of books on time travel seem very predictable, but this is not one of them.
I think everyone can enjoy The Next Together no matter what genre you usually go for because it has a little bit of everything. I did get a bit confused sometimes, mainly between the Crimean War chapters and the ones set in Carlisle - silly mistake to make, I know, but it happened. Other than that, it was so, so good. I adored Katherine and Matthew's relationship which, in all times, added a lot of great comedy, and I also loved the ending which has yet to leave my mind despite reading it quite a while ago. It was so expertly done.
The Next Together is 100% worth the read. I ignored my to-do list and stayed in bed for an entire day to read it all. No regrets. I'm really glad I managed to snag a signed bookmark at YALC because I loved this book and I cannot wait for the next one!