Reader Reviewed The Next Together by Lauren James

The Next Together

Written by Lauren James
Part of the The Next Together Series

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September 2015 Debut of the Month At once a sweeping love story and a high-concept page-turner, this ambitious, accomplished debut resonates long after the story has ended.

Teenagers Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. And during their incarnations – the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the speculative near-futures of 2019 and 2039 – they are destined to meet, fall madly in love, and change the course of history for the better, though in so doing they lose one another, and themselves, over and over and over.

Innovatively told through prose, letters, emails, articles and social media posts, this expansive debut is rich in both historical detail and thought-provoking hypotheses. The multi-narrative structure and compelling, question-driven plot (How many times must Katherine and Matthew die to save the world? Will their next time together be different?)will appeal to readers with a wide range of tastes and interests, from historical fiction and romance, to speculative fiction and time slip mysteries. Moreover, Katherine and Matthew’s extraordinary love and heart-breaking predicament speaks to the romantic in us all. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Ayesha - 'The Next Together is a unique, gripping and exciting novel which will keep you hooked from the very first page.'
  • Octavia Sharman - 'I throughly Enjoyed The Next Together - it was a brilliant read and very gripping.'
  • Delilah Acworth - 'It's beautiful, simple and so thought provoking'
  • Georgia Walters - 'I was hooked from the opening pages.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I love this modern day story of time travel and the awesome characters at the centre of it all. A must read for all time travel fans.'
  • Millie Finbow - 'If you love History and stories about people you will enjoy this. It jumps backwards and forwards in time too.'


The Next Together by Lauren James

A powerful and epic debut novel about fate and the timelessness of first love.

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. How many times can you lose the person you love? For Matthew and Katherine it is again and again, over and over, century after century. But why do they keep coming back? How many times must they die to save the world? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different...


“Funny, romantic and compulsively readable.” The Bookseller

About the Author

Lauren James

Lauren James is a scientist by day, writer by early hours of the morning. She graduated in 2014 with a Masters degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She now lives in the village of Berkswell, West Midlands. You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James, which she mainly uses to fancast actors as her characters and panics about all of the overly ambitious plans she has for her PhD, or her website at

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Book Info


368 pages
Interest Age: From 12


Lauren James
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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd September 2015




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