Just as Long as We're Together (novel)
|Genre||Young adult novel|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Followed by||Here's to You, Rachel Robinson|
The novel is narrated by Stephanie 'Steph' Hirsch, who has several changes in her life happening at the same time. She is turning thirteen, her family has just moved, she is starting middle school, her parents are separating, she gains ten pounds over the holidays, she starts menstruating and becoming interested in boys, and her lifelong friendship with the overachieving Rachel Robinson (the later protagonist of Here's to You, Rachel Robinson) is threatened when new girl Alison Monceau moves to town. Stephanie really likes Alison and feels that Rachel is threatened when the twosome becomes a threesome. Will this friendship be saved? Will Stephanie's parents ever get back together?
Allusions and references to other works
The novel's title is a reference from the popular 1927 song "Side by Side" by Gus Kahn and Harry M. Woods; which Stephanie learned at summer camp and teaches her friends, which she chooses instead her favorite lines in the song:
- "Through all kinds of weather
- What if the sky should fall
- Just as long as we're together
- It doesn't matter now at all"
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