Emmy & Oliver Book Review

 

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Original Release Date: June.23 2015

Date I Read The Book: Jan.1 2016

My Star Rating: 4.5

Chronology: Standalone

How I Own It: E-Book

Official Summary:
Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

My Review:

Emmy & Oliver is a quick, cute read. Managing to be both heartfelt and not too heavy at the same time. The writing is simple, easy to understand, nothing spectacular. It’s a cute book, Emmy is quirky and awkward without feeling like a caricature, and her and Oliver really feel like they belong together, not like the author just told us they should be.

My favorite thing about the book is that it isn’t all about the romance, they are friends first and friends after the start dating, it doesn’t change them.

The end game of the book isn’t the romance, not is it the main focus, which is off course the aftermath of Oliver’s kidnapping for his father at age seven, and hi subsequent return home now, ten years later.

The relationships between all the characters and their friends and parents are clearly built, and no one is painted like a villain or an angel, everyone feels like a real person. Which is rare, as in most YA contemporaries the parents are just there to ground you as a plot device.

Essentially, if you like contemporaries, I highly recommend it, I think its one of my new favorites, being sweet and hopeful without falling into a lot of the traps or short comings common in the genre, though I do wish it were slightly longer, just because I felt the last few chapter were a bit rushed.

Favorite Quote(s):

“Could you please stop dripping your sarcasm all over my car’s interior?”
― Robin BenwayEmmy & Oliver

“And oh my God, who brought that goddamn guitar? I want to kill them. Do you know how you can tell who the douche bag is at the party? It’s the guy who starts playing the acoustic guitar.”
― Robin BenwayEmmy & Oliver

Cover Thoughts:
It’s simplistic but cute. Fingerprints are a pretty major part of the plot so the finger print heart is cute and still relavant. And it didn’t suffer the fate of most contemporaries with the teenagers faces staring blankly with some stupid background.

 

You should read this if you like…

Honestly, I don’t know. Read it if you like contemporary’s that are not solely about romance, even if the romance is still a major part of the story.

 

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