Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Book: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Series: N/A
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: June 23rd, 2015
Source: Library
Date Started: July 28th, 2015
Date Finished: July 29th, 2015
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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.

 

Hey guys, I know its been a while since I posted a review, but I’ve been on a roll with reading and finishing books lately that I think its time for me to start blogging more regularly. So to start, I’m reviewing Emmy & Oliver. Well, more like I’m going to gush about Emmy & Oliver.

I’ve seen lots of people rave about this book, so I added it to my list of books to read. I was in the mood for a good contemporary and thought I’d take a risk on a new to me author. Guys, I loved this book. I kept wishing that it would never end. I started this at like 4 in the afternoon and ended up staying up until 2am just to finish this book. Thats how good it was.

This book is about Emmy and Oliver, but told from the perspective of Emmy. Emmy and Oliver were the best of friends when they were kids, but when they were 7, Oliver was kidnapped by his dad and never came back. Ten years later, Oliver is found and reunited with his family. But its not a happy ever after. Emmy and Oliver can’t just pick up where they left off, and Oliver just doesn’t fit in with his mom’s new family. Throughout the story, we read about Emmy and Oliver trying to start their friendship over while trying to navigate their overbearing families.

So let me start off by saying that I loved the family dynamics in this book. For Oliver, he has to deal with his mom having a new family which includes a new husband and twin daughters. Its not easy for Oliver to fit into this, and he always seems to feel like he’s ruining his mom’s new family. I really liked this aspect because when you see news stories of families being reunited after kidnappings and such, you think good for them, they found each other. But what happens after? I’ve always imagined it to be a long road with therapy sessions, miscommunication, and a whole lot of complicated pieces. For Emmy, she has really overbearing parents, which doesn’t help when she loves to surf and wants to go to a college a little bit further away. I really connected with Emmy on this. Like Emmy, I was an only child and I always felt like my parents were too overprotective over me. I was never allowed to join sports, I wasn’t allowed to go snowboarding with my friends, etc. All because they thought I would get hurt. Just like how Emmy’s parents think she could get kidnapped or something like Oliver did. Emmy’s parents wouldn’t even let her apply to any colleges except for the local community college. Man, this brought back so many memories. I was allowed to apply to colleges, but they could only be in state. This put a damper in my plans because there was a school I desperately wanted to go to in California. Alls good now though. I loved watching all the miscommunication happen with their families in this book and then trying to sort through it all in the end. It was nice to see a better ending for them when sometimes its not that happy in real life.

I loved the humor in this book. I wish I had the book with me (I returned it to the library already) so I could post one of the parts that made me laugh really hard. I had a smile plastered on my face the entire time I read this book. I loved Emmy and Oliver, I loved Emmy’s friends, and I pretty much loved everything else. It was such an addicting read! This book reminded me a bit of Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything with the overbearing parents, but it was a much lighter read.
I’m really looking forward to checking out more books from this author. This is a book I would definitely add to my summer reading list if you already haven’t.

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