Book: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Date Published: April 15th, 2014
Date Started: August 23rd, 2015
Date Finished: August 25th, 2015
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.
Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.
This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.
A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
Open Road Summer is a book that’s been on my shelf a while, but I always wanted to read it during the summer months. Well, Summer has come to a close, and I was running out of opportunities to read it. And you know what? I regret waiting so long to read this book. I absolutely adored it!
This book has some Taylor Swift elements to it, so if you’re looking for some music to listen to while reading, I recommend that! Maybe even some Maddie and Tae (I completely love them) This book is centralized around music, so I really enjoyed listening to music while I read this.
Reagan and Dee had the best friendship. One of the great things about this book is the fact that the friendship plays a big part of the story. I’ve always had this problem with contemporary young adult books where the main character and her best friend have this colossal fight and the best friend disappears while the main character is off falling in love. I just don’t find it realistic (it doesn’t happen all of the time, maybe sometimes) nor do I think it sends a good message. The beauty about this book is the fact that their friendship comes first. No matter what.
On that note, I also really liked Matt Finch- Reagan’s love interest. It was nice to get to know him. His character had some real depth to him instead of just being the typical hot bod with blue eyes. When I think back on this story, I remember his personality and actions. Not just his looks.
There was a great message to this book, and it was something I could really connect with. People make mistakes but that doesn’t automatically make them a bad person. Sometimes you just need a second chance. I loved Reagan because she wasn’t afraid to feel. She wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself. This is something that I need to work on. To learn that I don’t need to apologize for the way I feel and that I matter.
This is a great summer read that has a deep resounding message. This has become one of my favorite contemporaries. It even inspired me to go buy a new pair of shoes! I really recommend this one and I can’t wait to dive into Emery Lord’s latest release, The Start of Me and You.