Review: Emmy & Oliver

emmy and oliverEmmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Published June 23rd 2015 by HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary| Romance

Recommended to: everyone

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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?

REVIEW

RATING: ★★★★★

This was absolutely beautiful.

After reading the blurb, I expected a typical story full of drama but it was so much more than what I imagined. For me, Robin Benway has managed to turn an ordinary story into something extraordinary.

What I loved most about this book is that I understood how all the characters felt. I understood why they did what they did, even Oliver’s father. The book was like a friend telling me all their problems and I feel for them so much that I want to hug them and say, “It’s okay. I understand. I am here.

“Sometimes there just aren’t enough words to fill the cracks in your heart.”

This is as contemporary as contemporary could get. The characters and events were very realistic to me. Robin has created three-dimensional characters that everyone can relate to.

Last but not the least and definitely my favorite part, the romance was so cute! Emmy and Oliver are now one of my favorite book couples.

“It was funny, I never cared about those things with Oliver. I didn’t worry about how I looked. All that mattered was how I felt.”

This was a story about friendship, family, freedom, and being brave. I almost didn’t want this to end. But as Oliver said in the book,

“Not goodbye. Just see you later.”

Well, I guess in this case, to me it’s, “Not goodbye. Just read you again later.” 😉

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