Title: Emmy & Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Excerpt from Goodreads:
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?
I received a copy of this book via Edelweiss for free in exchange for a honest and unbiased reviews. Big thanks to the publisher, HarperTeen!
Missing for a decade, Oliver is suddenly back home. Emmy and Oliver were best friends growing up and she wants to reconnect with him, but she doesn’t know how.
This book was pure adorableness (yes, I said adorableness) from beginning to end. I loved how Emmy went out of her way to be kind to Oliver. I also loved her awkwardness and rambling. What’s the first thing she does when she makes eye contact with Oliver? Sticks out tongue and crosses her eyes. See? Adorable.
Emmy and Oliver’s relationship was wonderful. I loved how Emmy and Oliver started of as friends and THEN evolved into something more. I just love when instalove isn’t involved! Emmy’s other friends, Caro and Drew, make for even more fantastic relationships throughout this book!
Since Oliver’s disappearance a decade ago, Emmy’s parents have become very protective over Emmy, which in turn causes a riff between Emmy and her parents. One of her favorite things to do, surfing, has been kept a secret from her parents. Emmy fears that if her parents knew about her surfing, they would make her quit and classify it as “too dangerous.”
The issues and drama within this book are very real and relatable. The growth in each character is well paced and not rushed. The relationship between Emmy and her parents, her friends, and Oliver grew in such a way, that it makes it easy for readers to believe in the story. Same goes for Oliver’s relationship with his mom.
This book is a quiet and non-explosive read, but I think that is what makes this story so real. Many young adult novels today are so fabricated that it makes it hard to believe their stories. This book’s realness and believably are what make Emmy & Oliver stand out from the rest.
5 out of 5 stars
Meet The Author
Robin is the author of “Audrey, Wait!”, “The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June”, and the AKA series. Her latest book “Emmy & Oliver” will be released on June 23, 2015. She lives in Los Angeles with her extremely stubborn shih tzu, Hudson. She likes cooking, puppies, and coffee, but not in that order.