Publisher: HarperTeen (June 23, 2015)
Rating: 5 stars
Cover Rating: <3 <3 <3 <3
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?
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 had 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.
As a book blogger/review I can’t do Emmy & Oliver any justice. All I can say is that I love this book. It’s so beautifully written with such great and wonderful characters. Yes there you have it. I’m done. No seriously, I read this book over a month ago and it has taken me this long to come up with something that is coherent and somewhat a review.
You ever read one of those books that just blow your mind away and leave you completely speechless and all in your feelings? Well Emmy and Oliver is that type of book. Not only is the cover gorgeous but so is the book. Let me be the one to tell you not to get fooled by the cover. It’s no way a romantic love story. There are no roses and baby cupids flying around this book. It’s so much more than that.
Okay maybe a little love it present in the book but overall it’s about friendship, family, and the workings of growing up in small town America that is divided by a tragedy. It’s also about rebuilding something that was lost so long ago and whether or not things will be the same or different or……unknown.
As you’ve read from the synopsis Oliver was kidnapped when he was younger. Ten years later he’s shows up and Emma is trying to decide if it would be worth it to get involved and invest her time and heart in getting to know “this” Oliver. To know if the person she grow up with ten years ago is still inside this newer and much older Oliver.
Robin Benway does a fantastic job of showcasing the plethora of emotions that take place throughout this book simply with her words. I can’t stress enough how beautifully written Emmy & Oliver is. How much I thoroughly enjoyed the main characters as well as the cast of side characters. Another great contemporary read that I’ve read this year. If you know me I don’t do contemporaries all that much so for a book to move me like this you know that I appreciate what the author has done.
I highly recommend Emmy & Oliver. A must read for 2015. Just remember this is so much more than romance. So if romance is what you’re looking for this is not the book for that no matter what the cover say. Other than that I suggest you keep the box of tissues handy.
*I received a digital ARC copy from Edelweiss. Thank you HarperTeen.
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