Review: Emmy & Oliver

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Genres: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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?

An amazing YA contemporary book. I read this when it was first published in 2015. I decided to recently listen to it on Audible and I am happy to report I still love it.

What I loved:

  • Emmy’s friendship with Caro and Drew. Seeing strong, platonic friendships in YA is so refreshing. There is nothing between these friends other than love, support, loyalty.
  • Emmy’s relationship with her parents, especially her dad. Parents that are actually involved in their kids lives? What? Yes! With Emmy’s parents you get the good, bad, and annoying. You see the unconditional love and the bad dad jokes.
  • The slow building romance between Emmy and Oliver. While the romance never dominates the story, it’s definitely present. The progression from strangers to friends to lovers was so realistic.

This book shows so many different types of relationships, and it shows it well. The author made sure to care for every single one of her characters. They were all thought out, with distinct personalities.

Fans of character driven novels will love this.

five stars

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