Open Road Summer – Emery Lord

Synopsis

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.

Review

This is the definition of a perfect summer read. I laughed, I cried, and I gushed. I actually sped through this book really fast, then put it aside for a few days because I DIDN’T WANT IT TO END.

For starters, Dee is basically Taylor Swift. And that makes Riley her Abigail. And Matt Finch is Joe Jonas, except he’s into Riley, not Dee. And Dee is still hung up on her hometown boyfriend (the “Drew” from Taylor’s earlier works). I think I’m taking this analogy a bit far. But it’s pretty much Taylor’s story back when she was wholesome and adored as a little country girl entering the big, bad world. There’s the pressure cooker of fame. But it’s still bright, wide-eyed, and innocent. 

Well, Riley isn’t innocent. It’s so hard to see her self-destructive tendencies. She’s had to deal with a lot, but she’s still fighting. I enjoyed Riley’s resilience, even if it did mean arriving with close-drawn walls and battle scars. I’m glad she didn’t stay in her comfort zone. It would’ve been so easy for her to wallow in self-pity. But instead, she went out on the road and had fun. She even learned some gratitude to go along with her attitude (hah). 

Matt Finch is like, the perfect human being. Enough said. 

Aside from that, I really expected this book to be about friendship, first and foremost (as in, mostly about Riley and Dee). There was a much bigger focus on romantic relationships, but that was perfectly fine (see paragraph above). 

Best read with country music blaring and a hot summer’s sun beating down on you.

Related Reading

  • Dirty Little Secret – Jennifer Echols
  • This Lullaby – Sarah Dessen
  • This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith
  • EVERYTHING TAYLOR SWIFT

Rating: 5/5

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