The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord


Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamicsThe Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?


Guys, I’m in LOVE. Everything about this was perfect. I think Emery Lord, after merely two books, has zoomed way up my “must-read” list. I LOVED THIS. QuizBowl?! HOW COULD I NOT? Admittedly, QuizBowl didn’t play as big a role as I had thought. But it still had so many references to GREAT things in pop culture through the ages. It was precious.

Even crazy things, like divorced people dating again. The start of new friendships, but also the best-ever long-standing ones. Firsts, and beginning again. Ice Cream. Books, oh my god. Can we take a moment for that? Pride and Prejudice, hello. Grammar girl! Claw machines. Airplanes. Firefly and fireflies. Doing crazy things (like stealing cars) for the ones you love. With the ones you love.

Max Max Max, you are perfect. Janie so has a thing for nerds, and I DO TOO.

Here’s the thing, we totally know what’s going to happen throughout the book. But this one is NOT about the plot. It’s about the journey. It’s about the people. It’s about learning, growing, and trying new things. Fitting in, or not. Doing your own thing, and being better off for it. I need to revisit Ryan and Tessa. And Morgan, Kayleigh, EVERYONE. Heck, I’d even want to hear about Cameron or Paige’s parents. This is a book about finding the perfect things in the places you don’t expect it. And only realizing things after they’re already happening; after there’s no going back.

“I think I loved you since that first day.” I’M LIVING.

…This review makes absolutely zero sense. In summary: LOVED IT. LAUGHED, CRIED, AND FELT EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. Read this book.

Related Reading

  • Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen
  • Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally
  • Open Road Summer – Emery Lord
  • The Avery Shaw Experiment – Kelly Oram

Rating: 5/5


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