Emmy & Oliver – Robin Benway

Synopsis

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?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

Review

So freaking tragic and beautiful. I’ve never read a book quite like this one before. My heart could break from any person’s perspective. Emmy, Oliver, Emmy’s parents, Maureen, Caro, Drew, Drew’s brother, Drew’s parents, Oliver’s Dad, heck, even Rick or the twins. Every character was so well developed.

Emmy was such a TEENAGER, and it was amazing. Robin Benway captured those teen years and moments so perfectly. Seriously, it smelled like teen spirit. There was one scene in particular that had me nodding and laughing at the same time: Emmy was scrambling on a Sunday night, trying to cram all her homework in for the week. Her mom kept interrupting her to say that she wouldn’t have been in this situation if she had worked throughout the week. True. Emmy then told her mother that she would’ve been much more productive without the constant interruptions. Very true. Such a simple, mundane occurrence (seriously, that does not warrant a spoiler tag or anything), yet it was so true-to-life.

Emmy is so freaking strong. I am PROUD of that girl. She’s been through a lot, but she knows how to stand up for herself and her dreams!! You go girl!

I loved the way this story ended. It made me feel hopeful and nostalgic all at once. There’s an omniscient voice in this story (every now and then), which I usually find so annoying. In this case, I loved it! It was such a nice touch. I enjoyed reading such simple statements that represented more complicated thoughts and feelings behind their little minds.

All in all, Emmy & Oliver was a unique and unexpected surprise. This one is a must-read from 2015.

Related Reading

  • Where the Stars Still Shine – Trish Doller
  • I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios
  • Anything by Sarah Dessen
  • How to Love – Katie Cotugno

Rating: 5/5

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