This was the first time I had heard of Robin Benway, and was curious about her writing style. When I stumbled upon this book on Goodreads and read the synopsis, I immediately fell in love. This was a story that I had never seen in YA before, and I wanted to read it immediately. This book is the absolute most adorable thing ever... no really!
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
Release Date: June 23rd, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
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? (Goodreads)
My Bookish Likes:
At first there wasn't anything the wowed me about the book. The writing is good, but it wasn't spectacular. As a reader, I usually look for lines or passages that floor me. If I highlight/tweet/Facebook/text a passage to someone, it's a sign of a good book. Yet as I began to read more about Emmy and Oliver the more I fell in love with them. These two are just so dang cute. I found myself shipping them from their first meeting. Benway has a way of writing pretty authentic teenagers, and I found myself relating to Emmy over and over again. I felt for her as she dealt with parents, falling in love with her best friend, and dealing with embarrassing high school moments that feel so huge in the moment.
My Bookish Loves:
The *feels* in this book sneak up on you. Like, Benway loads a train full of feels towards the end of the book and hits you right where it hurts. There is so much more going on in this book than simple teenage love. This book reminds readers that teens are so much more than their feelings. They are thinking, feeling, and capable individuals that can handle tough situations. Growing up is not for the faint of heart and is a challenge that every person has to tackle.
Pre-order this gem! For real! It is one of the cutest, most feel good reads I've encountered this year. My heart felt happy and content as I closed the book. I fell in love with Emmy and Oliver's story, and I know you will too!
If this book came with a warning label, it would look a lot like this:
WARNING: This book will make you want to take up surfing and take part in nostalgic teenage angst and passion.
I gave this book 5 stars.