In Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Posted August 28, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin BenwayEmmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC, 342 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


In Review My Thoughts

My god. This book, y’all. Why didn’t you tell me to read it sooner? (Ok, ok… I’m sure you did. I’m just stubborn.) I’m kicking myself for letting it sit on my shelves this long without picking it up. A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who voted for it in my TBR List poll for August. Thanks to you, I have a new book to add to my “most favoritest” shelves.

Books like Emmy & Oliver are why, despite rapidly approaching an age I’m not quite ready to talk about yet, I still enjoy reading YA contemporary. Everything about it was just plain magical. I read it cover to cover in pretty much one sitting by the pool. It gave my feels feels. I fell in love with Emmy, Oliver, Caro and Drew. These characters were so real. The friendships were top notch and true. There was loads of humor and heart and I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. I’m pretty sure I read about 95% of this book with a huge, cheesy grin on my face… even if sometimes there were tears in my eyes, too.

I’m not even sure what else I can say to try to do this book justice, to be honest. It was beautiful and real and raw. I loved the friendships and the romance. Especially the romance because, let’s be real, there’s nothing better than a friends turned more love story. Except, maybe in this case, where it was also a second chance of sorts. It’s a crime Emmy and Oliver were separated for as long as they were. (Wow. Poor choice of words, because you know, kidnapping… but you know what I mean. Ha!) Reading along as they were reunited and started to get to know each other again did things to my heart. I loved how the characters grew and found themselves, all while finding something special in each other. And that last chapter? Holy perfection. I swear, I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about it.

If you’re like me and you’ve not yet picked this one up yet, do it soon. This one is definitely going on my “to be reread” pile.

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The only way I could describe what kissing him felt like was, like the last day of school, knowing that months of freedom and sunshine lay before you, the feeling that you could do anything you wanted and time stretched out in endless possibilities.

Sometimes there just aren’t enough words to fill the crack in your heart.

The more you start to love someone, the more you ache when they’re gone, and maybe it’s that middle ground that hurts the most, when you can see them and still not feel like you’re near enough.


About Robin Benway

Robin Benway is the acclaimed author of the Also Known As series; Audrey, Wait!; and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June. Benway's books have been published in sixteen languages, have won international awards, and have been bestsellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and book publicist, she lives in Los Angeles.


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