Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.If you hang around this blog much, or chat with me on the Twitter, you probably know that Contemporary YA is not my go-to genre. For me to actually pick up a contemp, it takes a lot of coaxing from people like you guys. So I'm incredibly happy that so many of you pushed me to read Emmy & Oliver. It was such a fantastic book!
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?
All of the characters are so endearing. The romance is on point, and just about the most adorable thing that exists in this world. Even though the storyline was a little heavy, the book never felt depressing. It was actually so laugh-out-loud funny. I loved how involved and present the families were in this book. It's so rare that parents are there, intelligent, and real. The banter between Emmy & Oliver was awesome, but so was the banter between all of the characters.
One of the things I loved the most was the friendship between Emmy and Caroline. I adored their friendship and just wanted to hug them both to death for it!!
*We interrupt this rambling to hear from the author, Robin Benway.*
"For me, one of the most important themes in EMMY & OLIVER is friendship. There's the friendship between Emmy and Oliver, of course, and the bond that they've shared even when Oliver was kidnapped by his father, but in the ten years between his disappearance and his arrival back home, Emmy also builds strong friendships with Drew and Caro.
I feel like in society, girls are expected to be enemies with one another, that there's this perception that there's only room for one heroine. For Caro and Emmy, though, I wanted to show two girls who are best friends and have each other's backs. Caro can't surf, but she shows up and encourages Emmy whenever she can. Caro is the youngest of six kids, which means she escapes to Emmy's house for some breathing room. They're two strong girls who can stand on their own but are better together. During a scene at a house party, Emmy and Caro tell Oliver about a boy who tried to compliment Emmy by saying, "You're not like other girls," and Emmy and Caro areso offended by that statement. Why wouldn't Emmy want to be like Caro, and vice versa? Girls are awesome! As Caro said, "More people should be like me!" and Emmy agrees wholeheartedly.
They do fight, though, because that's what friends do, and Emmy cares about Caro's friendship enough to admit when she's wrong. She can apologize. Neither of them are perfect, of course. No friendship is. But one of my favorite things about Caro and Emmy is the way they can tease and hurt and say sorry. They've been through good times and bad with one another, and they know how easily a friend can disappear. They won't let it happen again."
I love this!!
If you are one of the rare people who have yet to read Emmy & Oliver, you must read it immediately! Bow to my will. You will thank me later.
Links for EMMY & OLIVER:
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About Robin Benway:
I'm the author of "Audrey, Wait!", "The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June", and the AKA series. My new book "Emmy & Oliver" will be released on June 23, 2015. I live in Los Angeles with my extremely stubborn shih tzu, Hudson. I've gotten a lot better at cooking. I still love coffee. We should be friends.
Also, I never use this Goodreads account, so if you'd like to contact me, feel free to find more info at my website!
Links to Robin:
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