Friday, January 08, 2016

Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Friday, January 08, 2016
Emmy & Oliver
by Robin Benway
publisher: HarperTeen
pages: 352
genre: Young Adult | Romance | Contemporary 
published on: June 23, 2015

find on: Goodreads / Amazon

rating: 4 out of 5

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.
This book was honestly a tear in my heart. And although, it wasn't as emotional for me as it could be seen in the synopsis, I still enjoyed reading about their story and what the had to go through to get to where they were meant to be. 

I thought that the beginning was adorable and the writing style was very pleasing. *whispers* And so was the choice was names. 

The story of these two friends lovers was one that was great. A story you would like to hear on a bad day to make yourself feel happy again. I was not stunned to my seat or thrown into a river of heartache, but it was something that I liked reading. 

Oliver was kidnapped by his father when he was little and returns back home to his family and to Emily who has been waiting for his return. 

I loved the flashbacks that were fit into the story perfectly. I loved how subtle yet so important they all meant to the growth of Emmy and Oliver. I didn't have any problems with caring or connecting emotionally and mentally with the characters. I was comfortable with the pace of the overall books/romance. 

I loved the characters and the way they were first introduced into the story. Each and every personality had it's own place to fit in and bring the whole story together just like puzzle pieces would. 

Emmy & Oliver was fluid, lovely, and overall special in it's own way. I did feel at times that there could have been "more" to the story (see even I don't even know what I'm saying right now), a spark that for me, was just not there. BUT I am giving this book all the love it deserves.

tell me: have you read this book? what did you think about it?

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