Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

tumblr_n6hno2qIxr1sfxmouo1_500Emmy & Oliver

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My Ratings : 3 stars

352 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by HarperTeen
Genre : YA Contemporary, Romance

About this Book :

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?

My Review:

Read the first line of the blurb. That’s the storyline in a sentence. Oliver gets kidapped by his own father (I found the concept interesting and that is the main reason I even read this book), he comes back and the whole book revolves around that.

There are parts of flashback of the friendship between Emmy (our protagonist) and Oliver. And lots of emotions of how Emmy wants Oliver to come back and when he does…. it isn’t like she expected it to be. (or so she says). I don’t read many best-friend romances, I just find them cliche and that is exactly what this book was, a damn cliche (apart from the whole kidnapping thing). Emmy is a nice sweet girl who likes surfing (in secret), she the good daughter who never breaks the curfew and cares a lot about her parents. She has a gay best friend and a female rebel friend. Sound familiar? That’s like every YA book ever written. same damn story with just a few things changed. The characters are so unoriginal and mainstream, the story already explained in the blurb, so why would you want to read this book?

To experience it. This book may have its faults but it’s nothing if not enjoyable. Emmy’s sassy comebacks, Oliver’s cuteness, the writing it’s incredible and you HAVE to read it to know. Also, it’s a quick read for when you’re in the mood for something light and sweet.

It’s a coming to age story of Emmy and Oliver but honestly I wanted to know more about Drew and Caroline’s life and their troubles. Reading about Oliver’s confusion, pain and struggle did affect me. His dad kidnapped him but that doesn’t make Oliver miss him any less and he has been away from her mom and this town for ten years. They’re almost like strangers to him. And Emmy, her life hasn’t been lest unaffected as well. When the little boy next door is kidnapped, parents go into overdrive trying to protect their  own child, not knowing that they’re smothering her. Then there’s the fact about their friendship. Emmy remembers all the little stuff because she has been holding on to the hope that Oliver will come back. But the Oliver that came back isn’t the same as the one that was gone. People change. And yet there’s this perfect love story balancing somewhere between the pages. I liked this book, but it wasn’t AWESOME or AMAZING. It was sweet. And if you want to read something like that, pick it up.

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