{ARC Review} Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Posted June 18, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 4 Comments

{ARC Review} Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver

by Robin Benway
Published on June 23rd 2015
by HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Also by this author: Emmy & Oliver

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.

4 Stars

I first found out about this novel on Edelweiss and I skipped it back then because it didn’t seem like anything special. But then I started hearing things from friends and it was nothing but praise. I absolutely had to read this book, so I went back to Edelweiss and got my review copy and I buddy read it with Nick and here I am now. And I loved it!

Emmy and Oliver were best friends until, ten years ago, Oliver was kidnapped by his dad. Now he has returned after all this time and things are different. Emmy’s parents are very strict since Oliver’s disappearance and Oliver had thought his dad was the good buy all these years. He never knew that it was his dad who kidnapped him. When he discovered, he returned to his hometown and his mom seems to treat him like the boy he was ten years ago. Are Emmy and Oliver still the friends they used to be or maybe more? Or nothing at all?

If you’re looking for a contemporary novel full of drama, this one is not for you. I get that the blurb may make it sound like that, but it’s really not. It’s a very quiet story. Just these kids going about their every day. And you know, trying to get over the trauma of the past ten years. I really liked that and I read it in a couple of hours. It was very sweet and touching and very well-written. The romance was also very cute and perfectly paced.

The characters and the dialogue are the best thing about this book. I loved Emmy, Oliver, Caro and Drew. They were so great! Emmy and Oliver were perfect together, Caro was a great friend and Drew was so adorable! What did bring this book down a bit were the parents. I didn’t like how they acted. I get it in a way, I really do, but it was just too much and I was so frustrated reading about them!

In the end I would say that Emmy & Oliver is a very good and cute story perfect to read on a lazy summer afternoon. And thus, I recommend it to fans of contemporary who are looking for just that.



About Robin Benway

I’m the author of “Audrey, Wait!”, “The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June”, and the AKA series. My latest book “Emmy & Oliver” will be released on June 23, 2015. I live in Los Angeles with my extremely stubborn shih tzu, Hudson. I like cooking, puppies, and coffee, but not in that order. We should be friends.

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