{Review} Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Posted March 23, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 7 Comments

{Review} Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer

by Emery Lord
Published on April 15th 2014
by Walker Childrens
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Open Road Summer, The Start of Me and You, When We Collided, The Names They Gave Us

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

5 Stars

Why didn’t I read this sooner? Tell me why, because I have no other answer than that I’m stupid. I hereby humbly apologize to Emery Lord for not reading this book sooner. I could’ve been gushing about it for so long, but I didn’t read it when I first got my copy of it and I’m sorry for that. And I think I may have a new author to add to my favorites for contemporary.

Open Road Summer is about two best friends. Reagan and Dee. Dee is the famous country singer Lilah Montgomery and she’s going on tour where she’ll be the headliner for the first time and her best friend is joining her the whole summer. Both are nursing a broken heart. The last thing Reagan expects is to find someone, but then Matt Finch joins the tour and things only get more interesting every state they visit.

I loved this book so much! It was so cute and sweet and filled with swoony goodness. After the slew of amazing but heartbreaking books I read I needed this kind of read. Light and fun and the perfect summer read (which I read before spring even started officially… Go me). This is not just a summer romance book, it’s also a road trip book and a friendship book! (And it teaches us to take the showbizz rumors with a giant grain of salt.)

The friendship between Dee and Reagan is as big a part of this story as the romance is and I loved that. They balanced each other out. I loved their friendship so much because it reminded me of me and my best friend. Though neither of us is a country star, unfortunately. Dee was such a sweet and delightful character and I loved her so much! She was the perfect friend for Reagan, who’s had a rough couple of years behind her. I loved Reagan’s tough exterior but she’s also very loyal and sweet when she wants to be. She’s a great friend to Dee too and I loved that!

The romance is almost too perfect for words. It builds slowly and when the first kiss was finally there, I just about melted in a puddle of swoon. Matt is such a great guy. He’s not a “bad boy”, he’s a genuinely nice and caring guy who’s also had a rough couple of years behind him and I loved his friendship with Dee. And honestly, who wouldn’t fall for a guy who writes songs for you. Come on! I even liked Lissa! And Reagan’s dad! And Brenda too, yes.

Open Road Summer is the perfect book to read on a hot summer day in the shade or on a cold winter evening snuggled up under a blanket. It’s cute, sweet, light, fun and has a great romance and an even better friendship. Highly recommended to fans of Kasie West and Kelly Oram! And everyone else.



About Emery Lord

Emery Lord is a 20-something Midwestern girl who writes stories about high school and best friends and weird families and the crushes that make you feel combustibly alive and also more awkward than you thought was possible. If you’re not sure how to pronounce Emery, try slurring the name “Emily,” and that will get you really close.

She lives in Cincinnati in a 100 year-old pink row house with her BFF/husband, a closet full of dresses, and lots of books. If karaoke-ing in grocery store aisles or guzzling coffee while impulse shopping were illegal, Emery would be writing her overemotional YA books from jail. Also, she makes up words sometimes. Like combustibly.

OPEN ROAD SUMMER, her first YA novel, is out now with Bloomsbury. Her second, The Start of Me & You, will be released March 31, 2015.

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7 responses to “{Review} Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

  1. Awww, this book sounds so wonderful. I’ve read a lot of reviews for it these past couple of weeks and there have been nothing but praise for this gem. Glad to see that you felt the same way, Bieke! 🙂 I really need to pop my Emery Lord cherry and see what the gushing is all about!

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