Book Review: Emmy & Oliver
Release Date: 6/23/15
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: ARC from publisher
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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?
If I could give Emmy & Oliver 6 stars, I would. I loved every bit of this book THAT much. It was slow in the best way; it made me feel every emotion. The whole book I was just like
Robin Benway does like, everything right, but what I fell in love with way back in Audrey, Wait! was the dialogue. HOLY TAYLOR SWIFT the dialogue between every character in Emmy & Oliver was next level witty and hilarious and insightful. Reading the synopsis, you’d think that it’d be heavy, and of course, there were sensitive moments where I ached for the characters – especially Oliver, but those feelings were balanced out with the impressive dialogue that sent me from crying to laughing in seconds.
Of course the natural progression of The Romance was ADORABLE, BEAUTIFUL, ETC. but it was really the friendship that stole the show. Friendship was a Big Deal in this book and it was delightful. Emmy may be the MC but every single other character is so developed, from Emmy’s BFFs Caro and Drew, to her parents, to Oliver’s parents (and his sisters! omg). The friendship between Emmy, Caro, and Drew was everything; they were accepting, understanding, and patient. The way Oliver was such a missing chunk of them all for ten years bonded them (including Oliver later) in such a unique way and it was done PERFECTLY.
I’m trying to think of something I didn’t like about the beautiful, bittersweet Emmy & Oliver and coming up with absolutely zero. IF YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE THE HEARTS-IN-EYES EMOJI, I WILL GIVE YOU YOUR MONEY BACK*
Robin Benway fan 4lyfe.
*no I won’t so good thing it won’t happen.