Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

13132816Publisher: HarperTeen (June 23rd 2015)
Paperback: 342 pages
Source: ARC from EpicReads
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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?


Robin Benway novels have been on my radar since I read the Also Known As duology. I don’t know why I was anxious about Emmy & Oliiver because I absolutely adored the novel. It’s another book that made me crack up and left me emotionally crippled. Okay, not too crippled. But, just enough that I couldn’t stop thinking about the book for days after I finished it. It’s one of those books when you think of it it makes you grin like an idiot. I was so glad I was lucky enough to be able to pick this book up at yallwest.

I know it’s not supposed to be cute because of the terrible things that happen to Oliver, but it’s cute in the sense that I don’t know…it’s just cute. Yeah I don’t know how to explain it.

So I shipped Emmy & Oliver by the end of ‘the note.’ It’s obvious Emmy has this huge crush on Oliver when they were kids and is even encouraged by Drew and Caro, who were the ones that passed the note to Oliver. The only thing that sucked was that we didn’t get to see if they would be a couple because Oliver gets taken away by his dad. Which ends up making Emmy’s parents super protective despite the fact that they constantly joke and seem laid back. I can understand Emmy’s parents concern for their daughter because it was something they didn’t expect to happen. Like Oliver lived right next door and he got kidnapped by his dad. It’s scary, but that doesn’t stop Emmy from sneaking out and hit the beach to surf. And while I didn’t like seeing Emmy lied to her parents about her ambitions, it was interesting to see how everything changed when Oliver came back and how they had to adjust to life without him when he vanished.

While there is no Roux, I loved Drew and Caro. They both remind me of Roux. Like they’re channeling their Inner Roux or something. They snark and plan and ship Emmy with Oliver the moment Oliver returns. But, even though they’re snarky they do feel a bit uncomfortable about what to do with Oliver walking back into their lives. However, I’m glad they include Oliver. Oliver is just as snarky as they are.

This book was so much fun to read despite the fact that I felt sad how Oliver is taken away without notice.

Author: Jackie

0 Replies to “Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway”

  1. I can’t wait to start this one! I loved AUDREY, WAIT!, THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY AND JUNE, and ALSO KNOWN AS (although I didn’t get to read the second book…need to find a copy of that soon!), so I’m glad you liked this one 😀 Great review!

  2. I’ve never read anything by Robin Benway but I really want to read Emmy and Oliver! The premise of the novel sounds so heartwarming! I am so happy that you enjoyed it, Jackie! Awesome review!

  3. I’ve heard some really great things about this one and can’t wait to read it! It definitely sounds like a great book and what an intriguing premise.

  4. I have heard so many great things about this one! I have never read this author, but I will be reading this one for sure.

  5. Right? I wasn’t expecting it to be so cute and adorable, but it was, it was definitely balanced between the fun light moments with the emotionally charged one, so glad it was like that though, because oh it so needed it. And oh, I totally shipped them from the off, haha. I loved the emotional sides of things more though, because it was realistic, especially the way Oliver felt with his father. Definitely checking out that duology!

  6. I’ve been thinking of picking this up, glad to see you loved it so much! I like that it sounds cute but knows how to pull heartstrings too.
    Great review, Jackie!

  7. I really want an ARC of this book and just haven’t been able to track one down. So looking forward to this book though. Great review.

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