Publisher: 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.