Publisher: Walker (April 15th 2014)
Paperback: 342 pages
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Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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.
CHARACTERS: Oh my gosh! I LOVED Emery Lord’s characters. Like all of them…except of course the ones we’re supposed to hate. Even Reagan, who you’re supposed to dislike because she’s the “bad” girl and who does seem to have a reputation for doing drugs and has the word slut (she isn’t and if memory served me good, she isn’t called that in the book either) tattooed on her forehead she’s more than that. You can’t help, but want to root for her for trying to change for the better. I think I liked Reagan a lot because she reminded me of Regina from Once Upon a Time. They had a lot of problems, but I can’t hate Reagan for trying to change for the good. And that’s where Lilah (Dee) comes in. She’s the BFF you want to have and also down to earth despite the fame of being a country singer. Dee is the opposite of your usual loud BFF. She’s quiet – one who I can relate to more than Reagan – but it was so much fun reading about a different kind of BFF. I had a lot of fun reading this book. The road trip and the songs…I usually tend to skip the lyrics in novels when authors make their characters sing, but for some reason the lyrics for Open Road Summer pulled me in and made me want to listen to it for real.
ROMANCE: The romance wrecked me. I was enamored and captivated by the one and only Matt Finch. When I first saw Matt Finch pop up in my Twitter feed a couple of months before the book release date (I think it was a couple of months), I keep thinking who is this book boyfriend that everyone keeps talking about? Fast forward to June I can’t help but think why didn’t I read this sooner??? YOU CANNOT NOT LOVE HIM. YOU JUST CAN’T (sorry for the capslock!). He’s not one of those bad boys you’d usually get in contemporary YA novels. He’s actually nice. Like I’ll open the car door for you, even when you’re being a pain in the butt nice. He comes along with Lilah (Dee) and Reagan after Lilah’s scandal creates a stir and I absolutely loved his banter with Reagan. And it’s so obvious that the first song he writes is for Reagan, but like every other heroine Reagan doesn’t know that it’s obviously about her and that just frustrates you when you know it’s about her. But, yes I loved Matt and I loved the romance between Dee and her boyfriend. It was so heartbreaking and just made me want to hug my blanket tighter.
WRITING: I have to say that I have added Emery Lord to my automatic to buy list because I loved her writing. She can break my break my heart, heal it, and then break it again. It’s a vicious cycle, even though it took me a while to get into the book. But, when I did get in her writing sucked me in making me unable to get out of it until I was at the very last page of the book.