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Review: Emmy & Oliver – Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Pages: 352 Pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Harper Teen (Harper Collins), June 2015


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Overall Rating: 3.5/5


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?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story. (Goodreads)

I found that this story was really compelling. The main characters’ interactions are very heartfelt, I’m not sure how to say it. It just felt like a very real and raw coming-of-age love story. It’s about how two people fall back together, it’s about how teenagers learn about themselves, it’s about learning how to love your family. I love the strong family aspect of this book as well.

Although the characters, especially Emmy & Oliver, are really sincere and cute. I found myself not really believing in their romance. It felt a little insta-lovey, and not in a good way. I couldn’t really tell they had a true connection, aside from the fact that it was stated that they had a connection. I just didn’t felt the chemistry between the two.
Although I enjoyed the story, it felt very anti-climatic to me. If you asked me to retell you the story and of events that took place, there wouldn’t be much to say.
I think that the part that was the most worrisome to me was the plot. Although it had a unique premise, the way it was executed made it seem like any other YA book. I just was a little underwhelmed with the lack of imagination that could have made the plot flourish into a unique being.

Plot: 3/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Writing Style: 4/5

Overall: 3.5/5

Final Thoughts
I really did enjoy this book while I read it. It was a very quick read, I finished it in 3 hours. Although it was enjoyable, I am giving it a lower rating because I felt like it didn’t have the WOW factor. I liked the characters, but not enough to feel attached to them. I liked the plot, but I didn’t feel emotionally invested in it. I felt like it was a nice, light read, but nothing more. I found that some scenes were very heart-warming, but it wasn’t enough to really move me.
Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this book, but just not enough/as much as I wish I did.
Overall, it’s definitely a cute light contemporary read. I would recommend this book to you if you are looking for a decent read with a strong family theme + a coming of age romance.

If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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