Oliver's absence split us wide open, dividing our neighbourhood along a fault line strong enough to cause an earthquake. An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you're shaking.
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. But now Oliver is back, and he's not the skinny boy-next-door that used to be Emmy's best friend. Now he's the boy who got kidnapped. A stranger - a totally hot stranger! - with a whole history that Emmy knows nothing about.
But is their story still meant to be? Or are they like the pieces of two different puzzles - impossible to fit together?
I honestly don’t know what I think about Emmy and Oliver. I mean I enjoyed the book but I didn't think it was the best thing since sliced bread cha feel? A couple of months ago when I got the highlights catalogue from Simon and Schuster I saw this book and between the cover and the title, I immediately wanted it. A month passed and I hadn’t heard anything, so I figured I wouldn’t get it but then I got a package in the mail today and low and behold, it was Emmy and Oliver. I literally started it right away (maybe not literally, probably about half an hour after) and I finished it 7 hours later. It was a really easy read.
I enjoyed all of the characters, and I really liked the friendship aspect in there. I liked how Benway managed to incorporate some humour and light-heartedness in with the serious topics in the book. I thought Oliver was hilarious and Emmy wasn’t annoying and whiney like most YA characters are. I really like how it didn’t actually focus on their physical attributes; rather it focused on their character traits and who they were as a person. I also really enjoyed the relationship aspect of the book. This could possibly be a spoiler but I don’t think it is, in most YA novels, the characters usually get together, something big happens, they break up, they wallow for a bit and they get back together. That didn’t happen and it was so refreshing! Go Robin Benway for staying away from the norm!
I thought that the book was very fast paced, but at the same time nothing really happened. I remember when I got about 50 pages in and I thought “I have no idea what else could possibly happen”. I also felt like there was the feeling of a big build up for something big happening, and then it wasn’t really that big at all. I think it covered some interesting topics with the kidnapping, but it didn’t really go where I was expecting it to.
Overall, this was a great contemporary novel, a very light easy read with some great characters. Emmy and Oliver is a book that a lot of people could relate to in many different ways. From family troubles to high-school drama, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. It's like Eleanor & Park and Anna and the French Kiss had a baby and named it Emmy & Oliver.
I definitely recommend this for anyone who likes YA contemporary with real issues mixed in.
Book: 8.5/10 (Rating Scale)
Format: Paperback, 340 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
For Fans of: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Acquired from: Publisher
RRP: $19.99 AUD
**This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are entirely my own.
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