Book Review: Emmy & Oliver

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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.

I guess the more you start to love someone, the more you ache when they’re gone, and maybe it’s that middle ground that hurts the most, when you can see them and still not feel like you’re near enough. So close and yet so far.

Some books make your heart feel extremely happy, and Emmy & Oliver was that book. I’m super glad that I read books, because if I didn’t, I would never have come across this beautiful gem of a book. I feel super content and glad to have read this heartwarming story of friendship, love, and loyalty.

Oliver was kidnapped by his father when he was seven, and his kidnapping has changed a lot of things for a lot of people in the neighbourhood. Everybody hoped for Oliver to be back, but they didn’t expect it, until he actually returns at seventeen. And it changes everything again. For Emmy, her friends, their families, and Oliver, of course.

This book. Lord. I just adored it. My last two reads weren’t as good as I wanted them to be, and then I picked this up, dubious. But I am so glad that I got to read it. It was such an amazing read, hilarious, heartfelt, totally unputdownable and a real tear-jerker.

Sometimes love isn’t something you say, it’s something you do.

I loved the plot of this book, and even though I had expected it to be heavy on romance, it was much more about friendships and families. Emmy’s and Oliver’s families are friends. Their mums are close to each other. They help each other when they’re in the clutch and console each other at the times of grief. Emmy has two BFFs, Caro and Drew, whom I totally adored, if I’m being honest. They’re friendship goals. I haven’t seen such healthy friendship, such camaraderie in books as I would like to, and that is why I loved this book more than I initially thought I would.

As a person whose parents constantly keep tabs on her (to the point that it becomes smothering), I could relate a lot to Emmy. I totally understood her struggles and her reasons to keep things from her parents the way she did.

The characters are all flawed, but good-hearted. I loved Emmy and her friends, and Oliver. Emmy is a mature, kind, sympathetic and a smart teenager and I am so happy that I read about such a character. She’s hilarious and complex and intelligent. The other characters also have their own stories, their struggles and their own crap to deal with. They feel real and you actually come to care about them. They’re not there just for the sake of being there.

I also loved the way the author handled certain situations. One of them was when the three friends – Emmy, Oliver and Caro- drive to a party and get drunk. I obviously didn’t want the characters to drive themselves home. I wanted to see how the characters would return home and I was glad to read one of the characters calling her sister at 2 am to drive them all safely. And also, there is some talk of safe-sex here and there.

So, it was a wonderful book that had so many things I loved, and also the book that made me fall in love with the fact that I read young adult books. And I love it. I would totally reread it. I think you guys should definitely read it if you already haven’t.

So, have you guys read this book? Did you like it? What were your thoughts about it? Share them in the comments below.

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