AUTHOR: Robin Benway
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster Childrens (UK)
RELEASE DATE: July 16th 2015 (UK)
MY RATING: 4/5 stars
Oliver's absence split us wide open, dividing our neighborhood 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 feel like I don't have much to say about Emmy & Oliver, mostly because I enjoyed it a lot and I don't really have anything to complain about. Sorry if this review is pretty short!
Emmy and Oliver has just the right amount of drama and angst for me, along with a really cute romance and a very intriguing backstory. The plot is quite slow paced for the most part, with most of the conflict happening in the last 50 pages or so, but I enjoyed reading about the characters and the relationships forming between them so I never really felt bored whilst I was reading. I was really interested to find out about what happened to Oliver in his past and this made the story very compelling for me. Some of the side plots were less interesting than others, but I generally enjoyed the story.
I liked both Emmy and Oliver as characters, and I thought their relationship was really interesting and adorable. They both had realistic emotions and reactions to the situations they were in (especially Oliver. I can't even imagine what it would feel like to find out you were kidnapped by your own Dad!) which made them seem a lot more relatable and authentic. Their relationship also seemed pretty realistic and didn't move way too fast, which I definitely appreciated after all the insta-love I sometimes see in YA books. There were some side characters that I really enjoyed reading about too, namely Emmy's friends Caro and Drew. Overall, I thought the characters in this book and the relationships between them were very likable and interesting to read about.
I found Robin Benway's writing to be compelling and easy to read, although it didn't necessarily stand out from all the other writing style's I've read from. I'll definitely read more books by her in the future!
If you don't like contemporary romance books or angsty teenage relationships, this book might not be for you. If you do like those things, plus a good amount of emotion and likable characters, I definitely recommend you pick it up. I personally really enjoyed it, and I think it would make a great summer read.