Emmy & Oliver

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Publication Date: June 23, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis:

Emmy’s entire life has been shaped by the day in second grade when her best friend disappeared. Since the day Oliver’s dad abducted him, Emmy’s lived by her parents’ strict rules. She’s probably the only seventeen-year-old with a nine o’clock curfew.

Emmy gets her parents fears, but she wants to be independent. She wants to go away to college, to surf and to stay out late. None of that will happen if she can’t convince her parents to move on from what happened ten years ago.

Then, Oliver is found. Emmy’s excited to be reunited with Oliver. She’s been waiting for this day for years. But it’s different from what Emmy expected. While she has always felt close to Oliver, he barely remembers their friendship. He didn’t even know he was missing.

As Emmy helps Oliver reconnect with his past, she hopes they’ll find the friendship they lost all those years ago.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I loved the friendships going on in this book. First, there was Emmy and her best friend Caro. The dialogue between the two girls was hilarious. It reminded me so much of the conversations I had with my best friend when I was a teenager.

Second, there was Emmy and her gay best friend, Drew. The way the supported each other was cool. It didn’t matter if it was a problem with parents or a new crush, they were just there for each other.

Finally, there was the Emmy-Drew-Caro dynamic. That was my absolute favorite. They were just so funny. The things they say to each other! I about died laughing at the words “douche canoe.” (You’ll have to read it to get what I’m talking about! 😉 ) I wanted to be part of their pack.

Of course, I can’t leave out Emmy’s friendship with Oliver. It was so special. I loved how Emmy listened to Oliver and tried to understand what he was going through. I loved how she never gave up on his friendship — even when he had been gone for ten years. And Oliver’s support of Emmy’s dreams was awesome, too.

As for the actual abduction storyline, I thought it was really well done. All of the parents acted how I would have expected them to act in regards to their children and the situation. I loved how everything turned out in the end. I don’t think it could have been anymore perfect.

I absolutely adored Emmy & Oliver. It was truly a heartwarming read. It was one of those rare books I didn’t want to end. Emmy & Oliver will be going on my list of favorite YA books. I would highly recommend reading it.

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