Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
The Skinny: 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? -From Goodreads
BFF?: I had a slightly hard time with Emmy. Oh, I liked her, don’t get me wrong. I thought she was kind and caring, a true friend through and through. But the whole thing with her parents… I just didn’t “get” it. I understood the need for rebelling against their strict rules, because those rules were kind of ridiculous (although well founded), but didn’t understand Emmy’s sneaking around. Other than the surfing, I just found it odd that she didn’t have enough backbone when it came to her parents because she seemed to have one in every other part of her life.
Readability: Definitely well written, easy to get into and I loved finding myself wrapped up in the story!
Crush Level: 5
I’m sure you’re looking at that 5 and scratching your head. Oliver was really sweet and I liked him a whole lot, but I think I didn’t see him so much as a crush-worthy object as much as I saw him as the sweet little brother of a friend. Who had something really awful happen to him so I felt bad for him and his situation. However, my friend’s little brother sure did get cute! I loved seeing him and Emmy together, watching their friendship bloom again.
There’s nothing America loves more than a sensational story, and I loved seeing it unfold within this book. After Oliver is kidnapped, we get to see all the effects that has on the people left in his life. It was almost heartbreaking seeing all of the reporters badgering the families, the way they had to adjust their lives and completely change outlooks and attitudes.
Commencement Speech: I really loved reading this one! It was adorable, deep without being drowning, and just a fun, sweet read! While the plot had the potential to be over the top or overdone, I felt it didn’t go there. Instead we were left with true characters who had ups and downs, happiness and sadness, and hope for a happy ending. Even the most dramatic scenes didn’t leave you feeling overwhelmed, which I appreciated. Overall great book and the perfect summer (or any time really) read!
Yearbook Quote: None! ARC!
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