Review: Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

Posted July 4, 2015 in review / 1 Comment

Review: Emmy and Oliver by Robin BenwayEmmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Published by HarperCollins on June 23rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
Source: Edelweiss
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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?
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 had 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.
Readers who love Sarah Dessen will devour 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 received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book will make you laugh, cry, break your heart but it will also fix it back. So get ready lots and lots of tissues. I was first interested in this book, because it was about how Oliver was kidnapped by his own father. The story is about the time when he was found, the time when he lost ten years off his childhood, thanks to his father. What I loved about this book was that it showed that children are capable of unconditional love, no matter how bad a person is. And I’m not talking about love between a man and woman. It’s more of a child’s love to their parents. Oliver was kidnapped by his father, but at the same time, his father brought him up throughout that whole ten years. So imagine coming back to a place where everyone hated the one parent you actually loved.

You can feel all the emotions radiating from this book, and it’s pretty easy to read between the lines. Let me tell you what you will feel as you progressed through this book. You will feel like you just swallowed your emotions, reading with wide eyes at the way Oliver really felt. You will cry when he did. You will also cry when both Oliver and Emmy are finally happy. Basically, you will feel like a mess while reading this book.

Both Emmy and Oliver were once best friends, until the kidnapping happened. So this book is also about how Emmy had to cope with the fact that her best friend was taken away from her for ten years. She had to make him get to know her again, even her nickname Emmy instead of Emily. (My heart broke into a million pieces when I was reading that scene.) She also had to handle the fact that any time, she could lose Oliver again like she did ten years ago.

There was so much love going on in this book that I cried at literally every page. Love between Oliver and his parents. Love between Emmy and her parents. The ever-growing confusing love between Emmy and Oliver. And a chance at a fresh start. Yup, I’ve warned you guys. This book will break your heart into a thousand pieces, but it will mend it back together again. You’ll keep thinking of this book days after you finish reading it. And if you’re a parent, you’ll learn to love your child more than you thought you did.

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