Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on March 31st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it's never too late for second chances.
It's been a year since it happened-when Paige Hancock's first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school. . .and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her-the perfect way to convince everyone she's back to normal. Next: Join a club-simple, it's high school after all. But when Ryan's sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
The first thought I had when I finished reading this book: OMGOMGOMG *SWOOOONS*
HAHA. I have honestly never read any of Emery Lord’s contemporary books before and I only bought (or rather le boy bought for me) this book because of its story line. I know what it feels like to lose a boyfriend to the clutches of death. To get That Look from literally everyone for a few years. To be afraid to move on, afraid that you would taint his memories. And that’s what this book was about. Paige Hancock became The Girl Whose Boyfriend Died and she never managed to move forward. So after a few months, and the starting of a new semester, she decided to do just that. So she made a plan. To fall in love (preferably with old crush, Ryan Chase). To travel. But things didn’t really go according to plan when Ryan’s nerdy cousin, Max, transferred to their school.
I have to admit that at the start, especially during the Ryan Chase moments, Paige was quite unlikeable. I guess it was because she really wanted Ryan to like her, but some of her thoughts made me go “ERMAGOD GIRL.” But what I really loved about his book, besides the uber-cute romance, is the fact that it focuses on solid friendships. Anything that happened in this book would lead back to friendships. And I really adore these kinds of books. I think what I actually took from this book is the fact that best friends will ALWAYS be there even when everything falls apart.
And the romance. It’s too cute, too nerdy, my kind of romance HAHA. And trust me, Max is REALLY a nerd. Not the hot kind that everyone always portrays. But the super cute and handsome behind his geeky specs kind, and with his awkward humor, that made me fall for his character with every turn of the page. I really enjoyed this book. I laughed and yes, I cried. There were some moments when I had to bite my lips to keep from bawling my eyes out
If you’re looking for a fun but heart melting summer read, you should get this book. Like really, READ IT GUYS. And with that, I’m really considering buying Emery Lord’s first book. 😉