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Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway Book Review

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?
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 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.
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?
Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through 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 was so easily addicted to this story. I've read a few of Robin Benway's other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. They feel unique and I believe that they are. The concept of this book, I'm sure I read before reading it, but by the time I did start this book I'd forgotten. So it was both a nice surprise and one that made me all the more interested in the characters and plot. I really enjoyed the aftermath of Oliver's kidnapping and what it brings to the characters (I'd feel bad about saying that, but it's a fictional story and I found it made things interesting). When he returns you get to see all if it start to surface ad how the characters begin to adapt to these new conditions. Along with that to develop the plot there's also how Emmy wants something that's different then her parents have planned for her. She wants to go to a different college and she wants to surf, something they don't know about because she's sure they'd never let her continue doing it. I think her story is something you can relate to in part (most likely the college disagreement or upon an activity they deem to dangerous, rather than a kidnapped neighbor returning) and if you can't you can to her best friend Caro maybe.

The characters in this book were superb. Emmy's two best friends were quirky and funny, Caro comes from a big family and is a bit crazy. Drew is calm and collected, also the one Emmy surfs with, and he's just adorable. Emmy's humor and some of the banter she trades with her friends, parents, and Oliver actually made me laugh aloud or huff in amusement. I loved it. I loved all the characters, even the parents (who can sometimes be made out to be the bad guy) were portrayed really well. What else is there to say...I read this book very quickly and found it hard to put down because I got caught up in the story. I also really liked the vibe of the book, it made me feel happy. Ooh, and the romance was really sweet and lovely. I would also say this a more tame, new adult sort of book.  

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's a great contemporary read and I loved Emmy's humor. It's funny, it's sweet, it has some serious bits but nothing too very serious. In my opinion this is possible my favorite kind of contemporary, the kind that I can escape into without worrying about crying over a character's death or getting a bit torn up over a plot twist or something. It's fun, relatable, and puts me into a good mood. If you love contemporary I'd definitely recommend this. It's a great book that stands apart with Oliver & Emmy's story. I'm giving Emmy & Oliver 5 out of 5 flowers because I honestly really loved it.

Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.


  1. Yay for addicting reads and characters, I just love it when that happens! I will definitely have to add this to my TBR pile. Wonderful review!

  2. I'll be getting to this one next month and I can't wait to read it! So glad to hear you enjoyed it. :)

  3. I'm glad to see that you loved this one! I'm really excited to read it :)

    Great review!

  4. I love that cover (I'm a cover whore LOL)

  5. Wow this one does sound pretty amazing, I have a copy of it somewhere in my kindle. The cover is gorgeous though especially the font! Your review does have me intrigued now :) Wonderful review. <3 Benish| Feminist Reflections


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