Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

24733940How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Oliver’s absence split us wide open, dividing our neighborhood along a fault line strong enough to cause an earthquake. An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you’re shaking.
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. But now Oliver is back, and he’s not the skinny boy-next-door that used to be Emmy’s best friend. Now he’s the boy who got kidnapped. A stranger – a totally hot stranger! – with a whole history that Emmy knows nothing about.
But is their story still meant to be? Or are they like the pieces of two different puzzles – impossible to fit together?

200words (or less) review: I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Emmy & Oliver, to be honest it was one of those books that had ‘hype-alert’ stamped across it so I was a little hesitant, but I think Robin Benway deserves all the praise. It’s a well-executed book.

Oliver has returned. He was Emmy’s best friend. They were always together and on the day he got kidnapped he ticket the yes-box on a note that said: “Do you like Emmy?” Emmy’s kept it all this time. But can they pick up where they left off? Are they really meant to be?

What I enjoyed about this book is that Emmy and Oliver’s relationship is real. Oliver struggles with trying to fit into this small community, and the people who used to be his friends try and match him up with the boy that he used to be. Emmy’s (and Oliver’s) friends are really great characters with their own struggles and aren’t just there to act as fillers for the story. I felt like everything in this book happened for a reason.

Emmy & Oliver is both a sweet and honestly told story about two people who find each other (again).

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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