Book Title: Emmy & Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Date Finished: April 7th 2018
Goodreads: 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?
I really did love this book. It was very character driven as opposed to plot driven; this was very refreshing for me. You really get to know Emmy and Oliver in depth, I felt as if I they were real people and I had been on their journey with them.
I really liked the friendship element of the story, not only between Emmy and Oliver, but also with Drew and Caro. I loved being able to read a story that didn’t focus on the negatives of teenage friendships, but just focused on the positives. It was so lovely to see how caring and understanding they were regarding Oliver’s disappearance.
Emmy’s parents were very overprotective because of what happened to Oliver when he was a child. I actually enjoyed reading about this parent/child relationship because usually in YA the parents are not very present. I was very understanding as to why the parents were very protective, but at the same time understood why Emmy wanted her freedom.
I loved the relationship between Emmy and Oliver. It was a very complex, yet so realistic. I was really rooting for them throughout the novel, I wanted them both to succeed and be happy. I really liked how the novel kept flipping back to memories they both shared when they were very young and reflecting on their childhood, and then returning to the present day.
Overall, I did enjoy this book and gave it 4 stars. The writing style was great, it was very easy to read. I read it in two sittings, but it’s definitely the type of book you could pick up and read in one. The language is beautifully chosen and I will definitly be picking up more of Robin Benway’s writing as soon as possible.
I hope you enjoyed this review, I would love to know your views on Emmy & Oliver if you have read it! Happy Monday x