Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway | Book Review

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Reading Group Rating: High School

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: 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.
Cover: This cover is simple, but I think it's really nice.  In the background is the ocean, which connects to Emmy and her surfing and that is how she and Oliver kind of reconnect when he comes back.  There is also a fingerprint heart, the focal point of the cover.  Oliver's fingerprint is what is used to find him and bring him pact to his mom and old hometown. 

My Review: I loved this story.  I thought it was absolutely fantastic.  The topic was incredibly interesting and makes you wonder how you would feel if you were Oliver and also if you were Emmy.  I mean you try to think of something that happened ten years ago and the person you were then, and then you wonder how you would be if it happened again or it undid itself.  And on such a huge scale as kidnapping?  
The book also used family as such a huge theme throughout it and how we don't always like our families or agree with our families methods, but they're still ours.  We don't chose them and they don't chose us so there must be a reason we were grouped together.  There are things that we hide from our families as well because we don't know how they'll react or we do know how they'll react and we don't want them to hurt.  It's a tricky balancing act trying to keep yourself and your family happy, but eventually you figure out that sometimes you have to be selfish.  Sometimes you have to do things for you because your family may be stuck with you for now, but you're stuck with you forever.  Emmy certainly figured that one out.
Another huge theme of this book is obviously friendship and the power of it.  Emmy was able to jump right back into her friendship with Oliver.  I mean, it was a little awkward at first, but not as awkward as it could have been and it moved on from that extremely quickly.  It'e kind of like when you hear a song again for the first time in years that was once your favorite.  You may stumble around the first verse, but you still know the chorus by heart, it comes back naturally like muscle memory.  Some friendships are just like that.  Those are the friends that you'll have forever.

Smile!  I'll talk to you soon!xxx

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