Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (Review)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: 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?

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

My thoughts: Emmy and Oliver have been best friends since they were babies. That was until Oliver was kidnapped by his father for ten years. So when Oliver appears back in Emmy’s life again, she hopes to pick up where they left off those ten years ago. That is until both Emmy and Oliver realize that they have both changed tremendously over the years, forcing them to get to know each other all over again. Emmy secretly adores surfing despite the fact that her overprotective parents that would panic if they knew she was riding waves in her free time. Oliver, despite what his father did, still believes that his dad is a good person. Together they grow as characters thanks to their intertwined past that becomes the major plot point in this contemporary story that will grip your attention the last page.

I never expected this story to be as light and fluffy as it was considering the summary made it seem as though this book would be full of heartbreak. Instead I fell in love with all the unique and quirky characters that made me smile while reading this book I couldn’t put down. I especially enjoyed the various friendships that were closely knit and hilarious to read thanks to the endless amounts of banter thrown back and forth. Emmy was so incredibly funny because of her witty character that offered humor during tense moments in the story. Reading from her point of view was so refreshing and fun to read about.

Another aspect of the book I loved was the relationship between Emmy and Oliver. They had such a supportive and positive relationship that never wavered no matter what they went through. Emmy and Oliver both pushed each other to be the best versions of themselves and to face the situations they were fearful of. The budding love that grew throughout the story was so lovely and made me happy to see them grow closer together. They have to be one of my most favorite relationships I’ve read about this year because it was so healthy and happy even if Oliver was dealing with his past with his father.

I highly recommend this contemporary novel because it was such a sweet story to read and wrapped up so nicely. No questions were left unanswered and every character got their own happy ending they all deserved. I couldn’t think of one thing I’d add to this story to change it.

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–  Olivia

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2 thoughts on “Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (Review)

  1. The relationship between Emmy and Oliver sound delightful! Glad that it has a lighter feel despite the tough subject it focuses on- I actually prefer breezy reads haha.

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