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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway [Book Review]

Title: Robin & Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Received from Publisher for honest review. 
Release Date: June 23, 2015

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. 

This was one book that I was very excited for. I have read Robin Benway before and I know that she has talent, but this was incredible. I am so upset that I didn't think of this plot. It is THAT good.

Oliver was taken from his home at a young age and kidnapped by his father. His mother and the people of the town have spent the past decade searching for him and then one day he is there. Emmy has lived her life as the neighbor of the boy who disappeared, and as a result her family had to see first hand the struggle his mother went through.

Emmy spends her time as a victim to an event which she had no control of, because of Oliver's disappearance her freedom was restricted... which though understandable, leads to secrets she is forced to keep from her family.

These two coming together creates a beautiful, beautiful story full of recovery for those who left and those who stayed.

Oliver was a fantastic character, and he had a lot of depth that kept me glued to his story. He is pulled between the father who raised him and the mother he barely knows. His story is heartbreaking because as a young boy his emotions are so torn and his confusion is evident.

Emmy was wonderful, resilient, and strong. She grew up having to see her best friend disappear. His memory and the person he has become is a constant reminder to her and they had moments in this book which made me feel the tears and all of the emotions they shared.

I loved the way it ended, and I would have loved to spend more time with Emmy & Oliver. The friend's depicted in this novel were a nice addition and I loved the relationship that they all shared together as a unit coming back together.

Overall: In short, this book is a great novel about friendship and its resilience, as well as love and learning to trust again. If you're a contemporary fan, don't miss this one.


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