on April 15, 2014
Also by this author: The Start of Me and You
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
So I had the prefect first line for this review planned out within the first half of the book. Really, it was a good line, but now I don’t get to use it because I didn’t love the book like I wanted to.
I had high hopes for Open Road Summer. Lots of fellow contemporary lovers adored it so I thought I’d feel the same way. Nope. I did like it, but by the end of it Reagan’s actions just annoyed me.
Open Road Summer is about friendship and learning to trust again. It has a lot of great things going for it. A summer road trip feel, a feel good best friend relationship, and famous people. If I could’ve liked Reagan more I’m sure I would have loved the book. But alas…
I didn’t have much of a problem with Reagan at first. She has that tough girl exterior but I had hopes that it would get cracked. Her friendship with Dee was the best part of the book (and Dee was the best character in the book). That was really the only time you see a softer side of Reagan.
I enjoyed the romance aspects. It was maybe a tad too drawn out but it still kept me interested. Though, by the end of the book I was so disgusted with Reagan’s actions that it ruined it for me. I felt like she didn’t deserve Matt at all. She was immature, stubborn and careless with other people’s feelings. I kinda wanted to strangle her.
That sounds harsh but I honestly did enjoy most of the book. I just wanted to love it so much and obviously that didn’t happen. Don’t let my review put you off! Most people seem to really love Open Road Summer.