I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
on March 31, 2015
Also by this author: Open Road Summer
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.
Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
The Start of Me and You sounds fantastic, right? Best friends, nerdy boy, and a wounded girl. All those things usually add up to a great read, but unfortunately I didn’t love it like I wanted to.
Paige was a fun main character. She had a very close nit group of friends and that was probably my favorite part of the story. Emery Lord writes beautiful friendships. Both of Lord’s books have left me hoping for a spin off book about one of the side characters. I’ll keep my fingers crossed on that.
I really enjoyed the romance. I loved that they started out as such good friends. I do wish that it wouldn’t have taken quite so long for the romance to take off, but it did make for a good ending.
There were two things that kept me from completely loving the book. One, the dead boyfriend story line fell a little flat for me. Sure, it was a sad situation but it felt forced. Two, Paige was pretty snobby. She made several comments about nerds that just rubbed me the wrong way.
The Start of Me and You was a good read. While I didn’t love it, I’ll continue to read Emery Lord’s books. They’re nice summery read.