on June 23, 2015
Also by this author: Audrey, Wait!, Far from the Tree
Narrator: Phoebe Strole
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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.
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway was a surprisingly fun book. With such a hard topic, I was expecting the book to be a little darker, but that really wasn’t the case at all.
Emmy and Oliver were childhood friends until Oliver’s dad kidnapped him when he was 7. Oliver is finally found 10 years later and the book focuses on the aftermath.
All the characters in the book were likeable. Emmy was a endearing main character. She was smart and witty. I adored her group of friends. Caro and Drew were so funny. I loved all their banter.
The romance between Emmy and Oliver felt natural. They were sweet together. I think their relationship worked well, but I did feel like I could’ve gotten to know Oliver a bit better. I also found Emmy’s lack of understanding when it came to Oliver’s feelings about his dad a little irritating. Sure, it was complicated but she wasn’t very supportive.
Oliver’s disappearance effected everyone. Emmy’s parents became super overprotective. They drove me insane. I understand that Oliver’s disappearance was hard on them, but come on! Plus, it annoyed me that it took so long for Emmy to stand up to them.
Emmy & Oliver was narrated by Phoebe Strole. I think she did an amazing job bringing the story to life. Overall, I enjoyed the book. I was really happy with the way things ended. It was a nice contemporary read.