Title: Emmy & Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Original Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Goodreads Synopsis: 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?
My Mini Review
When I picked up Emmy & Oliver, I was 100% expecting a fluffy, predictable romance. While it was exactly that, it was also so much more.
This was the first novel that made me cry because of the romance itself. I stayed smiling, happy, and content through every page. I loved the mini flashbacks; they were more than my heart could take. I teared up during every single one. Emmy and Oliver’s relationship was a true, modern day fairy tale. If you are looking for a seriously sweet, coming-of-age teenage romance with no tragedies, like I was, this is the one. You will instantly fall in love with Emmy and automatically pine for Oliver the same way she does. You’ll also wish you had her awesome best friends, Drew and Caro!
While this wasn’t an unforgettable, hard-hitting, super emotional story– I found no fault in the beautiful writing, the pacing, the ending, nor the characters. I had to give it 5 stars.
The synopsis reminded me a tiny bit of the show “Finding Carter,” if you’ve ever seen it.
Dates Read: March 04-March 11, 2019
My Rating: 5 out of 5
My Favorite Quotes
“That’s when I first learned about true frustration, that wrenching ache when the thing that matters most to you barely makes a ripple in other people’s lives.”
“It was like a shutter went off in his own eyes so I could see the picture of the anger, the hurt, the embarrassment. It was a private viewing just for me, gone a second later when he blinked once more and his face smoothed back into its normal, passive shape.”
“There are conversations you have to have face-to-face, but others that require perpetual motion. Shoes scuffing, the crunch of fallen leaves, blades of grass whispering together keeping the other person from looking into your eyes and realizing that you don’t believe a word of what you’re saying.”
“He and Drew did the fist-bump thing. (I will never understand how so many guys always know how to do that. Is it genetic? Is it a talent carried on the Y chromosome?)“
“It’s easier to stop breathing than it is to stop thinking.”
“I don’t want to say the wrong thing, so I don’t say anything at all. That’s not the same as being a good listener.”
“I had a comeback on the tip of my tongue, but when he looked at me and smiled again, it melted away in my mouth, leaving nothing but a smile behind.”
“Sometimes, the things people don’t say are louder than the words that come out of their mouths.”
“I slipped off his lap so I could curl up against his side. He put his arm around me, like a hug, like a wing, like a home.“
“‘Wanting someone isn’t the same as loving them, though,’ he said. ‘You know? It doesn’t mean the same thing.'”
“I guess the more you start to love someone, the more you ache when they’re gone.”
“I just hugged him and didn’t say anything. There wasn’t anything to say. Sometimes there just aren’t enough words to fill the cracks in your heart.“