Emmy & OliverOliver was abducted by his father 10 years ago. Back then Emmy was his next door neighbor and best friend, and Emmy's parents would become the rock to which Oliver's mom would lean on over the years.
After a decade of searching, Oliver is found and brought back to his mother's house. Emmy has always kept Oliver in her heart, but she doesn't know if he'll even remember her. Emmy's parents have kept Oliver's disappearance in their anxieties-- a real example of a parent's worst nightmare.
Now, as Oliver begins to acclimate to his "new" surroundings, while also trying to reconcile what people are saying about his dad, he struggles to adjust.
You know what was unique about this book? It somehow was able to be cute and serious at the same time. I don't come across many books that are able to pull both of those feelings off, but Robin Benway has done it here.
I was super into this book and the adorableness of Emmy and Oliver's journey back to being friends again after so long. I could feel their pain, worries, awkwardness, and love permeating through the pages.
But this book was about way more than Emmy and Oliver. It was also about 2 families (the parents weren't MIA in this book), a friend group, and a community. I loved that all the characters were ALIVE, in the sense that I got to know them and got to see what made them tick. I particularly loved Emmy's friends-- Caro and Drew. They were kind of corny at times, but they made the book fun and kept it light.
The parents, well, I had a love/hate thing with them. I liked that there were involved parents in this book, but ughhhh the over protective-vibe was a little much for me. Oliver didn't get abducted by a stranger-- he was taken over a custody dispute-- so I really didn't get why Emmy's parents treated her so psychotically. And why she went along with it. I guess the rebel inside of me wanted her to have more backbone.
On the other hand, I was very happy with Oliver's mother and her new family's story. It felt genuine and complicated and flawed-- which I think is most realistic thing that Benway could have done.
OVERALL: It's cute and easy to read, but it's got those MOMENTS when it gets serious. I feel like all contemporary lovers should try this because it's not just fluff-- it's friendship and cute romance and family drama and major issues.
Date Published: 6/23/2015
How I got this book: Library
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My Rating: 4.5/5
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- Because I think it would do Emmy some good reading about how Emily was challenged to come out of her comfort zone.