Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

June 25, 2015 Book, Reviews 6 ★★★★★

Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin BenwayEmmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen on June 23rd 2015
Source: Edelweiss
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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.

I absolutely loved this book from the very first sentence I read of it. My friend Gen from Latte Night Reviews was reading when she sent me a few messages where she was fangirling A LOT. As curiosity would have it, I thought of giving it a try. Best decision made.

Emmy was an awesome character with a sense of humor that we can appreciate in every moment of the book. She worried about her friends fiercely, including her childhood friend Oliver. She also stood up for herself by the end of the book and did everything she put her mind into. Emmy is the type of character that you can connect with and understand a lot. She loved surfing more than anything but was afraid of her overprotective parents ever discovering her stress-relief hobby. Ever since the disappearance of Oliver, her next-door neighbor, parents everywhere, specially hers, were extremely cautious with their kids. Emmy suffered from this with curfews, a lot of rules, and the sort. It was so weird to see myself into her shoes with that topic since my parents can be like that sometimes. But it’s also good because you know they care and that’s better than having uncaring parents, in the long run. Emmy was also hates the typical boy pick-up-line about how “she’s not like other girls,” saying that there’s plenty of girls like her and that it didn’t bother her, that it didn’t matter at all. You go girl!

The supporting characters in this book were not 2D and cardboard cutouts for show AT ALL. They actually contributed a lot to the story plot and character development of Emmy and Oliver. We have Emmy’s two best friends who show us the pain of having gone through Oliver’s kidnap. There’s Emmy’s and Oliver’s parents that show the struggle of having lots a kid and how it affects family and friends. And there’s the cute twins Oliver’s mom had when she remarried that are mega fun to read about and giggle at their occurrences.

What I enjoyed the most about this book was how realistic the kidnapping topic was discussed. It wasn’t a simple feat, that as soon as Oliver came home again everything would be all right. He went through a lot of trouble in school with students making fun of him, his mom not knowing who he was, the realization that he lived a lie most of his life, and the aftermath of his disappearance and return. It was all very brutal and it leaves you thinking a lot after reading the book. It made the story feel more realistic and not just another fiction story.

Now that ending, I cried at that ending even though it wasn’t sad. No one died, no one did stupid things, nothing. It was bittersweet and left me with the desire to have more to read of Emmy and Oliver. They both made a cute friendship and later a couple that was reconnecting after the possibility of never seeing each other again, even though they knew each other since they were newborns.

This book was impossibly beautiful. Thought-provoking, it makes you think about the future, the meaning of real friends and trusting in your family even if you think they won’t agree with you. The romance will have your toes curling and the humor will make you laugh out loud every time. Simply a wonderful book. Definitely have to try other books by this author.

Rating: 5 stars


Rating Report
Overall: 5
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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • Ok, now I’m compelled to go and buy this one hahah It sounds amazing. And I like Emmy already! I’m definitely in need of a thought-provoking book with some great character’s and a decent plot right now. So this one is definitely going on my TBR list.

    As always, lovely review, Jen!

    • jmmbookworm

      Woo that’s awesome <3 This is definitely the book for you 😉 If you have Edelweiss, I think it's still up for request if you're interested!

      And thanks for reading and commenting <3

  • shootingstarsmag

    Wow, five stars. That’s awesome. I’ve been reading really good things about this one. It sounds perfect for me!


  • Wow, this sounds so incredible poignant, yet hopefully and realistic. I’ve seen a few reviews for this one this week all singing it’s praises and your review has me excited to grab a copy too. I love well developed and hashed out characters, nothing like wooden characters to send a book spiraling downwards for me. Brilliant review Jen, can’t wait to grab a copy! <3

  • I just read another review on how wonderful this book is, and I love the sound of Emmy’s strong character! The kidnapping in it would definitely make me thinkand it sounds like it was very emotional. Lovely review Jennifer!

  • I’m looking forward to reading my copy next week. 🙂