Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Book: Emmy & Oliver
Author: Robin BenwayGenre: YA-Romance, Fiction

Blurb: 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.



This was an amazing read. I got too tired of complicated YA romance books, that had to have something significantly “different” and this doze of normal helped me get un-tired. Things that you definitely need to look out for are witty conversations, humor and the trifecta (the awesome and loyal friendship that ties the three best friends). I would not go as far as to say that this is the best novel ever written, because I did  not find that to be the case, and if asked “Are you going to buy it?”, I might say no (read it on my cell-phone).

The author does not explore the relationship between the main couple as much as I hoped, the depth is lacking. I was also able to read the novel in about 9-10 hours so I kept feeling that everything was happening at once. Also the plot was interesting but it could have been better I feel. At some many places I went like:


But I have to say that this story reminded me of Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless. That is another novel that I would recommend if you haven’t read it yet, but if you have then I suggest you read this one. It isn’t as good, I have to say it. But it has got its good points (I’m telling you, the witty conversations are cool).

My Rating: 3.5



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