ARC Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

13132816Title: Emmy & Oliver

Author: Robin Benway

Publication date: June 23, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 352

Source: ARC from the publisher (Thank you, HarperCollins!)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store



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.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

At first glance, Emmy & Oliver seems like a wonderful book. Its storyline showed a lot of promise, and it’s a contemporary that I believed I would love. Sadly, however, I did not finish reading the book. I looked forward to it so much but it turned out to be a let down for me. I wasn’t able to connect with the story and the characters. There was no thrill, nothing interesting to keep my attention. I didn’t feel anything while I was reading it.

With a lot of people loving Emmy & Oliver, I felt like the odd one out. It came to a point that I questioned if something was wrong with me. Emmy & Oliver is contemporary. And being a contemporary fangirl, aren’t I supposed to like it even just a little? But I’m really sorry to say that Emmy & Oliver did not work for me. 😦

I do not mean offense to anyone. This is review is just my sincere personal opinion. To those who have this book in their TBR pile, I encourage you to still give it a try. Emmy & Oliver might not be for me, but it could be your next favorite book.








KMR in PH! [Recap + Giveaway]

My contemporary fangirl heart exploded with joy when National Book Store announced that Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider were coming to the Philippines for a book signing event. Charged with excitement, my blogger friends and I attended a special Q&A with the authors last July 5th.

Book signing stage

As we waited for Katie, Melissa, and Robyn to arrive, we mingled and caught up with each other, talking about books and anything under the sun. The three authors soon entered the venue, and we all went into serious fangirl mode. My heart drummed with elation when I saw Robyn Schneider! She’s like the brightest sunshine ever–so bubbly and adorable. 🙂


The Q&A was a lot of fun! Here are some interesting bits that I have gathered:

*Melissa would love to do historical fiction.

*Katie started How to Love at the age of 16.

*Katie kind of fell into young adult.

*Melissa said that it’s important to figure out a process that works for you.

*All of Robyn’s leading guys are portraits of herself.

*Melissa loves writing romance.

*Writing contemporary helps Katie to understand the world.

*Robyn loves writing pop culture references.

*Katie’s 3rd book is an untitled tragic romance coming out in Spring 2016. It’s a a pop star book set in the 1990s and has a star-crossed romance!

*Robyn tries to be honest. She writes normal.

*Robyn hates hash tags. #IHateHashTags

You may listen to full audio recording of the Q&A here.

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KMR! 🙂

Katie, Melissa, and Robyn were all wonderful! I enjoyed chatting with them as they signed my books. Robyn was so delighted to see my well-loved copy of The Beginning of Everything with sticky notes of my favorite quotes and my thoughts about the story. She also gave me writing advice, which I will forever keep in mind. Here it goes: “Write the book you want to send to your sixteen year-old self.” I was completely blown away with it! Words like that mean so much to me, and I’m beyond grateful that I have met (and hugged!) Robyn Schneider in person. She is truly an inspiration!

Author hug_Robyn

With Robyn!


PH YA Book Bloggers with Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider! Photo courtesy of National Book Store. 🙂

With the authors

With Katie, Melissa, and Robyn. ❤

The public signing followed at 2 p.m. at the Grand Atrium in Shangri-La Plaza. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go there because I had tasks to do at home. But based on the pictures I saw on Twitter and Instagram, it was evident that everyone enjoyed!

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Signed books!


Ezra quote

My favorite quote from The Beginning of Everything. ❤

Thank you very much to the fantastic National Book Store for bringing Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider to the Philippines! I had an amazing time at the signing! To Katie, Melissa, and Robyn, I hope you ladies would visit the country again one day. 🙂


I’m giving away three (3) bookmarks signed by Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider to one (1) lucky bookworm!


The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. 🙂

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