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!)

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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.

*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.









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