Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway Review


Title: Emmy & Oliver

Author: Robin Benway
Publisher:  HarperTeen

Format: eBook
Publication Date: June 23, 2015

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

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.


So I have to give Emmy & Oliver credit, because this wasn’t your standard coming of age story. In fact if anything the love story felt secondary to everything else that was happening to Oliver. I thought the way the author handled this potentially delicate situation was perfect. She did a fantastic job showing how Oliver is torn between two parents, and I think that his emotions would absolutely be valid in the real world.

This story is told from Emmy’s perspective, but she handles Oliver and all that he’s going through with extreme grace. I also thought it was interesting how the author showed how other kids who were around Oliver might be affected by his disappearance. As a parent, I can absolutely understand their desire to keep their child safe and while I can admit they went overboard I think that Emmy did a pretty good job of being understanding. This book was incredibly well written and the subject matter was handled appropriately. There were a few moments of teenage immaturity that I found annoying especially for kids in such precarious positions. Overall, I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend for fans of Young Adult, Romance, and Contemporary


3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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