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?
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway quickly became one of my favourite reads of 2015, which is rare for a contemporary to be considered a personal favourite of mine. I read it in the span of two days – although to be honest I probably could have read it in one day – my curiosity was peaked at the premise. Childhood friends Emmy and Oliver have a second chance at friendship when he returns home after being missing for the last ten years. I wanted to know why Oliver was taken and how things would progress once he returned home.
The story raises the obvious questions like:
What would have happened had Oliver not been taken?
What has his kidnapping done to him personally?
While all my questions were answered I will admit that I was hoping for a bit more.. “darkness” to be brought into the story, the opportunity was there, but sadly it remained in the realms of the typical contemporary. Despite that minor complaint I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Benway wrote a set of believable characters, Emmy is your average teenager with overprotective parents and Oliver can even be classified as the boy next door.
Being the type to avoid most contemporaries because of their tendency to be predictable and my preference to read books that allow me an escape from reality, Emmy and Oliver is definitely a book I would consider reading again! I’d even go as far as to say I may just need to add this to my shelf and buy a physical copy.