Thursday, August 6, 2015

ARC Review of "Emmy and Oliver"

Emmy and Oliver 
By Robin Benway 

Stars: 5 
Source: Edelweiss 
Release Date: June 23rd 2015 

It's been ten years since Emmy's best friend Oliver was kidnapped. Ripped away from his home, his family and friends, his life. 

Not a day has gone by that Emmy hasn't wondered what happened to him, where he was, if he was okay, if he ever thought about her. 

Now Oliver is back and Emmy doesn't know how to feel. She wishes things could go back to the way they used to be but she knows that's impossible. 

Oliver is trying to adjust to his new/old life and trying to cope with the fact that for ten years his own father lied to him and made him believe that his mother wanted nothing to do with him. 

This heartbreaking, emotional story will tug at your heart strings and leave you with tears running down your face, yet still hopeful and undoubtedly wanting more of Emmy and Oliver's incredible, unforgettable story. 


I had no idea what this book was about when I started it. In my mind it was a cute contemporary about two friends who fall for each other. 

Within the first chapter I was not only proven wrong by thinking it was nothing but a cute, fluffy, easy read but I was hooked. 

I need to know what happened to Oliver. 

I instantly knew exactly how Emmy felt, waiting years and years with no news, no clues as to what might have happened to him. 

Robin wrote so beautifully and so accurately that it was impossible not to feel every emotion that Emmy felt, to relive every memory, every nightmare.

And her parents, who were (understandably) overprotective, always needing to know where she was, who she was with and when she'd be home. You related to them, you understood their fears and their insecurities because you saw what Oliver's mother went through when he disappeared.    

Then there was Oliver, whose character was so raw and so complex I found myself doubting him being fictional. I could picture every single thing about him from his looks to his expressions to how he moved and walked. 

It was like being introduced to a complete stranger only to find out you've known this person your whole life. 

I hope I'm making sense here and not just rambling... 

In short, I fell hopelessly in love with this story and it's characters. 

Any book that can force me to ugly cry (it's a thing, google it.) is 5 stars in my book! 

Until next time,

In compliance with FTC guidelines I am disclosing that this book was given to me for free to review. 

My review is my honest opinion.

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