Title: Emmy and Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
Published: June 23, 2015
Hardcover: 352 pages
Emmy and Oliver have been good friends their entire life. They live next door to each other, their mothers are best friends, and they were even born on the same day. In second grade, tragedy strikes when Oliver is kidnapped by his father and is never heard from again. Ten years later, Oliver is found! This book explores the journey of Oliver returning home. It shines an interesting perspective on kidnapping and shows the challenges of rebuilding a friendship that was lost and now found.
I am not including the Goodreads Summary in this review for a good reason. I think it gives you a little too much information. So stay away from the summary on the book!
I really, really enjoyed this book! I felt it was a little slow to begin. This has been a thing lately in my reading. ALL the books I have read lately have started out slow. So it may just be me and my reading mood. I fell in love with the characters right away, especially Oliver and Emmy. I thought they were both so sweet. I loved to see how their relationship developed and how they learned to build back their friendship.
Things I LOVED About This Book
- I loved the family dynamics in this book. Family was a huge theme in this book. The parents were very present in the book and it was very refreshing.
-One theme that is very central to the story is communication. The characters all struggle with communication barriers and it was frustrating to read about at times, but it made the story very real.
-I loved the interesting perspective that this story presented. It allows you to see a side of kidnapping that was unexpected and intriguing.
- The ending was beautiful! I was worried that I was not going to like the ending. I really enjoyed the direction the author went with the characters and I was extremely satisfied with the ending.
Things I Did NOT Love
- Nothing really stood out as bad to me in this book.
If I had to pick something it would be that the book started out a little slow.
My Favorite Quotes:
"The more you start to love someone, the more you ache when they're gone, and maybe it's that middle ground that hurts the most, when you can see them and still not feel like you're near enough."
"Sometimes loves isn't something say, it's something you do."
"An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you're shaking."
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