Emmy & Oliver by Robin BenwayEmmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver

byRobin Benway

Hardcover | June 23, 2015

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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 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 had 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.

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will devour 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.

Robin Benway is the acclaimed author of the Also Known As series;Audrey, Wait!; andThe Extraordinary Secrets of April,May & June. Benway's books have been published in sixteen languages, have won international awards, and have been bestsellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and book publicist, she lives in Los Angeles.
Title:Emmy & OliverFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.13 inPublished:June 23, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062330594

ISBN - 13:9780062330598


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Really did enjoyed this book. The relationship between Emmy and Oliver is just so sweet. However, I think that the romance processed a little too fast. Seriously, Oliver had just came back after being kidnapped for ten years, and the next thing we know, him and Emmy are dating. But then I guess they have known each other since 1 day old, with the same birthday and everything. One aspect I really liked about Robin Benway's writing is that she made me laugh and have a smile on my face so much throughout the book. The humor in that book was wonderful, I really enjoyed it. It made me happy while reading it. Overall, it was a great read.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a new author to me but I am eager to read other releases When Oliver disappeared that day when he was seven, it affected more than just his family. Although it was known that Oliver's father had been the one who kidnapped him, all the parents clung tighter to their children, some never let go, smothering their children in fear that they too would disappear. After no word or sign of them for ten years, Oliver is all of a sudden home and everyone has to readjust to the boy coming home who is no longer the seven year old they all remember, but a stranger. His mother has remarried, with a new family that Oliver can't seem to fit into. His best friend Emmy, who lived next door with only the memories of their first seven years as best friends, has only one thing in her possession that was a reminder of him. This is Oliver's coming home story, of his trying to adapt to his new life that again feels like he was kidnapped, from his father this time, the only parent he had for the last ten years. He loves his father, has endless memories of their life together, yet hates the man who took him from his mother. From school he missed to the friends he had as a child, it's all new to him, it's like someone else's life. The group of four friends; Oliver, Emma, Caro and Drew became a triangle 10 years ago, they had a whole lot of memories and experience with just the three of them that he wasn't a part of. This is also Emmy's story and how her life changed the day Oliver disappeared. Her parents in fear suffocated her with the rules and limitations. Her whole life she accepted it but with Oliver's return, she no longer wanted to be the bird in the cage, she wanted freedom to make the choices she wanted to make, be who she wanted to be. And although this was the only life she had known, I could never imagine being that obedient and well behaved, I don't know how she didn't snap before then. She was just such a funny person, her way of conversation and thoughts was sometimes hilarious, she's a loyal and giving person, I would love to be her friend. While the main focus is the return of Oliver, there's so much more going on in this book. This is the first book of Robin Benway's that I have read and it won't be the last. I love her storytelling, it has an easy flow, the writing so compelling that you just have to keep reading. I love her characters, they are so real and a little flawed as we all are, but they are people I would love to know. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2015-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Staff Picks Review While the story itself is not very exciting, it's the characters who make this novel. There are no huge plot twists or suspenseful moments, but the relationships between both the teenage characters and the parents are what kept me reading. I enjoyed how they were real portrayals of teenagers. There was no manic pixie dream girl or brooding bad boy. They were regular kids, going through an extreme situation. The story has so much heart and you really find yourself rooting for the two young main characters. I'm not usually a fan of teen romance, or even of happy endings, but this one tugged at my heartstrings. If you want a light, feel-good read, this adorable story will not disappoint.
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching, realistic, and fun When they were seven-years-old, Emmy and Oliver were best friends. Then Oliver’s dad kidnapped him and he wasn’t heard from for ten years. Now, at seventeen, Oliver is returning home. So much has changed in the ten years he’s been gone and he has to struggle to fit in. Emmy is excited for her friend to finally come home. She’s grown up being overprotective parents and has been lying to them about surfing and wanting to go away for school. Oliver’s return isn’t easy but Emmy is determined to make it right. This book ended up being a lot lighter than I thought based on the premise. It really was a roller coaster of emotions while reading, up and down, up and up and huge down, laughing, squealing, gasping, crying, laughing again. It was a lot of fun. The book was told through Emmy’s POV and I really enjoyed her voice. It was clear that she was affected by Oliver’s disappearance but also trying to live her own life so many years later without having forgotten him. She had a great sense of humour that had me giggling at a lot of her comments and she just seemed like the type of character a reader could be friends with. I loved the dynamic between her and her two best friends, Drew and Caroline, and how it changed when Oliver returned. There was definite chemistry between Emmy and Oliver. It could have easily stayed a friendship and I would have been happy with that but it was nice to see them both leaning on each other and getting to know each other all over again. Oliver could open up to Emmy about how he was really feeling about being back, all the media attention, his fear of hurting his mother by not hating his dad. Emmy could tell Oliver her secrets like applying for college, surfing, her fear that her parents would never let her leave. Throw in more drama with Drew and Caroline, and I was loving it. Caroline was the youngest in a huge family and her parents basically ignored her. Drew’s parents seemed more concerned with money than accepting their son. The friendship between these four was a huge highlight. It was one of those rare books where I didn’t dislike any of the main characters. I really liked that the author showed Oliver’s return wasn’t easy. He couldn’t just slide back into town like he hadn’t been gone for ten years. Parents became protective over their children and with some it wore off after a while and with some it stayed. Oliver had to leave everything behind for a second time and start over. He somehow had to reconcile the image of his dad raising him and loving him with being a criminal. It wasn’t easy on anyone. The plot flowed really well. It made for an easy and fun read. It could go from serious to playful in an instant without it feeling abrupt, which was nice since that meant I stayed absorbed in the story. I thought the ending was really great, very touching and realistic, and I was so happy with how the whole book turned out. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-06-24

Editorial Reviews

“Emmy’s narration is smart and sassy, and the romance plot is satisfying... An unusual blend of a soulmate story, a melodramatic plot, and a realistic book about adjustment, growth, and change, this will please romance fans as well as pragmatic souls with a sentimental streak.”