Open Road Summer by Emery LordOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer

byEmery Lord

Hardcover | June 14, 2016

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Taylor Swift meets Sarah Dessen in this emotional summer story of love, friendship,
and country music
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     After breaking up with her badnews boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. Her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of healing hearts and break-up ballads.
     But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.
     A fresh new voice in this growing genre, Emery Lord’s gorgeous debut hits all the right notes of contemporary romance.
EMERY LORD is the author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You. She lives in a pink row house in Cincinnati, with a husband, two rescue dogs, and a closet full of impractical shoes. Visit Emery online at www.emerylord.com and on Twitter at @emerylord.
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Title:Open Road SummerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.9 × 1 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:Bloomsbury Press AgencyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802736106

ISBN - 13:9780802736109

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book was okay. It was a sweet summer read and was well-written but the narrator was kind of rude
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) Super cute book! I love how the characters have so much sass and personality. Buy the book, and enjoy :)
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life This review is going to be so much gush. So. Much. Gush. I'd heard nothing but great things about Open Road Summer and more specifically about the ship. Which left me extremely excited to read about all the things. God, this book is just so right and adorable. The amount of book hugging as I was reading along was maybe a little creepy. But hell, it just had to be done. And that ship. I will go down with that ship. I don't think I've yet to require a sequel as much as I do now. Well really I require more Matt Finch. It's a necessity for my continued happiness. Reagan's BFF is Lilah Montgomery, a teenage country music star. So when she asks Reagan to come out on the road with her for her summer tour Reagan jumps on the chance. It's the perfect time to get away from her life and spend time traveling across the country with her best friend. So let's just get right into why I loved this book so so so much. Reagan and Dee's(Lilah) friendship. I easily ship both relationships in Open Road Summer. It's so rare to find such strong female friendships in YA. And this one is by far my favourite I've come across. They've known each other for years. Reagan was with Dee before she became a superstar. She was her best friend when Dee was awkward and friendless. So there's absolutely no jealously. They would take down the world for each other. Which is very apparent when some extremely photo shopped pictures of Dee get leaked. Reagan is not only there for Dee as she's extremely upset but she also knows the exact things to say and do to get Dee through it. She's also ready to destroy the world to get the images taken down. It's not just one way though, Dee has seen Reagan rebel and not make the best decisions over the years. Reagan's mom walking out on her and her dad when she was younger made a huge impact on her. But Dee brought along a much needed friendship as well as a second home. Dee's family is Reagan's family too. As individual people I loved Reagan and Dee, too. Reagan is very real, a little cynical, and knows how to get what she wants. But she's also realistic, witty and smart. Yes Dee is a Taylor Swift like superstar but she's so grounded. And so very sweet. She's all about privacy for her friends and family. She cares so much about every one around her and her young, impressionable fans. She handles being the spotlight like a pro. So when she does break down emotionally it totally gets you in the feels too. You must trust me when I say these girls and their friendship is one of the best out there in YA today. Than you have Matt Finch. What a babe. There is no way I can do this guy justice. But just think of this Levis wearing, guitar playing, sweet singing voiced, hair getting in the eyes, adorable guy. Got it? Now you have to pick up Open Road Summer because your imagination did not even get it close to right. I don't know where you came from Matt Finch but you've just pushed yourself right near the top of my fictional boyfriends list. I don't want to say to much about him because honestly you need read him and all his glory and come to understand why he's just perfect. He's not as famous as Dee but when he joins her on the road you see why he has a very loyal following. He is charming, sarcastic and so very sweet. Matt Finch's reasoning for joining the tour is to be there for Dee. He treats her like a sister. It's so loving and cute. Now this is one of the best ships. Ever. Reagan and Matt are freakin' ridiculously adorable. I don't think I've wanted two people to "just kiss already for God's sake" as much as I needed them to. The banter and flirting between them is so well done. I just can't even. Words fail me. They just needed to happen. They're so well suited for each other and just so good together. Give me more Reagan and Matt Finch, Emery Lord. GIVE ME! Everything about Open Road Summer is so fun. The writing and dialogue flows so easy and is packed full of personality. I think Lord does a fantastic job of painting a teenage star dealing with being in the public's eye and the crap the media constantly piles on these people's lives. It's always about the story. There's no care for what it could do to their life. So it just shows the importance of having trusting and loving people that care about you and your well being in your life. But that just doesn't come across with Dee and her relationships but with Reagan and her's and Matt and his. This book is just brilliant at showcasing strong relationships well in such a fun and summery setting. Open Road Summer took me on road trip alright. And left me smiling and giddy the whole way. “If we could capture feelings like we capture pictures, none of us would ever leave our rooms. It would be so tempting to inhabit the good moments over and over again. But I don't want to be the kind of person who lives backwardly, who memorializes moments before she's finished living in them. So I plant my feet here on this hillside beside a boy who is undoing me, and I kiss him back like I mean it. And, God help me, with the sky wrapped around us in every direction, I do mean it.”
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wanted to like it.. Reagan's best friend is Lilah who is a country music star. She tags along in her summer tour visiting all the different cities and venues along with her very best friend. They're both nursing broken hearts because they recently broke up with their boyfriends and the tour is a much needed distraction. When a publicity sham goes awry, Lilah brings her good friend Matt who is also a singer to be her opening act and together they pretend they're dating when in reality Matt's eye is on Reagan herself. Will she finally open her heart to another boy? Or will she break his heart? Emery Lord's name was every where last year. People loved this debut and I can understand the appeal. Sadly I wasn't one of those people. I am one of the black sheep :( I do have my reasons though. First of all Reagan is one dislikable character. The biggest trait? She's super judgemental of other girls around her. Reagan would call them sluts, bitches and whores just because they would be talking to Matt. Being protective around him is no excuse. She is super rude to everyone she doesn't know and I couldn't understand it. So much slut shaming that I was completely exasperated with her from the start. Sure she's completely feisty and passionate and loyal and such a great friend to Lilah, but it didn't occur to her to be respectful of other females? REALLY?! Oh and all the laments of how "perfect" Lilah is got to me. At one point, I just stopped reading Lilah's name. I get it, she's perfect and does everything well and good while Regan herself does everything wrong because she has some serious issues. Is that really necessary to think about other girls like that? For shame! “Some girls have no self-respect, and even though they can't see, I make a face of disgust.” I liked the writing and how engrossed I was in Regan's life. It was also and excellent take on fame and the celebrity lifestyle. That what you see isn't necessarily what you get. How media portrays things as fake and unreal and making people want to see what isn't there. How hard it is to be a perpsn who works 24-7 and to keep going even while you're sick. It's never ending and I admire celebs who take the time to be super nice to their fans. Lilah reminds me of Taylor Swift and I think the similarities are all there. I wanted this to be about best friends, but it was just purely focused on the romance and I wasn't feeling it at all. I liked the fact that it's about a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and a good boy, because we hardly see relationship like this. But I wanted something more and sadly I could only see Regan change as soon as the book ended, but that wasn't enough for me.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect summer read! I’m sure you’ve all heard about Open Road Summer and it’s awesomeness (a.k.a Matt Finch). Well, I am here to confirm that the rumours are true! Open Road Summer is indeed, a great summer novel with one of the swooniest love-interests. For those too lazy to read the synopsis (which always includes myself), Open Road Summer centres around Reagan and her best friend, Dee. Dee is going on tour because of her awesome country album and Reagan has tagged along. Reagan and Dee have been best friends for so long and after making a series of bad decisions, Reagan knows that Dee will be an awesome and positive influence this summer. But things get complicated when Matt Finch (*squeals*) joins the tour as Dee’s fake boyfriend. In other words, Open Road Summer is just pure awesome and FANTASTIC. I loved everything about Open Road Summer. Surprisingly, one of my favourite aspects of the novel is Reagan. I honestly can’t recall a book where the main character is similar to Reagan, she’s definitely one of the most unique main characters I’ve read about. She isn’t the nicest or most polite main character and she’s made some mistakes. But this summer, she’s trying to remedy some of that. Reagan is also super snarky,sarcastic and basically the most awesome dressed. To sum it up, I love her. Also, I loved the friendship dynamic between Dee and Reagan. You could really feel their love for each other and it was super clear that both girls cared a lot for each other. I love seeing such a great friendship and I thought that the friendship was one of the best parts of Open Road Summer And last but certainly not least, let’s discuss the romance. And by that, I mean Matt Finch. Basically, Matt Finch is a super sweet boy and you will definitely ship him and Reagan. I can spend the next hour probably swooning over him so I will say this, you must read the book to find out his pure awesome, I can’t even quantify it or attempt to describe it! Overall, after reading Open Road Summer, I’m not even sure how I can cope with the awesome that is this novel. I highly recommend it as a summer read because it has country songs, awesome main characters, a realistic friendship and a super swoony romance! Are you sold yet?
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great summer read Open Road Summer was recommended to me countless times by people who know I love contemporary books. Also I find out this is a road trip book.. with a music theme? and is about the best friend of the super star? can this book get any better? I loved that it isn't about the star, and the girls actually have a very caring and sweet relationship. The main protagonist, Reagan, is far from perfect. She had multiple brushes with the law, she, on purpose, wears suggestive clothes, and pretty much attracts any trouble within a 50 mile radius. However, she's smart, a great friend, and so caring to everyone she loves (limited to her best friend, Lilah, and her dad). One thing I need to include in this review is how Lilah's mom treated Reagan. She was such a motherly figure, didn't judge Raegan for her issues, and was just so sweet, a total 180 turn from the expected cliche plot route. I have started to really appreciate books that try to keep it original, realistic, and just unique. I know everyone loves Matt Finch and find him dreamy and swoon over the romance with him and Raegan, and I do, I really did love it, but that's not what I mostly loved about this book. The friendship just really got to me and Raegan's personal problems and her trying to deal with them. Matt is cute, definitely a great love interest and I think contemporary fans's swoon meter will sky rocket. But this book is so much more than the romance, and I think contemporary books nowadays aren't just fluff and I am loving the direction these authors, including Lord, are taking. I definitely recommend Open Road Summer, because it is a fantastic book that has everything, the friendship, romance, fluff, emotional development, and relatable and realistic characters and plot. I am very excited for Lord's upcoming book!
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended! I?m sure you?ve all heard about Open Road Summer and it?s awesomeness (a.k.a Matt Finch). Well, I am here to confirm that the rumours are true! Open Road Summer is indeed, a great summer novel with one of the swooniest love-interests. For those too lazy to read the synopsis (which always includes myself), Open Road Summer centres around Reagan and her best friend, Dee. Dee is going on tour because of her awesome country album and Reagan has tagged along. Reagan and Dee have been best friends for so long and after making a series of bad decisions, Reagan knows that Dee will be an awesome and positive influence this summer. But things get complicated when Matt Finch (*squeals*) joins the tour as Dee?s fake boyfriend. In other words, Open Road Summer is just pure awesome and FANTASTIC. I loved everything about Open Road Summer. Surprisingly, one of my favourite aspects of the novel is Reagan. I honestly can?t recall a book where the main character is similar to Reagan, she?s definitely one of the most unique main characters I?ve read about. She isn?t the nicest or most polite main character and she?s made some mistakes. But this summer, she?s trying to remedy some of that. Reagan is also super snarky,sarcastic and basically the most awesome dressed. To sum it up, I love her. Also, I loved the friendship dynamic between Dee and Reagan. You could really feel their love for each other and it was super clear that both girls cared a lot for each other. I love seeing such a great friendship and I thought that the friendship was one of the best parts of Open Road Summer And last but certainly not least, let?s discuss the romance. And by that, I mean Matt Finch. Basically, Matt Finch is a super sweet boy and you will definitely ship him and Reagan. I can spend the next hour probably swooning over him so I will say this, you must read the book to find out his pure awesome, I can?t even quantify it or attempt to describe it! Overall, after reading Open Road Summer, I?m not even sure how I can cope with the awesome that is this novel. I highly recommend it as a summer read because it has country songs, awesome main characters, a realistic friendship and a super swoony romance! Are you sold yet?
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definite Book Hangover! This has to one of my favorite books of this year!! Emery did an amazing job capturing the characters as well as learning a few lessons on the way. I was blushing throughout the entire book (Matt Finch) as well as some swoon-worthy moments. You can really connect with these characters (like cry a little). Open Road Summer was a perfect read compared to my weather situation (snow in April) There will be some gushing in this review because I loved this book SOO much! I will now read ANY of Emery Lord's future books. Open Road Summer was fun, and will make you smile while reading it. I was either laughing at some of the things going on or I couldn't wipe the smile off my face when good things were happening. This was the perfect road trip book especially if it involves musicians and hot boys. Perfect blend of everything. Some moments there was pure emotion where I was either sad with Reagan or feeling her anger. Big Rollercoaster for sure! It opens up with Reagan going on tour with her best friend, Delilah who is a country music star. She is fresh out of a breakup, and is ready to turn her life around. Both of them go on a journey to reflect on their life and determine what they want to do. Their relationship was a true friendship that has its up and downs. They have been with each other through the good and the bad, support each other's decisions and genuine loyalty. It is when good boy Matt Finch shows up on tour with Delilah that there is another dynamic that opens up for Reagan. He is the perfect fit because he is there for both of them, either to help out Dee's social media and to help Reagan with her stress and image. Reagan is a smart, tough 17 year old who is sarcastic and tough, after her breakup with an older man. She has both secrets and a tough wall to break. As she turns her life around she does become independent and confident while on tour. I loved how Dee also has problems of her own with her own breakup and her past. She reminded me of Taylor Swift (for fame) as her songs are about the heart. Even Matt Finch is adorable at times, I loved how he can write a song (swoon) and about his story with his mom. The romance was beautiful and Reagan really did need this to fix her heart and let people in. At first she was hesitant but Matt can really get in there with all his effort to catch her attention. They are so fun together and he doesn't hold her back from who she wants to be. As hard as she tried to push him away his character was perfect (in my eyes) I loved how they get together! The tension was so fun to read. "As I walk next to Matt, I feel a flutter beneath my rib cage that hasn't been there in months. I'm nervous. Worse than that. I actually find myself wondering if he'll reach over and grab my hand. Such a simple gesture-- one I normally don't think about." (178, Open Road Summer) Emery Lord writing was flawlessly beautiful and addicting. I am looking forward to her next book whenever it comes out. Open Road Summer is a MUST READ for those in need of a road trip book with a great romance and friendship. I almost felt like crying at some parts including the end because that ending was by far one of my favorites in a contemporary novel. It was realistic and its also a story of strong bonds of friendship and a sweet romance that will make you wish there were more pages. Pick this one up today! "I want to feel the way they pool together – his touch and smell, the sound of his voice. I want the tipsiness, the giddy ache that comes as he slides his thumb across my lower lip, as his eyes fixate on my mouth."
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books I don't even know where to begin with how much I absolutely adored this book. Open Road Summer is the kind of contemporary book that hits every nail on it's head. Friendship, romance, a fun setting and a tough as nails main character. Reagan didn't have the best upbringing, and consequently she let that affect who she chose in men to date. A lot of them were scumbags, and the latest one pushed her limits on how low she would treat herself. She resolves to turn her life around and start respecting herself and she couldn't have done it without her best friends help. Known to the rest of the world as Lilah Montgomery, to Reagan she is simply Dee, the girl she grew up with and relies on even if she doesn't want to admit it. Reagan and Dee had the kind of friendship that most girls could only hope for. They were closer than sisters and where one would fall short, the other would help her up. It was the kind of friendship that I wish I saw more in YA lit, inspiring and absolutely beautiful. They spend the summer together on Dee's tour bus as they jet across the United States for Dee's tour. Reagan takes pictures of fans conspicuously, watches as Dee and the swooooooony Matt collaborate on music together, and facing some serious difficulties that test their friendship along the way. I lovedlovedloved the romance in Open Road Summer. It was adorable but understated, rocky and clear as day how perfect they were for each other. But the best yet, was that the boy didn't "fix" the screwed up girl, like an overdone trope in YA that we all know of. Reagan grew throughout the novel, with the help of her best friend, a boy who genuinely cared for her and an environment that allowed her to get some perspective on things. It was eventual and not altogether easy for her to get past somethings, and I loved the way things turned out. Open Road Summer is a beautiful story of a friendship with incredibly strong bonds, a sweet romance that lit up the pages and a summer that opened up the eyes of a girl quite possibly too stubborn to see her own worth. Pick this book up as soon as you can.
Date published: 2014-04-11

Editorial Reviews

"Reagan's tough, wised-up voice and her burgeoning romance with Matt are the engines that keep Lord's engaging debut moving along." -Publishers Weekly

"Lord successfully adapts classic elements of adult romance novels into a love story gentle enough for younger readers." -Kirkus Reviews

"Lord's debut provides an insightful take on friendship, romance, and celebrity culture." -Booklist