Book: Emmy and Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
What's it about?
Emmy and Oliver is told from the perspective of 17 year old Emmy who's best friend Oliver was kidnapped when they where both five. Because of the kidnapping it left a hole and a turbulent of emotions in the ones who knew him and the whole community as a whole. 12 years later, Oliver is back and Emmy has to deal with the return of her best friend.
Before reading Emmy and Oliver
After reading Emmy and Oliver
As I said the storyline is a unique YA read dealing with the fall out of a kidnapping and the return of the kidnappe years later through the perspective of the ones who where left with the fall out, namely Emmy, Oliver's childhood friend. Now Emmy had a great voice, she was funny and she was a unique individual unlike a lot of female characters in YA who all have similar traits. The relationship between Emmy and her two best friends, Caroline and Drew and her relationship with Oliver was great to read. Robin Benway seems to be a wizard at writing unique individual's and I praise her for this.
Seeing Oliver and Emmy 're- establish there friendship was so sweet and it gave me feels. By now your thinking what is the problem I had with the book, what punch didn't I get to maker me love this book. Well the problem was it just didn't go to the next level, it was sweet and emotional but I just wanted more Oliver and his feelings on the kidnapping. Basically I want the author to write a book from Oliver's POV. In all honestly I think this book would have been much better with alternate POV chapters switching between Emmy and Oliver.
Overall I did enjoy it. It has a unique story line in YA, a funny relatable character with a coming of age feel.
Have you read Emmy and Oliver? Thoughts?