Monday, April 27, 2015

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord [Review]

The Start of Me and You4.5 out of 5 Robots!

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: March 31, 2015
Hardcover: 384 Pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamicsThe Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

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Shannon's Thoughts:
Another great book from Emery Lord!  Now, I didn't love it quite as much as Open Road Summer, but I still thought it was a great read.

Here is what I liked:
**Amazing female friendships.  Yes!  YES!!  This is what is missing from so many YA books right now.  Paige has a group of three best friends who all buoy each other up.  They help each other, they stand by each other and they aren't petty, judgmental, or going behind each other's back.  Honestly, these girls' friendship is THE reason to read this book.

**Following up on positive female friendships is positive male friendships. Both males being friends with females, and male/male friendships too. Both Ryan and Max are nice guys and cousins and best friends.  They are completely different from each other, but truly see the best parts of each other.  I love how they become friends with Paige and her friends.  They make a fun group.

**Low drama!  Emery Lord couldn't have very easily taken the "Paige becomes jealous of her best friend and they have a major falling out", but she doesn't.  Paige has some pangs of jealousy and envy, but her friendship with Tessa remains strong throughout.  

**Lastly, I liked that even though this had a romantic angle, this story is much more about Paige and her journey to move beyond being "The Girl Whose Boyfriend Died".

Here is what I didn't like:
**My only main criticism is that the basic plot is very standard.  Right up to the Big Misunderstanding.  But luckily, everything else is so good, I didn't mind!


A great contemporary YA read with great characters and superb friendships.  If you like Emery Lord's first book, you will love this one too.

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