Emmy & Oliver Book Review
Let me start by saying, although I have given the book a 2 out of 5 star rating, it does not mean that the story was crap. The story was written very well, I just feel like it was blanketed by another story that didn't have my focus. My short summary of Emmy & Oliver- boy meets girl when they were younger, boy likes girl. Boy is taken by his father. boy comes back, girl still likes boy. They fall in love.
You would like to think that the author would focus more on the coming home of said boy and how HE is effected by what happened to him and what it is like to return to a place he doesn't remember well, but no. Instead, we get to hear from Emmy, a "perfect" daughter with a dirty little secret... she likes to surf but her parents don't know. Perhaps, I'm being a little harsh here. The book was easy to read. In fact, I flew through it. But... I think it was more so because I tell myself that I am not a quitter when it comes to reading books. I will finish the book or I will not get to read the next one. (think giving a kid a cookie, they can't have the cookie until they finish their dinner. I'm that way with books.)
Honestly, I think I would have loved the book if it had dual perspectives rather than just Emmy. She is your basic YA romance heroin, helping the "bad boy in distress" while he adjust to being moved back to his original hometown. Oliver is suppose to be the main focus of this book but it felt like he was shoved to the side to focus on Emmy coping with his return. Truth? I didn't care how she felt. I wanted to hear from Ollie. I wanted to hear his story and feel what he was feeling. But no... we focus on Emmy and her school girl crush on someone who barely remembered her to begin with. Speaking of which, that whole relationship felt forced. Things just moved waaaayyyy too quickly for me. If I was kidnapped and brought back, I wouldn't be the same, let alone someone who falls for a stranger who may or may not have been my former grade school crush.
Drew, probably my all time favorite character, was more fleshed out than Emmy. Or at least, he had a story I was interested in following. Coming out to his family after all the time he spent trying to hide it from them. His blossoming relationship with a guy he really likes. It was so adorable! Caro, on the other hand, was annoying. She was the kind of friend who wanted things to be about her. Always tried to make their own language, thinking it would catch on with the rest of the group. Seriously? Who gets mad over their "best friend" getting into a college for something she really likes to do?
Another one of my dislikes was the fact that when Oliver's father returned, no one batted an eye. Everything was, once again, shoved to the side, compressing how Oliver was feeling after seeing his father and his experience with cooping after knowing the truth. I cannot say this enough. I WISH I GOT TO HEAR OLIVER'S SIDE OF THE STORY!
Like I mentioned before, the book was a quick read, easy to get through. The kidnapping plot line was an amazing one. I just wish we got to explore it more and hear from Oliver. I wanted to give my honest truthful opinion. I have noticed a lot of people have liked this book on Good Reads. While I'm not telling you that your opinion is invalid, I'm just simply stating mine. Until next time!