‘Emmy & Oliver’ is an unusual read. To look at it, you would expect it to be like any YA romance – cute, funny, with a little bit of teenage angst added in for good measure. However, Robin Benway’s latest YA novel throws us a curve ball: the return of a kidnapped child, Oliver, 10 years after he was last seen.
Coleen applied through our You Review section and got a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Let’s see what she thought below:
Have you read any of Robin Benway’s books before? If not, would you consider doing so in future? No, I haven’t. This was actually the first book by her that I’ve read. I really enjoyed her writing style, so I will definitely read more by her.
‘Emmy and Oliver’ has a wide cast of interesting, funny characters. Do you have a favourite? It has been a while since I finished reading the book. But I know that I really liked reading and knowing more about Oliver. He had to go through some very difficult and confusing moments. And whenever I tried to imagine myself going through the same situation as he was, I pretty much agreed with almost all of his thoughts and feelings.
Favourite scenes/moments? Definitely the car scene, which was when Emmy and Oliver ‘first’ saw each other face to face. And well, what Emmy did made me laugh and I felt slightly embarrassed for her =))
This book deals with some very serious and messy issues. Do you think it handled them well? I personally thought that some actions by some characters were exaggerated to create drama. But overall I thought it was handled ok.
Be honest, did you cry? I ALMOST did, but I felt like this particular scene needed a little bit more ‘push’ and I could’ve been balling my eyes out.
Rate out of 10. 6.8 out of 10