‘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.
Cintia applied through our You Review section and got a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Let’s see what she thought below:
Name: Cintia Pinto
Have you read any of Robin Benway’s books before? If not, would you consider doing so in future? No, this was the first book I read by her and I’ll definitely be picking up more of her books in the future.
‘Emmy and Oliver’ has a wide cast of interesting, funny characters. Do you have a favourite? All the characters in this book felt so real and I ended up loving all of them a little bit. But I think I have to say that Emmy was my favourite. I loved her! I really appreciated the way she dealt with everything, even if she was a bit immature at times, I felt that I could have made those same decisions.
Favourite scene/moment? When Emmy finally confronts her parents about them being so overprotective, especially her mum.
This book deals with some very serious and messy issues. Do you think it handled them well? I was a bit apprehensive when I first heard about this book. I kept thinking: How can a teenage boy live in the 21st century with internet, tv, etc. and not know he was kidnapped? It would have been all over the news and social media. But the book dealt with this really well in my opinion. I mean, it is still a bit unbelievable if you think too much about it but I got so engrossed in the characters and the story that I JUST DIDN’T QUESTION IT!
Be honest, did you cry?
I did not cry, but I came pretty close!
Rate out of 10: 9/10