‘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.
Lauren 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: Lauren Patten
Have you read any of Robin Benway’s books before? If not, would you consider doing so in future? This is the first time I have come across Robin Benway’s books, but if they’re as well written and beautiful as ‘Emmy & Oliver’, you can bet that I’ll be reading them all in the future.
‘Emmy and Oliver’ has a wide cast of interesting, funny characters. Do you have a favourite? I absolutely adore Caro. She’s such a well written character who doesn’t take any crap. She’s hilarious, charming and a really good friend. I honestly wish I had a best friend like Caro. She’s also a bit of a neat freak – which I can relate to!
Favourite scene/moment? There’s too many to choose from! Robin Benway manages to write the cute scenes, the heartbreaking scenes and the funny scenes with perfection. But, if I had to choose one, I’d probably choose the scene where Emmy & Oliver are sitting in their separate cars on the first day of school. When Emmy crosses her eyes and sticks her tongue out at Oliver? I almost died from both second hand embarrassment and from laughing so much. It was adorable and I think it really showed that time apart hadn’t changed the fact that Emmy was still super comfortable around her old best friend. Oh! or Caro, Emmy and Drew singing The Beatles – I told you it’s too hard to choose just one!
This book deals with some very serious and messy issues. Do you think it handled them well? I think Robin managed to handle the messy issues really well! She managed to make the issues seem real and actually made me sympathise with both Oliver and his dad – as well as everyone else who was effected by Oliver’s disappearance. She made it emotional without laying it on too thick.
Be honest, did you cry? I’m a crier, of course I did!
Rate out of 10: 8.5/10 – I wish there was a sequel.