Friday, June 12, 2015

Book Review: The Start of Me & You by Emery Lord

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 dynamics The 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?

I would like to start out by saying that while reading this book, I DID NOT CRY! I know, I know it's madness. Especially with a synopsis like this one. There were a few times where I teared up a bit, but the tears were never flowing down my cheeks! I was so proud! Any who, we've got a book to review! This was such an amazing read. I really enjoyed myself while reading about Paige and her friends and family. I would have liked to see the romance start a little sooner, than it did, but otherwise I really had no objections. If you haven't read Emery Lord's debut novel, Open Road Summer, I would highly recommend it! It's a great summer read that I absolutely loved! Just as much as I loved The Start of Me & You! This book was such a powerful story. I found myself getting lost in the lives of the protagnist, Paige and all of her friends. That's one thing that Emery Lord can do, she rights the most amazing secondary characters. They never overshadow the main character, but they still have a definitive voice throughout the story. I really enjoyed the love interest, Max, in this novel. He was such a quirky and interesting character that you couldn't help but love to pieces. I also quite enjoyed that Paige's past relationship with Aaron was discussed extensively, but it never seemed to really overshadow the other storylines. The bottom line is that Paige and Aaron hadn't been together that long only a few months, it wasn't an epic love story. Though it affected her, it wasn't something that she wanted to define her. Paige mentioned a lot in the book, that she hated when she got "That Look", she felt like she was forever going to labeled, "Aaron Rosenthal's girlfriend" or "The girl who's boyfriend died". We learn that throughout the book she hasn't really been seeing what other's have and that they just want her to be happy. Overall, it's a great summer read that isn't too sad, but still brings all the feels. A four star book!!! Loved it!

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