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Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Summary from Goodreads:

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.


I read and loved Far from the Tree by Robin Benway back in 2017 and also bought Emmy & Oliver around the same time. I knew that I would like it based on my previous experience with the author. I have no idea why it took me so many years to finally pick it up but when I did I managed to read it in a single night.

The novel follows Emmy in her last year of high school as her world turns upside down when her childhood friend who was kidnapped finally comes home. I’d forgotten how intense the plot was in this YA Contemporary, the cover does not match the serious topics covered in it.

I even enjoyed the romance that came about in the novel. I felt that it did not take away from the main plot. Benway is a master at creating characters that the reader comes to love and root for them. I’m glad that I finally decided to pick this one up!

I recommend checking out this well-crafted YA Contemporary novel. It was a good read!


5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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