Right before the library closed, I got myself some books to read during lockdown. Emmy & Oliver was one of them, and eventhough I read it more than a month ago, it deserves a book review.

Here’s the synopsis 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’ 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?

Also read: book review of Far From The Tree

My thoughts on Emmy & Oliver

This book was one hell of a read.

Honestly, I didn’t expect a whole lot of it. I didn’t read this synopsis from Goodreads, I did read the back on the translated version I got and it sounded ok. I read Far From The Tree and loved that book, so I knew an ok book would probably be a great book by Robin Benway.

And a great book it was.

First of all, the friendships are incredible. Emmy has two best friends – who are great characters by themselves – and their friendship is the kind of friendship everyone longs for. Or at least I do!

The romance (is this a spoiler? Goodreads lists it as a romance) is amazing. I loved how it grew from friendship to more. How they helped each other be a better version of themselves. I loved it all.

The setting is another thing that I absolutely loved about this book. It’s a small town in California and the beach is nearby. Emmy loves to surf and after reading this book, I would like to learn! It gave a magical feeling to the book.

And lastly, the characters are what makes this book. Emmy and Oliver have different problems caused by the samen event: the kidnapping. The side characters, like the friends and the families, are a great add to the book and make this book so much fun to read.

I was absolutely in love with this book and everyone should read it.

Final rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Is it on your TBR or are you adding it?