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? (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I expected this to be a three star book. Maybe a four star book if I really like the characters, but not the five-star book that it ended up being. This book is adorable and I adored it.
When Oliver was seven, he was kidnapped by his Dad. His mom and dad were divorced, and when his dad picked him up for a three-day weekend, they both just disappeared. Now, ten years later, Oliver has been found, and is coming back to his small hometown.
Emmy’s parents were terrified when Oliver was kidnapped, and are overprotective, and in Emmy’s mind, make the choices about her life for her. Emmy adores surfing, but she has to do it in secret because she knows her parents wouldn’t let her continue if they knew.
Emmy and Oliver were best friends when they were little. Now, Oliver’s back, and as much as Emmy would like it to go back to being the relationship they had when they were seven, it just won’t be. They’re both very different people now, and Oliver barely remembers the girl he lived next door to for seven years.
To people first picking it up, Emmy and Oliver might seem like a romance. It’s not. It’s like 40% romance and 60% Oliver coming back and the aftermath of that. Oliver’s mom is overbearing and has married again, so Oliver had siblings he never knew about. Oliver can’t help but miss his dad, since for years, his dad had told him it was his mom that abandoned him. And yet, this isn’t a drama-filled book. It feels extremely real. And Oliver’s and Emmy’s meeting after he was kidnapped was so awkward and so real.
There are also Drew and Caro, Emmy’s best friends, and at the same time they’re dealing with their own set of problems. The relationships feel extremely real, and there’s no unnecessary drama between the three, which was nice.
On top of that, this book was HILARIOUS. Emmy’s sarcastic-ness and Caro’s just general personality made it so that I laughed pretty much the entire book. However, note the “pretty much”.
There are some tough scenes, too. Some scenes that caused a lump in my throat because I was feeling so bad for Oliver or for Emmy. Oliver can’t help but miss his dad because for ten years it was his dad that raised him but he can’t help but feel wrong for missing his dad since, y’know, his dad kidnapped him. So it’s stuff like that.
Emmy and Oliver’s romance was the CUTEST. I SHIP THEM. It started out as a mildly awkward friendship and grew into one the most adorable romances I have read (maybe not in forever, but at least this year). They fit together perfectly, and there’s no jealous fighting or anything like that. Oliver needs Emmy and Emmy needs Oliver and that makes it just the cutest.
Basically, I love this book and I will love this book forever. I might just need to buy it.
Plus, the cover’s gorgeous.
I have to run ’cause I’m getting hungry, so