Book Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre(s): Young Adult; Contemporary

Plot: [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?


  • It was an interesting take on the whole two-neighbor-kids-fall-in-love thing
  • Feelings are confusing, and Oliver’s feelings in this book are even more so
  • I would freak out and be super strict if my neighbor’s kid went missing
  • Emmy’s mom is pretty cool
  • It’s realistic the way Oliver’s family moves on, but at the same time they don’t
  • The way Oliver found out the truth
  • Emmy being a surfer is kinda cool
  • I loved Emmy’s friends
  • The first kiss. That was cute.
  • I’m a sucker for childhood best friends


  • I felt like maybe there was a little too much angst from Emmy sometimes

Favorite Quotes: 

  • “Could you please stop dripping your sarcasm all over my car’s interior?”
  • “The only way I could describe what kissing him felt like was, like the last day of school, knowing that months of freedom and sunshine lay before you, the feeling that you could do anything you wanted and time stretched out in endless possibilities.”
  • “An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you’re shaking.”
  • “I just hugged him and didn’t say anything. There wasn’t anything to say. Sometimes there just aren’t enough words to fill the cracks in your heart.”

My Thoughts: I accidentally read this book in one night. It just flowed so well, and held my attention so firmly, that before I knew it, the sun was coming up and my kindle was dying. This is not your ordinary love story. Emmy and Oliver were brought back together by the weirdest twist of fate, and at first I thought that they might be doomed. I thought they would just stay friends, because things had changed that much between them without actually having the chance to change at all. While trying to adjust to his new life, he’s also trying to accept the reality of his old life, and it takes its toll on Oliver. But Emmy is there for him every step of the way, even when it means whatever is between them is on the line. This book was a quick, refreshing read, and I can’t wait to see what else Robin Benway has up her sleeve.

Robin Benway

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