Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway



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?


If you know me and has read my reviews, you know that I absolutely love Robin Benway’s books. I’ve read almost all her books and I reviewed a few too. You can read those reviews here, here and here. I am glad to say that her new book, Emmy & Oliver, did not let me down one bit.

“We’re still friends. That hasn’t changed. It never did.” Oliver laughed through his nose. “Weirdest friendship ever,” he said. “Definitely.” I agreed. “But it’s ours.” 

This is one of those books that make you feel like you’re making a new friend. Whenever I put the book down, I found myself yearning to go back to reading it, because it felt like I was constantly talking to Emmy & Oliver as if I was getting to know them as friends. And let me tell you, that’s how you know a book is good.

Emmy & Oliver were neighbours and best friends when they were seven. But then Oliver’s dad kidnapped him and everyone spent ten years worrying about him, until one day he’s found and returns back home. But everyone has moved on with their lives and secretly they all think they’re going to see that seven year old boy again. But Emmy and her friends, Caro and Drew, aren’t the only ones who have grown up. So has Oliver. But Emmy is determined to make him her friend again, and even though it’s awkward in the beginning they start picking up their old pace soon enough. But Emmy has secrets to hide from her parents, who got extremely protective of her since Oliver disappeared. A curfew of 9, no surfing allowed (she does it in secret anyway) and all that jazz. Will Emmy & Oliver find their friendship back (and maybe even more?) after ten years apart?

“Because I,” I said, placing my hand over my heart, “am a very loyal friend, Oliver.” He startled a little again, even as he laughed. “Good to know. So you’re saying I should kick my therapist?” 
“You have a real gift for reading between the lines.” 

Even though the book deals with a touchy subject, Oliver being kidnapped by one of his own parents, it’s also very funny. Emmy has a great personality, which I loved and Caro and Drew, her friends, are hilarious. Together they are really funny and have great best friend dynamics.

“The big news-” I started to say. “Oh my god, you’re pregnant!” Caro said. “You’re pregnant?” Drew said in the loudest whisper possible. “Is it Oliver’s?” “What?” I cried. “No, I’m not pregnant! What the hell Caro? Do you really think I’d be announcing that in the hallway at school?” Caro shrugged. “I don’t know. You’ve never told me you’re pregnant before. I don’t know what the rules are. ” 

Like two chapters into the book I recognized Robin’s writing, which I love, duh. But she’s a master in making chaotic conversations chaotic but still easy to read, which I think is a real gift. I loved reading this book a lot and I did so in one sit. It’s a refreshing topic, which I have not read about in any other book and I think it’s really awesome Robin wrote a book about it. I did not know I wanted to read something like this until I read it. I recommend everyone to read it, and get a little idea about this topic, which is equally heavy and made funny and light by Emmy and her friends.

“We found each other once,” I said. “Shouldn’t be too hard to do again.” 

amy calloway sisters

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