Mini-Reviews: Emery Lord Edition

open road summer

Title: Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord
Publication Date: March 3rd 2015 by Bloomsbury
Source: Owned
Rating: ★★★★★
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After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. Her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of healing hearts and break-up ballads.

But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in this growing genre, Emery Lord’s gorgeous debut hits all the right notes of contemporary romance.

During my reading slump months ago, I picked this book on a whim, with hopes that my reading slump would go poof. AND IT DID. I had this book on my kindle app for a really long time and I don’t know why I never got around to reading it, but fortunately, with the hype of Emery Lord’s When We Collided last month,  I decided to immerse myself into Lord’s books.

If there’s one thing I’m sure about, it’s that I love this book. I love this book so much that I never got around to writing a coherent review because I can’t find the right words so here I am stuck in writing which might be a mini-review for this book.

Reagan was like a force to reckon with. We have zero similarities but it wasn’t hard to get into her character, which I quite like. I really love her friendship with Lilah. They’re like two peas in a pod and even though Lilah’s popular, she’s not overshadowing Reagan. However, Reagan’s a little possessive of Lilah. I can’t blame her though, she’s had her since they were little. Lilah was easy to love and adore. I love her passion for music, even if it seems like we don’t share the same music taste.

“I think it’s the bravest thing in the world – to run straight at love, even knowing how badly you could get hurt.”

Oh, and if there’s one thing in common between me and Reagan, it’s our attraction to Matt Finch. He’s a remarkable character. I think I fell in love with him in an instant. He’s super sweet, thoughtful, and caring. I adore the bond he had with Lilah too!

Honestly, the main characters are complex and somehow a great contrast to each other which made the book more enjoyable because it’s balanced out well.

the start of me and youTitle: The Start of Me And You
Author: Emery Lord
Publication Date: March 31st 2015 by Bloomsbury
Source: Gifted
Rating: ★★★★
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It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Hello, nerdy boy!

Okay so just like Open Road Summer, it wasn’t hard to get into the whole story. Although it took me longer to follow Paige, as compared to Reagan. I really enjoyed this book as well! It was an amazing follow up to Emery Lord’s great debut.

Let’s make a list of reasons why you should read this book or any of Emery Lord’s books.
  1. Emery Lord writes realistically. It’s so easy to relate, not only with the characters, but to the whole story as well. I love realistic YA and I’m so happy I picked up Emery Lord’s books. If you haven’t read any, you’re missing a lot, kid.
  2. FLUFF. She knows how to make a reader melt into a puddle. From Matt Finch to Max Oliver Watson. Max was just straight-up adorable. And did I mention he’s nerdy? I love books with nerdy/dorky guys. AHH MY KRYPTONITE
  3. Friendship portrayals are the best. This book has a darker vibe compared to Open Road Summer but still enjoyable to read. I love Max and Paige’s relationship and how it grew from a simple friendship to romance. I love how they supported each other and I also appreciated how this book emphasized family relationships.

I do encourage you guys to pick up both books! It’s both refreshing, touching, and achingly beautiful! Now, I’m off to find myself a copy of When We Collided!


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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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