Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Review: The Start of Me and You

The Start of Me and You Book Cover
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Published: March 31, 2015 by Bloomsbury

About the Book:

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it's never too late for second chances.

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?

Review

I cannot express how much I loved The Start of Me and You. If young adult literature continues to have authors like Emery Lord I plan to keep reading it when I'm 80! I don't even know where to begin, because I loved so many things about this book!

[Pause, Breathe, Think]

The Start of Me and You is Emery Lord's second novel and I can safely say that I loved it as much as, if not more than, her first novel Open Road Summer. While I didn't write a review of Open Road Summer** I can tell you that I LOVED IT!

When we first start the book Paige is dreading going back to school where people feel sorry for her because her boyfriend died in a tragic accident. She has recurring nightmares and really hasn't recovered from losing him. She struggles with that fact they were only together a short time, but has lived with the identity of "the girl whose boyfriend died" a lot longer.  Luckily she has three great friends who stand by her and always know how to help her even when she doesn't know she needs it.

The night before school starts Paige runs into her old crush Ryan and is determined that this year will be different and makes a plan.

How to Begin Again
  1. Parties / Social Events
  2. New group
  3. Date
  4. Travel
  5. Swim
Paige thinks she knows how the world sees her and she has everything figured out, but in reality she finds out that she's very wrong. In similar fashion we see Paige's mother as overprotective, but learn the overprotectiveness began after the accident and the crippling fear that she could lose Paige again makes her hold on tighter. We don't always see parents who are complex with their feelings in YA books and that is just one of the many reasons why Lord's books are AMAZING.

Paige's plan to begin again is really a journey to discover who she is and what she needs in life. She learns that real life is much more complicated than her plan. and the reality helps her conquer fears and let's her see people for who they really are. I found myself loving every character and how their personal story fit in with Paige and her friends. The friendships remind me of my own and remind me of how grateful I am for them.

Lord has an almost magical way of writing that weaves you in and out of these characters lives. There are so many quote-worthy lines that I found myself taking pictures of my favorite sections of the book. I laughed at sections and cried at others all while begging to find out what happened and yet not wanting the story to end.

I don't think I can convey how much I loved this book, so let me just say if you read one book this year let it be The Start of Me and You!

To find out more about Emery Lord visit: http://www.emerylord.com/

**If you read Open Road Summer keep a look out for a mention of Lilah Montgomery in The Start of Me and You

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