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review 2016-07-06 15:50
Emmy & Oliver
Emmy & Oliver - Robin Benway

Ever since her best friend and next door neighbour, Oliver, was kidnapped ten years ago, Emmy's parents are extremely overprotective of their only child. At seventeen she feels as though she's not allowed to grow up. But now Oliver has returned home. After being picked up by his father from school one day, Oliver spent the last ten years with him, not knowing he was kidnapped and thinking his mother didn't want him anymore. With Oliver back, Emmy hopes to get to know him again and see where their friendship takes them.


The whole book came together so well - the pacing, the characters, the writing - everything was so, sooo good. It didn't lack anything. There were no slow parts. I loved Emmy. I loved Oliver. I loved Emmy and Oliver together. I loved her relationship with her best friends Caro and Drew, their bond felt strong and genuine. Caro and Drew themselves were three-dimensional with their own joys and problems. Her relationship with her parents was frustrating but realistic. Even the ending was great. There's nothing about this book that I disliked.

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review 2016-05-15 05:24
Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Emmy & Oliver - Robin Benway

Quick review for a quick read. I loved reading "Emmy & Oliver" and consider it one of my favorite reads this year. There were many moments in the narrative where I found myself smiling at the interactions between the characters, but at the same time, it proved to be an emotional journey considering the weight of the overarching story.

The story revolves around its titular characters, taking place mainly in the present as Oliver returns home to live with his mother and half-sisters after having been abducted ten years ago by his father. Emmy is his best friend - as she was the last person to see him when his father walked away with him all those years before. It's a steady road to coming to terms for the two of them as Oliver adjusts to life with his family and new school. Emmy has an irresistible humor and confidence (not to mention quirkiness), so it's hard not to be drawn into the novel - though I'll admit there were moments I really wanted to be in Oliver's head. I think the narrative does a great job of showing their perspectives and friendship. Eventually that friendship becomes more as they spend more time with each other, and their relationship is sweet and palpable. Though they each have their respective struggles in the narrative, this was a surprisingly funny and charming story that I couldn't put down as I went through the narrative. I genuinely liked the collective cast of characters in the novel and found myself drawn in not only by how strong the chemistry was between the cast, but also how emotional it was considering how it deals with how Oliver's abduction - not only affecting him, but the group of people in his life, including Emmy and her family. I know this is a novel I'd want to read again, and I really enjoyed the experience. Honorable mention to Pheobe Strole for a wonderful narration of the audiobook.

Overall score: 4.5/5 stars.

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review 2016-02-05 20:19
Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway
Audrey, Wait! - Robin Benway

Audrey, Wait was a really fun and light-hearted read. It was exactly what I needed and I’m so glad I picked it up.


The plot, which really just served to frame the terrific characters around, was about Audrey Cuttler, a teenage girl who’s going out with Evan, a member of a local band called the Do-Gooders, who are doing quite well on the local scene. At the beginning of the book Audrey dumps Evan and within a ridiculously short space of time (a few hours later) his band performs a song based on their break-up. I kinda wondered if he saw the break up coming and had the tune ready!? The song, called Audrey, Wait (obviously) does really well and Audrey is reluctantly catapulted to fame. She literally can’t do anything without it being reported in the local gossip columns. Her picture is being taken with her new boyfriend and anyone she knows is being offered money to spill the gossip on her. Audrey doesn’t react enthusiastically to being thrust into the spotlight and everything culminates when she appears on live T.V determined to set the record straight.

 

Like I said, the plot was secondary to the characters and believe me, they were great characters. Audrey was unique, witty and generally all-round fun. She loved music and frequently blew out her car stereo speakers and rocked out to mix CD’s. Her friend Victoria, and don’t for the love of God call her Vicky  (don’t ask me why but it really pissed her off) was the perfect yang to Audreys ying. She set her off perfectly and helped propel the tone of the novel which was often laugh-out-loud funny. Every character had enough defining qualities to make them unique, but never too much or over the top. It wasn’t without its life lessons either as we saw Audrey grow over the course of the book. The only characters that felt a bit stereotypical were Audrey’s parents, but they didn’t feature too heavily.

 

I guess if I really tried to criticise this novel I could say that the plot was a bit weak, but in my opinion the characters more than made up for it, as did the fun and general awesomeness.

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text 2016-02-02 21:44
Reading progress update: I've read 300 out of 320 pages.
Audrey, Wait! - Robin Benway

Just finishing this one; it's been so much fun. Full review in the next day or two.

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text 2016-01-25 21:51
Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 320 pages.
Audrey, Wait! - Robin Benway

Just started this and I'm going to ditch my other book in favour of this one, for a few days, because I absolutely love it.

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