The premise of this book is different and fascinating. How many kids have one of their closest childhood friends kidnapped?
Emmy is sweet and authentic. She feels so much like a real person, with complexities and passions. Robin Benway did a fabulous job writing her (and this story, in general).
I don’t visit realism much, since speculative fiction is my one true love, but when I do I want the story to be executed just like this one. There’s a sweetness and a purity to Emmy and Oliver, captured so well among the swirling confusion of modern times. It reminds me of Rainbow Rowell’s work, so fans of hers should definitely read Emmy & Oliver if they haven’t already.
I also have to commend Robin on her execution of the child-parent relationships. I think she absolutely nailed it, and her adult characters were actually interesting and fun to read, rather than boring, unimportant, or nonexistent like they might be in a lot of other YA.
Definitely would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA, especially YA realism and fans of Rainbow Rowell’s work.