Book review: Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy-Oliver-Robin-Benway-e1428344572796Title: Emmy and Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Daniela’s Rating: 4 stars

Daniela’s review

“The more you start to love someone, the more you ache when they’re gone, and maybe it’s that middle ground that hurts the most, when you can see them and still not feel like you’re near enough.”

I loved everything about this book. When I first read the blurb, I felt it was something I would like to read, and guess what? I finished it in two days. I felt it was a fast read but captivating.

When something big happens in our lives, sometimes we start thinking about it as our life before and after. In this case, Emmy’s life before Oliver was taken away was the best. Of course, she was a kid and everything, but life was good. Until it wasn’t anymore. After Oliver was gone, Emmy’s life was full with some kind of emptiness. Her best friend was gone. She didn’t know where he was, how he was doing or even if he was alive. She didn’t know anything about him. It took her some time to get used to the idea of Oliver being gone, but she never moved on. She couldn’t. She missed him too much. She missed him still. Until he came back. Ten years later.

Redemption. Sometimes, people do bad things. Sometimes, their intentions are not bad, but their actions are. There are always a thousand different ways to do something, we just need to give it a bit more thought and give our minds some time to figure them out. But sometimes, people feel like they’re running out of time, so they take the fastest, easier way to solve a problem or do something. I guess, at the end, what matters is how you feel about it. Can you live with yourself, knowing that what you did hurt other people, might still be hurting them, and that that damage might never be undone? But redemption is not about just feeling guilty. It’s about taking actions and doing whatever you can to make everything right, even though you might have to get punished.

“Sometimes love isn’t something you say, it’s something you do.”

Emmy and Oliver is a story that manages to deal with delicate subjects but it combines a bit of comedy and sarcasm with it that I wasn’t expecting at all. The dialogue in this book is just perfect, because it helps lightening the awkward and sad moments. Of course, there are some in which the sadness can’t be hidden with jokes. And I loved how the author made it so the story, even though it’s sad and heavy and important, you’re able to laugh. I guess, people tend to forget how important it is to do so, even in the darkest of times.

I have to say, I absolutely adored Emmy. First of all, her personality. She’s sarcastic and she owns it. I loved every comeback she had towards anyone. Her parents, her friends, Oliver. No matter who it was, she always had something to say. Also, she’s happy as fuck, even though she had to grow up knowing bad things could happen to good people, that they had happened to good people, she managed to see the good in life, appreciate it, and find some kind of peace. I really enjoyed getting to know her.

“I just hugged him and didn’t say anything. There wasn’t anything to say. Sometimes there just aren’t enough words to fill the cracks in your heart.”

Then we have Drew and Caro. Well, Drew is awesome, I love him to death. He’s funny and caring and just the best. Caro is the crazy friend. She lives her life at her own speed and I loved that I could see the world through her eyes, just like I could with Emmy.

Then, we have Oliver. God, Oliver. He’s been gone for ten years and he doesn’t remember anything from his previous life, only what he learnt while living with his dad. He’s sad and confused and annoyed and I just wanted to hold him and tell him everything was going to be alright. I could understand his frustration and need to stop feeling pitied. I loved him from the start. I loved him and I just wished I could’ve gotten his point of view about everything. About what happened to him, to know his thoughts, to know more.

This was such a sweet book. I swear, I fell in love with it from the very start.


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