Emmy & Oliver

Emmy & Oliver

by Robin Benway

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Fans of Sarah Dessen will devour Robin Benway's story of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, now in paperback.

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life....

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart....

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering this, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467602891
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2015
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Robin Benway is the acclaimed author of the Also Known As series; Audrey, Wait!; and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June. Benway's books have been published in sixteen languages, have won international awards, and have been bestsellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and book publicist, she lives in Los Angeles. You can visit her online at www.RobinBenway.com.

Phoebe Strole is an actress and an Earphones Award-winning narrator who was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in drama. She has appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening and in various films and television series, including Hamlet 2, 30 Rock, Glee, and Rescue Me.

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Emmy & Oliver 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So worth the read. It's gotta be my new favorite.
girlandhernook More than 1 year ago
Emmy and Oliver is the story of two best friends that grew up right next door to each other and were everything to each other, even at a young age. Unlike that moment at the age of seven that rips apart an entire neighborhood. Oliver’s father kidnaps him and Emmy’s life is ever the same. While one expects the child who was kidnapped to forever be changed, but no one thinks of those who were left behind. In an interesting turn of events, Oliver didn’t know he was kidnapped. He thought his mom left him and his father. He had no idea at all that his father stole him, and carries a lot of guilt about in the decade that he’s been gone. When he’s found, everyone believes and treats him to be the same person that he was when he left. But he was 7 and now he’s 17. Everything changes when you’re actually present, but to be put back into a life you barely remember, it’s like a mini life bomb and has ripple effects. Emmy parents essentially watched her like a hawk and wouldn’t let her do anything. Because of this Emmy actually learned how to surf behind their back, and applied to a four year university behind their back for fear that her parents would be upset with her. What I loved about Emmy and Oliver were the little moments. The little waves and ripple effects from the Oliver bomb of Oliver being brought back. Oliver’s relationship with not only Emmy but also his mom, his step-father, and his two new sisters. Or the effect on Emmy’s two friends now that Oliver’s back and how there are a lot of growing pains. Although I know nothing about having a friend being stolen and brought back, Emmy and Oliver was still an extremely relatable story, and that’s not just because Emmy is an extremely sarcastic character that I understood on a personal level. Benway writes my favorite type of books. They are quiet. They are full of family, sarcasm, friendship, love, and finding your own happiness.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
Totally loved this book. It's funny, sweet, serious and perfectly YA. I love Emmy. She's so funny and I found myself giggling at her so much. Her response to her parents over protectiveness was adorable. And her unique style was so much a part of helping Oliver. She cares about him. She always has and that hasn't changed. But it is awkward at first. Of course, Emmy has a way of dealing with that that was just perfect! Tongue out and eyes crossed, she draws the smiles out of him. Perfect. And, of course, I love Oliver. He was dealt a raw hand. He feels like he's been punished twice and for things he didn't do. I never really thought about how someone would handle being returned after so long of being gone from their family. It was interesting to watch Oliver as he tried to deal with going to high school through this painful period of his life. Oh, and the teacher in me? I thought I was going to go ballistic on some milk carton bullies! I would have brought those brutes down if that happened in my school. I loved Drew and Caro too. This whole story is so much about friendships and the strength and pain from them during some of the hardest times of our lives, high school. This is my first book by this author and I was impressed with her teen voice. Funny and tortured at the same time, but totally believable. The romance in this one is sweet and perfect. I loved all the stolen kisses, whether is was Emmy and Oliver or Drew and Kevin. Very high school. I don't read as much YA as I have in the past but this is the kind of YA books I love. It's real and it's, at times, emotional but it's also light and sweet. It's that perfect time of life where everything feels so much bigger than it is and yet all the world stand before you. I raced through it, thoroughly enjoying every page of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down! I read it for hours until I finished it! You won't be disappointed if you get it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very real and easy to connect. Couldn't put it down!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
There are certain books that just stay with you long after you've closed them and long after you've moved on with your life. Emmy & Oliver is one of those books for me. It will definitely go at the top of my contemporary list along with My Life Next Door. The story, the relationships, the characters.... I was engaged from the beginning and immediately connected with all of these elements. I really enjoyed Emmy's character. I felt for her, as her parents are extremely overprotective of her and it made me sad that she had to hide things from them because they have such a good relationship. Their overprotectiveness makes sense though. After seeing what their dear friend Maureen went through next door after her son's disappearance, it's no surprise that Emmy's parents would react that way. They want to keep their daughter safe, but they are hindering Emmy from living life like a normal teenager by imposing strict rules and curfews. I loved how snarky and sarcastic she could be. It's not done in a negative, mean way, but it added humor and there were quite a few exchanges with her parents that just put a smile on my face. I adored Oliver too. He was such a sweetheart and I REALLY felt for him. Trying to assimilate back into a life he doesn't really remember is no easy task. He has been lied to by his father and while that hurts, he can't bring himself to hate the man who has raised him for the past ten years. He comes home to a family he doesn't know, friends he doesn't remember, and is not having the easiest time at school. It's natural that he would be withdrawn and even a bit angry. Things are tense with his mom and she is worried about him. Emmy and Oliver's friendship becomes such a big focal point in this book because let's face it. Oliver needs a friend. Emmy doesn't judge him and she is a good listener. I liked that she could be awkward sometimes because it made her so much more endearing. Before Oliver's kidnapping, the last interaction he had with Emmy was a note being passed to him asking if he liked her, to which he circled YES. That last interaction while a faint memory in Oliver's mind, has never been far from Emmy's. Seeing them spend time together and get to know one another again makes for a very sweet romance. The friendship aspect in this book is phenomenal. Emmy's best friends, Caro and Drew, are great. Benway develops their characters so well and I liked seeing how realistic their friendship is. When Emmy starts dating Oliver, she does end up spending more time with him and Caro does feel like a third wheel at times. When she finds out something Emmy has kept secret from her, but Oliver knows, Caro gets upset and rightfully so. These are real issues best friends would face and I'm glad Benway illustrated those. Overall, I cannot gush enough about this book and I could go on and on. It's a very emotional story, but it's also filled with hope and love. Oliver and his mother have some reconnecting to do and it will not happen overnight. The book ends on such a hopeful note, but I am going to miss these characters dearly. I foresee many rereads in my future!
WitchyWriter More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartbreaking, tender and hopeful!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one had such a strong voice and really great secondary as well as main characters. I think Benway did a great job really inhabiting the emotional complexity of Emmy and Oliver's relationship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only because its about YA's. No matter how old I get or how trends change, teenagers will always be just what they are, and no matter how old you are, you'll always carry a piece of yourself around with you from those days. This novel was a beautiful, realistic reminder of those bittersweet years when life seemed to be so complicated, yet as we grow and move farther away from those years, all we seem to recall is how simple it all was. This book reminds you of all the learning and growing up that took place in those years, and that the only truly simple thing about it was the love and connection we all searched for, and if you were lucky and blessed to have found it, you could truly get through anything....together. Of course none of it would be possible without the love and support of your parents, who were always nearby just hovering;) I highly recommend as a quick, insightful and feel good read.
Beth_Rodgers_Author More than 1 year ago
'Emmy & Oliver' by Robin Benway is a beautiful, poignant story of friendship, truth, and how love has the power to both benefit and hurt relationships. Main characters Emmy and Oliver, seventeen-year-old neighbors, were separated ten years prior when Oliver's dad, Keith, kidnapped him and took him to Chicago, where they started their life away from Oliver's mom and his dad's ex-wife, Maureen. The reality of a scenario like this actually occurring is truly frightening and beyond comprehension, but the fact of the matter is that it likely happens more often than people might think. The raw and realistic emotions that Benway was able to inject into her characters' dialogue and into Emmy's inner thoughts, since the story was narrated by her, proved incredibly touching. Oliver's return brings out a variety of responses from people who live nearby as well as those who were once close to Oliver and his family when he was young. Emmy and her friends Caroline (better known as Caro) and Drew try to help Oliver come to terms with being home, but the fact that he loves his dad despite the fact that he kidnapped Oliver all those years ago takes a toll on Oliver's ability to assimilate himself back into his former life. Making matters more complicated are Emmy's parents - especially her mom - who have been more overprotective than Emmy feels should be possible, since Oliver went missing. As a result of this, she feels the need to keep secrets from them about her life, including her desire to attend college out of town and surf as often as she can. Set in a contemporary high school and suburban neighborhood, 'Emmy & Oliver' shines a light on an issue that is scarily relevant in society nowadays, while at the same time showcasing the beauty of reconnecting with your past and learning how to cope with the future that is still to come. Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' A Young Adult Novel
PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
This book has been on my TBR for so long and I couldn't wait to read it. I've read a lot of good reviews about this one and it sounded like something I would enjoy. So when I was browsing the library last week and saw this, I knew I needed to grab a copy while it was available. This felt a lot different than the typical young adult novel, but I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it was because of the difficult content of this book, or maybe it was because of Emmy and Oliver's relationship. I really loved how they were such good friends for a long time. They were obviously friends before he was kidnapped, and then when he got back, they became friends again. Emmy helps Oliver exactly how he needs when he is thrown back into his old life. Although everyone thinks he should be super happy to be back home, they all forget that he didn't know he was kidnapped; he thought he had a semi-normal life with his father. Then he's ripped away from everything he knows. As their friendship grows, they realize they have feelings for each other in a new way. They slowly explore those feelings and don't jump right into anything. I really, really enjoyed this book. I can't believe I waited so long to read it, but I can definitely see what all the fuss was about! I'm really curious to read what else Benway has written. Big fan of this book! pagesofcomfort.blogspot.com
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This would make a great chic flick!
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I was expecting a good friends-to-lovers story here, but I never expected EMMY AND OLIVER to have such an amazing cast of friends. Or hey, a pair of super involved families, including two sets of parents who play equally important roles. And although I like trauma narratives as much as the next girl, the thing I loved most about the whole kidnapping arc was how conflicted it left Oliver and Emmy feeling. Robin Benway doesn't demonize or excuse Oliver's dad for the crime that he commits, and she refrains from letting the seriousness of the kidnapping dominate the whole story. I laughed out loud far more often than I thought I would, and squealed far more often than I would've hoped. This is Benway's best yet.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
This book was so adorable. The voice was great. I couldn't put it down. It's a story of friendship and of love. But it's also a story about growing up, of figuring out what you want out of life, and of standing up to your parents and going after what you want. Emmy's parents kind of freaked out when Oliver disappeared. They couldn't imagine losing their beloved child as they'd seen happen to their next door neighbor and best friend, so they became extremely overprotective. It makes sense, especially to me as a parent. But now Emmy is a senior in high school and she's been sneaking around and surfing for three years, and she's applied to college behind her parents' back. Then Oliver comes home. It's awkward at first. I enjoyed reading about them rediscovering their friendship. Emmy has remained best friends with Caro and Drew for the last ten years, so Oliver has to find his place. And Emmy tries to balance these old friendships with her rediscovered friendship with Oliver. Everyone is so happy to have Oliver back, but they don't really know how to relate to him. He's 17 now, not 7. Oliver opens up to Emmy because no one is asking about his life for the past 10 years. It's through their sharing of truth that something more develops between them. I think this is a great book for teens to read. The love story is so healthy, which isn't always the case in YA books. Emmy and Oliver fall in love while also finding themselves. They don't get lost in each other. They encourage each other to follow their own dreams. It's also a great YA book for adults to read, especially parents. There's so much in the book about the love between a parent and child; I think any parent could relate. But it's also a great story about letting your child go and trusting them to make their own decisions. This book definitely lived up to all of the hype. I need to read Benway's other books. I love her writing. http://momsradius.blogspot.com/2015/07/book-review-emmy-oliver-ya.html
DonnaGambale More than 1 year ago
Though the plot is based on a Lifetime-movie-worthy childhood abduction and dramatic reunion ten years later, it speaks volumes of Benway's skill as a writer that this book feels normal and not at all overdone. If you love books with a wry, witty sense of humor that explore complicated relationships between characters you want to befriend, you should be reading EMMY & OLIVER! For the full recommendation, check out This Is What You Should Be Reading! http://www [dot] thisiswhatyoushouldbereading [dot] com/recommendations/2015/3/25/emmy-oliver-by-robin-benway
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Read the whole book in less than 6 hours. It was so cute I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would have been better if you could read from oliver's point of view too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book just to read for fun and I ended up being hooked! Reminded me of high school days and how my parents were. Was very hooked and had to read it all in two days!!!