Open Road Summer

Open Road Summer

by Emery Lord


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Sarah Dessen gets a road trip twist in Emery Lord's debut novel, a summer story of love and true friendship—now with a fresh new look!

"A fabulously entertaining story of friendship, healing, and love.Fill ed with laughter, heart, and a side of sass, this rock-star debut will have you cheering for an encore!" —Elizabeth Eulberg, author

of Better Off Friends and Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681195933
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 757,599
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Emery Lord is the author of Open Road Summer, The Start of Me and You, When We Collided, and The Names They Gave Us. She lives in a pink row house in Cincinnati, with a husband, two rescue dogs, and a closet full of impractical shoes.

@emerylord (Twitter and Instagram)

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Open Road Summer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read Open Road summer because it sounds like a great book for summer, and even though it is just now spring in US, I am longing for the warmer days, and it sounded like this book would be perfect. I was hoping for a good mixture of light and heavy, friendship and romance, and the wonderful cover for the book also drew my attention. You got a sense of the characters pretty quickly in Open Road Summer, Reaghan has been in some trouble, and made some bad choices, and Dee with stage name Lilah is the shy inside sweet girl that fame hasn't changed yet. They balance each other out, and while they have a long standing friendship, we clearly see how it plays out for them. The support and how they are just there together is wonderful to read about. I loved the focus on their friendship, how they are there for each other no matter what and they can transition from deep and meaningful to hilarious like zipping one in a suitcase in seconds flat. I am a hit or miss with roadtrip stories, as well as stories with the musician as main character or romance interest, but the combos in this one worked out for me and avoided some of the cliches and troupes that usually can turn me against them. Matt is the romantic interest, and I felt the attraction and chemistry between him and Reaghan right away. I think he found it refreshing that she told it like it was and was more interested in her friendship with Dee than being a fangirl over him. Matt is a genuine good guy, and he's funny, takes Reaghan's sarcasm and the walls she has built up around herself to keep from being hurt again. At first they have to keep everything secret because Matt and Lilah are "dating" in the eyes of the public and paparazzi because they twisted a picture and it was taking down Lilah's clean and wholesome image, and a relationship could make that from taking over publicity. It gives an interesting look into the life of a celebrity, how their lives can be twisted and as a consumer it is just easy to believe what we are fed. It also shows the fragility at times of life in general, how one seemingly inconsequential choice can make such huge waves, but also the strength of human spirit to overcome what keeps being thrown at us. Matt and Reaghan both have some hard things in the past and it is nice to see them finally let down some walls and let each other in. Matt and Dee have this sibling type relationship, they tease each other, are comfortable with one another, and they manage to use their long time friendship to help bolster the impression of their relationship to the media. But it is hurting Reaghan knowing that her and Matt share something. But she struggles a lot with the effect it would have on her friendship and the perception of her best friend, and I so appreciate that this is a huge thing for her, and she has learned from her past and is trying to make better choices and decisions. It was good to know that Dee has her own love interest at home, and that thread makes the story even more layered. Even though Dee and Jimmy had broken up because he thought it was better for her career, we see that Dee has held onto her deep feeling for him, and she loves that he saw her before she became a star and was an awkward and gangly girl instead of poised and together country singer. The ending was well done. It wrapped things up well for the characters but it still kept a realistic ending. There were hopes and dreams yet to be fulfilled but that is life for a teen. I like that it gave a glimpse of what could be for the characters but also wrapping up the themes and threads from this one. This turned out to be just the read I needed, a great balance of light with emotions, and a warm summer read. Bottom Line: Open Road Summer manages the perfect blending of light and fun, flirty to serious romance, strength and beauty of friendship and all that I hoped it would be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it straight through in one sitting. Can't wait for her next book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Friendship, romance, travel, and music...this book has all of this plus absolutely lovely writing. A must read!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Reagan knows she is better than her past behavior would indicate. She knows she deserves more than her bad-news ex-boyfriend and more than her bad girl reputation. What Reagon doesn't know is how to get beyond all of those things once and for all. Reagan's best friend, Lilah Montgomery is having problems of her own including nursing a broken heart and headlining her first major tour. With her star on the rise, Lilah will have to navigate the world of country music stardom and the murky waters of celebrity news and minor scandal. Even with so much baggage, Reagan is thrilled to be joining the tour for a girls only summer of bonding and healing. The only problem is Matt Finch--himself a former teen star--is also part of the tour as an opener. With his clean-cut good looks and enough snark to match Reagan barb for barb, Reagan knows her promise to stay drama-(and boy)-free all summer is in for trouble. It takes a cross-country tour but over the course of one unforgettable summer Reagan will learn that mistakes aren't forever, even if friends are, and home doesn't always have to be somewhere to leave in Open Road Summer (2014) by Emery Lord. Open Road Summer is Lord's first novel. Believe the hype about this book. Lord has crafted a novel that is equal parts escapism and realism. While readers are treated to the luxe world of celebrity musicians, Open Road Summer also highlights the tough realities of living (and growing up) in the public eye. Reagan is a prickly, multifaceted narrator with a lot of heart and a lot of personality. The fact that she is a self-proclaimed bad girl who wants a change is utterly refreshing. This story constantly challenges the usual tropes and binary structures found in similar stories to create a plot and a cast of characters that are unique and completely engaging. Tour stops across the country add a vivid backdrop to this delectable story of a girl trying to find her way. Possible Pairings: Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti, A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley, Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg, Where She Went by Gayle Forman, The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee, Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham, The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta, Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy, Swoon at Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter, Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beth_Rodgers_Author More than 1 year ago
'Open Road Summer' by Emery Lord captures the essence of friendships, crushes, and full-fledged relationships. Even though the first few chapters didn't flow as effortlessly as the rest of the novel, once it got into full swing, it was hard to put the novel down. Emery Lord fascinates readers with the life of Dee Montgomery, otherwise known by her stage name of Lilah, who tours the country as a music sensation with her best friend, Reagan. When Matt Finch, a friend of Dee's and a music star in his own right, joins Dee's tour, Reagan can't help but fall for him. Despite her best efforts, he weasels his way into her mind - and eventually her heart. Reagan is not too eager to get close with Matt, though, because of past relationships and the poor ways in which they ended. Her comfort level with Matt helps a lot, though, as he pushes her buttons in cute, endearing ways that make her eager to get to know him better. The problem is that he has been brought on Dee's tour to make people think he and Dee are dating - so a relationship with Reagan seems pretty much out of the question, especially if Dee's publicist Lissa has anything to say about it. The mixture of learning about Reagan's home life and how it contrasts with Dee's, yet finds them being closer than ever on Dee's tour, was enjoyable to delve into. The conflict that made up the last several chapters of the novel, including Matt's girl best friend joining the tour and stirring up her own brand of trouble for the newly dating Reagan and Matt, was just the right touch to make Reagan better understand that her past doesn't have to define her future. Emery Lord knows how to entertain and engage readers with her well-written descriptions. The way in which the characters act around each other, from best friends Dee and Reagan and their give and take to Matt and Reagan's summer romance and ensuing banter, readers will want more of Lord's words running through their minds. And they can get them - just check out her other books. Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' A Young Adult Novel
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
Two Emery Lord books down, and I've already figured out that I will devour anything she writes. Anything. OPEN ROAD SUMMER is a story about friendship and first love and starting over. It's about travel as a form of escape, figuring out what you want out of life, and the ways in which music brings people together. Plus, it has an awesome on-the-page soundtrack, and I'm always a big fan of books where the author includes their own super relevant lyrics as part of the larger story. The developing relationship between Reagan and country singer Matt Finch was incredibly sweet, but it's Reagan and Dee's best friend camaraderie that really made this story sing for me. I'm a huge fan of supportive, no-drama best friend tales, and the lifelong bond between these two girls is why Dee invites Reagan along on her own country music tour, and why Reagan is one of the only people who knows the "real" Dee. It was so refreshing to see how the two of them put each other first--even as Dee's music star rises and the publicity aspects of her tour began demanding more and more of her time. And even as Reagan grows closer to Matt and starts dismantling the walls she's built around herself, it is still unmistakably clear that she trusts Dee in a way that she doesn't trust anyone else. This is a road trip novel at heart, but it's a road trip novel that doesn't attempt to sugarcoat or minimize any of the problems these characters will still have to face once the journey ends. Perfect for summer, or anytime of year really. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was reading this book and i kept thinking that the book should be written in dee's point of view. I just feel like Reagan is a tag along who just tells all Dee's stories. I like to read a book about the main character's life, not the story about their bestfriend, I mean its great that she talks about dee but I'd like to know more about her and not every thing or every conflicts should be about dee.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story had me laughing and crying and I just loved it! Makes me wish for a friendship like Reagan and Dee's and love strong enough like Reagan and Matt's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ashleyjellison More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at <a href="">The Word at My Fingertips</a> Oh my goodness. I loved just about every word. I like how this goes through a road trip for a concert tour for a famous young singer, Dee Montgomery, Her best friend, trouble-child Reagan joins her. After a scandalous rumor, another singer, Matt Finch joins the girls on tour. Matt tries to win over Reagan, and she begins to fall for him, no matter how hard she tries not to. I think one of my favorite points of this story is the media and its effects. Newspapers, magazines, and websites all publish unfavorable and completely untrue information about Dee, the picture-perfect idol for all young girls. Of course, we see how this affects Dee's fans and Dee herself. She gets increasingly stressed, understandably. But it's important to realize how untrue how the media can be. I like how that is put in. Reagan is such an incredible character. She's a real sweetheart under everything and she knows her faults, probably more so than others around her. She has made mistakes, some really awful. She's hurt people around her, but she would die for her best friend. This story is told by her and we get to see how she struggles to love and to live her life without hurting people. I love that struggle. I love seeing such a real character and I love having an imperfect main character. Because people aren't perfect. Aw, Matt is incredible. Swoon. Matt is the best type of book boyfriend, because he is the sweetest thing in the world, yet he is imperfect. Yay for imperfect but realistic characters! He flirts and teases, but under his perfect exterior, Matt is hurt and scarred. But he lets Reagan in and tries to get her to do the same, no matter how often she hurts him. This book went in so many directions. At first, it goes through the concert tour, but as Reagan falls in love, we see her struggles, Matt's struggles, and Dee's struggles with her own romance. And the twist with Matt? Eeep! I was also so sad when Dee did...what Dee did. I'll leave it like that. It was really sweet, and I understand why she did it, but it still makes me sad. Rating: 5 stars
LittlePiecesofImagination More than 1 year ago
I read Open Road Summer after most of my friends had raved about it and said how much they enjoyed this inspirational story about best friends, a swoony romance, a road trip and always welcomed character growth. Plus, a story with a pretty cover and gorgeous writing is always a must-read if you ask me. &ldquo;It takes a long time to see a person as a whole spectrum, from worst to best&mdash;from the mismanaged heartache that lands them in AA to the pancake dinners, from the hurtful things shouted in a dressing room to the huge-hearted strength that only a best friend can understand. Once you get there, it&rsquo;s forever.&rdquo; The book starts with our leading lady Reagan going on a road trip with her best friend Lilah (or Dee to us) who also happens to be a world-wide pop-country superstar. These two have awesome chemistry and the suitcase scene made me smile, as did most of their scenes. Their support and encouraging words for each other were some of my favorite parts in this novel and I think this is what a friendship should be like: supporting each other through thick and thin. Dee and Reagan definitely had a great relationship going on.  We also get some great family dynamics and see two sorts of families: the ones who have it all together and the ones who are still trying to reach that point. Dee&rsquo;s family was adorable and I loved the growth of Reagan&rsquo;s as well. Reagan, her dad and her stepmother had a lot of growing to do, but I liked where they all ended up. This road trip Reagan took was really the thing everyone in her family needed.  I also enjoyed the slow-burn romance between Matt and Reagan. Reagan is of course attracted to Matt, but she&rsquo;s been burned before and Matt isn&rsquo;t her type at all (though isn&rsquo;t he really?) and throughout the novel we see her come to a realization that Matt is exactly what she needs: a sweet guy who&rsquo;s fun, respectful, makes her laugh and is all around a complete charmer! These two had a good banter going on and their dates (public or private) were really just too darn adorable. As for the side romance, I was hoping to see a tad more of Dee&rsquo;s, but I&rsquo;m happy with the way that storyline turned out for her by the end of the novel.  It&rsquo;s the perfect kind of book to cuddle up with on a warm summer night, but you should also crack it open when you&rsquo;re missing summer and want to read some heartwarming scenes, the best kind of friendship and a slow-burn romance. Put Emery Lord on your watch list, people! She&rsquo;s on her way to steal your hearts in the best possible way!  Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5.0 
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Open Road Summer was recommended to me countless times by people who know I love contemporary books. Also I find out this is a road trip book.. with a music theme? and is about the best friend of the super star? can this book get any better? I loved that it isn't about the star, and the girls actually have a very caring and sweet relationship. The main protagonist, Reagan, is far from perfect. She had multiple brushes with the law, she, on purpose, wears suggestive clothes, and pretty much attracts any trouble within a 50 mile radius. However, she's smart, a great friend, and so caring to everyone she loves (limited to her best friend, Lilah, and her dad). One thing I need to include in this review is how Lilah's mom treated Reagan. She was such a motherly figure, didn't judge Raegan for her issues, and was just so sweet, a total 180 turn from the expected cliche plot route. I have started to really appreciate books that try to keep it original, realistic, and just unique. I know everyone loves Matt Finch and find him dreamy and swoon over the romance with him and Raegan, and I do, I really did love it, but that's not what I mostly loved about this book. The friendship just really got to me and Raegan's personal problems and her trying to deal with them. Matt is cute, definitely a great love interest and I think contemporary fans's swoon meter will sky rocket. But this book is so much more than the romance, and I think contemporary books nowadays aren't just fluff and I am loving the direction these authors, including Lord, are taking. I definitely recommend Open Road Summer, because it is a fantastic book that has everything, the friendship, romance, fluff, emotional development, and relatable and realistic characters and plot. I am very excited for Lord's upcoming book! 
DahlELama More than 1 year ago
I was really excited for the romance in this book, but although I loved that too - and want to do ungodly things to Matt Finch - the real magic of OPEN ROAD SUMMER is in the friendship between Dee and Reagan, two girls who've been through everything together and act as each other's anchors during that most tumultuous point in adolescence when you're still a kid but suddenly have to make grown-up decisions about the future, what you want out of it, and who you want in it. I loved watching them travel together and support each other and KNOW each other, and it was exactly the sort of thing I feel has been far too rare in YA. It makes me wish I had a teen daughter to give it to so I can say &quot;THIS - a friend this great and a significant other who's nice, caring, and makes you laugh - this is what I want for you out of life.&quot; Matt was definitely my other favorite thing about this book. He's the textbook perfect book boyfriend - nice, talented, and funny - but he places a strong emphasis on friends and family, too, something I feel we don't get to see as much in love interests. He wears his heart on his sleeve - and in his songs - and it's really nice to watch him learn and grow along with the girls. So, what I'm saying is: Buy it. Read it. Love it.
TheNerdyJournalist More than 1 year ago
Proof that this book is utterly amazing: I stayed up until 1 a.m. reading &ldquo;Open Road Summer&rdquo; on the night before an early morning English test (I still got an A, in case you were wondering). I&rsquo;m not sure if I have any coherent thoughts right now. There are just so many things that made me love &ldquo;Open Road Summer.&rdquo; Hmmm&hellip; I guess I want to start by talking about Reagan, the narrator of &ldquo;Open Road Summer.&rdquo; The first thing that really stuck out to me was Reagan&rsquo;s sharp wit and self-destructive behavior. &quot;My list of offenses runs long, and I&rsquo;m not proud of any of them&mdash;except maybe the time I outran a cop while wearing stilettos. But things changed in April, and so did I. I&rsquo;m trying to get my act together, but I can&rsquo;t be someone I&rsquo;m not. I still flirt with boys to get what I want, and I still crave the occasional cigarette. I&rsquo;m just not as bad as I used to be.&quot; Right off the bat, I started finding similarities between Reagan and characters like Leah Jones (&ldquo;Such a Rush&rdquo;) and Bailey Mayfield (&ldquo;Dirty Little Secret&rdquo;). That&rsquo;s definitely not a bad thing. Jennifer Echols is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and her main characters are typically strong, opinionated female. I really liked that Reagan acknowledged that she needed to change and tried restrain herself from doing things she&rsquo;d regret, like hooking up with random guys and drinking more than one glass of champagne at an after-party. The second thing that stuck out was Reagan&rsquo;s passion for photography and her dream of becoming a photojournalist. I&rsquo;m an aspiring journalist, and I love photography, so the little mentions of photography interspersed throughout the plot were really interesting to me. Besides, I like it when main characters have a passion for something other than the love interest. After reading this paragraph, I felt like shouting, &ldquo;That&rsquo;s exactly how I feel!&rdquo; I see it all through the lens of my camera&mdash;the flurry of movement, the venue staff in black T-shirts, giving orders into their headsets. As I take it all in, my mind weighs the texture, the composition, the possibility of each changing scene, and I struggle to hold back, to keep my finger from pressing too soon. That&rsquo;s my biggest flaw as a photographer. I&rsquo;m impatient&mdash;trigger-happy. I want the shot now, now, now, click, click, click, and if I could just wait a second more, the moment would really flourish. I loved the dynamic between Reagan and Dee (aka superstar Lilah Montgomery). Despite being total opposites (Dee is the role model of pre-teens across the nation, and Reagan is the poster-child for what mothers fear their little girls will become), they never judge each other and they&rsquo;re there for each other no matter what. They&rsquo;re more than best friends; they&rsquo;re sisters by everything but blood, and nothing can wreck the bond they share. Naturally, Reagan would do anything for Dee. So, even though her feeling for Matt are undeniable&mdash;she&rsquo;s the only one trying and failing to deny it&mdash;and mutual, she has to restrain herself. &ldquo;Why?&rdquo; you ask. Because Matt is posing as Dee&rsquo;s boyfriend to get good publicity in order to fix a scandal that could ruin Dee&rsquo;s career and crush her dreams. Matt is a good guy, a huge contrast to Reagan&rsquo;s bad, but they&rsquo;ve both know what it&rsquo;s like to be hurt. They complement each other perfectly. Matt gives Reagan a reason to stop her self-destruction. And Reagan makes Matt want to be himself, not the guy that everyone expects him to be. The hurt in his voice is so real that I can feel it settle in next to my own, somewhere in that aching part of my chest. Seeing this piece of Matt makes me want to be near him&mdash;to see his scars up close and find out if he&rsquo;s as broken as me. That&rsquo;s ridiculous, of course. But more than ever, I feel a craving&mdash;stronger than the dull buzz of nicotine or the rush of a fourth beer. I&rsquo;m hungry for newness, a fresh start, a do-over. I want to reach back into my history with a grade-school pink eraser, scrubbing away my decisions like mistakes on a math test. Too bad I drew my mistakes in ink. The chemistry between them is obvious from the start. There&rsquo;s plenty of flirting and pushing boundaries, and the anticipation of the moment when they finally realize that they&rsquo;re perfect for each other drove me crazy.Open Road Summer banner Bottom Line &ldquo;Open Road Summer&rdquo; has a bit of everything. It&rsquo;s a fun story with two characters that basically define the term best friends. It&rsquo;s a sweet romance about two characters that bring out the best in each other. And, most of all, it&rsquo;s a story about letting go, healing and being the person you want to be. Plus, it has photography. I&rsquo;d recommend this book to almost everyone. The plot is fun and engaging, the main character is awesome and there&rsquo;s plenty to swoon about.
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quibecca More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS OF AWESOME I was super excited that this book came up for my random read.  I have been wanting to read it for a while.  It was so, so good.   Dee (aka Lilah Montgomery) is a teenage super star.  Reagan is her troubled best friend.  Reagan is trying to get away from her life and make better choices when Dee invites her along for her summer tour.  Dee is a sweet girl, that has everything she thought she wanted.  She is a star, and she is going on her first tour as the headliner and wants her best friend by her side.  Reagan gladly accepts and goes along for the ride.  Reagan is a photographer, and tells her father that she would use the time to add to her portfolio.   Dee is in love with Jimmy Collier, but he wants a &quot;normal&quot; life and doesn't want to hold Dee back, so he breaks up with her.  She is heart broken and cannot seem to get over it.   When a picture of Dee is leaked of her that shows her kissing her ex-boyfriend her team goes into repair mode.  They add Matt Finch as a opener.  Then everything gets more complicated. I love Matt.  He is just and all around nice guy who has gone though a really hard time.  He use to be in a band with his brothers, but is now going trying out on his own and Dee's offer helps him achieve this goal. Dee is that friend that everyone should have.  Loyal, kind and loves her friend unconditionally.  Dee is the kind of friend every parent hopes their child has.  I liked Reagan.  I feel kind of bad for her.  Yes, I say kind of bad.  When you make stupid choices, you cannot expect things to go all peachy.  Seriously.  I do like that she finally sees the fault in her ways, and is trying to make her life better. Okay, now what I don't like.  I really did like this book, don't get me wrong...but there are just a few things.  I really do not like reading about teenagers taking on such serious relationships.  I know there are a lot of teenagers out there that can have mature relationships, but I still don't like it.  I just think its so unrealistic.  I do not like the thought of teenagers going into stardom.  I know it happens, but I don't usually see good things happen when it does.  I just think the story would have been even better for me if they were just a smidgen older. Now, having said all of this, I still loved the book.  It made me happy, and sad.  When Reagan is betrayed (or so she thinks) again, my heart broke for her.  I cried.  Like little girl cry.  Which made me crazy because she was a young girl, and she should not be going through so much heart ache.   I could not put this book down.  I read a few pages the other day, and knew right away that it was going to be one I couldn't put down.  SO, I put it down for a day, and then picked it up last night.  When I say I couldn't put it down, I am not kidding.  I started it about midnight, and didn't go to bed until 5:30 a.m.  YES!!!  5:30 AM.  I could not put it down.  I love, love, love when books draw me in like this :). Source:  I bought this book for myself on Amazon.  I am not affiliated with Amazon in any way.  I was not compensated for my review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
I really kind of loved this book. It was such a joy to read. This is one of those books that really makes me frustrated with the speed at which I read. I&rsquo;m definitely on the slower side when it comes to reading speeds. It took me several days to get through this book, but that wasn&rsquo;t because I didn&rsquo;t want to read it. I read every chance I got! I would have devoured this book in one sitting, if possible. I fell in love with Reagan instantly. I loved her snarkiness, her edge, and her &ldquo;whatever&rdquo; attitude. She was one of those characters that some may find annoying, negative, even frustrating at times. To me, that just makes a really great character. I&rsquo;m a fan of flawed, edgy, and at times somewhat annoying characters. So Reagan and I hit it off immediately. :) Dee was simply adorable. A goodhearted country singer, always seeing the best in people and trying to do what&rsquo;s best for everyone. She was so super sweet. I could picture her perfectly, with her cute sense of style, and her always smiling face. The story line between Dee and Jimmy was so sweet and really broke my heart at times. Then there was Matt. He was nothing like I thought he would be, which is a really good thing!! I was expecting an arrogant, stuck-up rock star, and instead I got a super caring and fun pretty normal guy. I have to admit his song writing was a bit cheesy and silly at times, but I still loved him. :) This story was so fun!! First of all, can I just say ROAD TRIP!!! Who doesn&rsquo;t love a road trip book?! :D On top of that, a summer on a tour bus with teenage singers&hellip; it was just full of fun!! Wonderful story. Perfectly flawed characters. This story had a smooth flow, ups and downs, smiles and tears. All aspects of this story were bundled together in the perfect little summer read package. I&rsquo;m so excited to see what Emery Lord comes out with next. Such a fantastic debut!
csingh More than 1 year ago
Part of what drew me to this book was the premise. A road trip during the summer while touring with &quot;the band&quot; with a possible romance was like apple pie a la mode, too good to resist. For it's part, the book delivered what it promised and more. The other draw was the gorgeous cover. I really hoped I enjoyed the book as much as other bloggers and reviewers did. I fell for Reagan, Matt, and Lilah as they toured city after city. I was beyond appalled by some of the things that happened to Lilah and what she went through. I understand that the entertainment industry is built on image and all, but I still couldn't stomach what I saw. If that's what being a celebrity is like, I'll let someone else have it and never wish for it again. I loved Reagan for her fierceness and protectiveness of Lilah. Reagan applied that same ferocity to protecting her heart from anyone who seemed like it might be a threat. Reagan was that cool chick I wanted to be friends with when I was in high school. One of my favorite parts of the book is where it's mentioned how Reagan and Lilah met and became friends and how they see each other. I think plainly stated, Matt simply stole my heart. He was steadfast, willing to prove it, and talented. Emery Lord's story features all of its characters in phases of discovery. Reagan, Matt, and Lilah are learning how to deal with their new realities and where they want to go from there. Their journey is a mix of highs and lows that will keep you turning page after page. I can't wait for Emery Lord's next book. She's set the bar really high with this fantastic book. If you're looking for a book that will keep you entertained now that summer is fast approaching, you can't go wrong with this one. I laughed, cried, and hooted with joy as I read this book and I know you will too. If you're still undecided, all you need to read is the first couple of pages and all your doubts will dissipate.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 stars I was first drawn to this book by the gorgeous cover. I mean... look at it. It's GORGEOUS. I think this is one I'll need to add to my shelves so I can stare at it. But as we all know- we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, right? Not here. You can totally judge. What's inside this book is as beautiful as the outside. This is the ultimate summer read in my opinion. Road tripping with your bestie, cute boys, falling in love, heartache- it definitely makes for a summer read! Being a huge music lover myself, I loved that this took place on a musical tour and that we were able to see the impact music has on all of the characters. Pacing: I loved the way the book came together and I was engaged from start to finish. Being on tour was a lot of fun, as I liked seeing everything play out in the different cities, as well as how Reagan and Dee handled obstacles that were thrown at them. I felt the pacing of the romance was perfect- it wasn't rushed by any means, and I felt that was really important to the development of the story. I was afraid of a love triangle at first, with two young girls and one sweet, good looking boy. That is not the case however, so I was really happy Lord didn't go in that direction. Storyline: As I said, I love books about music, and I used to love reading fanfiction about a certain boyband and being on tour, so this was right up my alley. I like the idea of best friends going out on tour together for the summer. It must be extremely lonely being a teenager and being whisked to all of these places, doing what you love, but never setting down roots. Reagan and Lilah (Dee)'s friendship is such an integral part of this novel and I think Dee needed Reagan with her as much as Reagan needed to get away from the mess of her life at home. Dee is a growing country superstar and is still hurting over a breakup with her long term boyfriend. Her best friend Reagan joins her for her summer tour and together the girls are planning on spending quality time together and not letting their pasts haunt them. However, things don't go exactly as planned, and now Dee needs to handle some bad press to keep her good, sweet girl image untainted. The solution? Bring in a cute, boy next door type and let the press make their own assumptions about their relationship to get the heat off the bad stuff. Reagan is determined not to swoon and fall all over Matt Finch, but the more she gets to know him, the more she realizes her heart isn't as safe as she once thought. I love that this story has it all- a great solid friendship between two girls, a slow building romance full of teasing and fun, and watching them navigate the waters of fame, heartache, misunderstandings, and love. Characters: I'm going to start off by talking about Matt. I absolutely adored him. Sure, he did some things that pissed me off a bit, but overall he is a GOOD guy. He joins the tour to help with Dee's negative press and the goal is to let fans see them hanging out, spending time together and take the heat off the picture that's surfaced of Dee and her ex-boyfriend, Jimmy. Matt and Dee knew each other previously, so the two are already friends, which really helps make the situation less awkward. I loved his and Reagan's interactions. He isn't deterred by the fact she has steel walls around her heart and befriends her anyway. Matt understands pain and loss and that is part of what gets Reagan to open up to him. He really likes her, but he doesn't push her into a relationship with him. I really felt it happened naturally and had it happened too fast, it probably would have just been a casual hookup. Matt isn't perfect, though. He gets himself into a pickle at the end and while I didn't believe what my eyes (or Reagan) were telling me, I was still shaking my head because he didn't see it coming. Guys really are clueless. As for making Reagan feel the way he did while interacting with another individual, I don't think it was intentional, but it still hurt her nonetheless. For as tough as Reagan comes across, she is also very vulnerable underneath that hard exterior. She has been in trouble and making bad decisions for some time now, but it all came to a head and had to deal with some serious consequences. Reagan has not known stability in her life- her mom abandoned her and her father at a young age, her father drank too much, and now she has a stepmother who she really can't stand. Getting away from everything is the one thing Reagan desperately needs at this point. She needs to learn how to stand on her own and realize her own self-worth. Matt and Dee both play a large role in this, but ultimately it's Reagan who has to make her own choices. I was a little irritated with Reagan over what happened with the whole Matt thing towards the end. I thought she was being ridiculous and it was unfair of her to make that judgment call about him, when he'd never done anything to prove himself any different that the guy she knew. She has some self-confidence issues, which I get, but running away is not the answer. Reagan is incredibly loyal, however. Her friendship with Dee is such a special one and she really would do anything for her best friend. Dee is one of those kind, sweet people who sees the good in everyone and doesn't let the evil and wrongness of the world taint her personality. She has always believed in Reagan, but she doesn't push her either. She needs her best friend with her, as she is still hurting over her breakup with her boyfriend Jimmy. You were all ready to hate Jimmy's guts for hurting such a sweet girl, but really he was letting her go to pursue her dreams and didn't want to be the one at home holding her back. Dee is definitely the more emotional one of the two, and she is very empathetic to others. She balances out Reagan's wild side with her calm one and together the two just have one of those friendships that will endure anything. Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. It made me long for the freedom of summer and made me miss my own best friend like crazy. The romance was incredibly well-done, and I loved the importance of Matt's lyrics and how significant they were. Emery did an excellent job of making the reader feel as if they were along for the ride and while it may not have always been smooth- it was worth the journey. &ldquo;If we could capture feelings like we capture pictures, none of us would ever leave our rooms. It would be so tempting to inhabit the good moments over and over again. But I don't want to be the kind of person who lives backwardly, who memorializes moments before she's finished living in them. So I plant my feet here on this hillside beside a boy who is undoing me, and I kiss him back like I mean it. And, God help me, with the sky wrapped around us in every direction, I do mean it.&rdquo;
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
If you're ready to beat away the winter doldrums with books about road trips, music and summer love, look no further than Open Road Summer. I loved absolutely everything about this book &ndash; from the gorgeous cover to the very last line. I had high hopes for this one, had heard nothing but positive feedback from others who read it before me and I loved it even more than I hoped I would when I first set eyes on that amazing cover. Reagan wasn't the easiest character to like at first, if I'm being honest. She's a little rough around the edges and hasn't had the easiest life. Her mom left when she was young. Her dad is a recovering alcoholic who is getting ready to marry his new girlfriend who Reagan isn't a huge fan of. She's prone to destructive behavior &ndash; especially with guys &ndash; and has been in and out of trouble recently. She loves to make an impression. She's a photographer (we have that in common) and I loved hearing her talk about her photos. A few chapters into this book, I connected with Reagan. I started to see her behaviors for what they truly were: a defense mechanism to keep from getting hurt. If you don't let people in, you won't be destroyed when they disappoint you. But she was a good friend and I appreciated her snark and honesty. Her inner dialogue was quite amusing at times.  Reagan's best friend Dee (aka Lilah Montgomery) is a rising country star and about as far opposite Reagan as you can get. She's a teen country idol; a good girl who is going through a painful breakup. Dee and Reagan have been friends forever. They're each other's rock. Through thick and thin, they've always been there for each other. It only makes sense that Reagan accompany Dee on her summer concert tour. The time away from home, her ex and her father will do her good. She needs a break.  The summer that is supposed to be great times shared by just the two girls is quickly changed after a photo of Dee and her ex-boyfriend in what has been altered to look like a compromising position is leaked. Now it's time for some PR damage control. It's then that former child star Matt Finch joins the tour as Dee's opening act and fake boyfriend. Reagan doesn't want to share her friend, but despite her best efforts to steer clear of Matt, he gets under her skin. It's not long before her summer is taking a completely different path than she expected, or thought she wanted, but wouldn't trade for anything. Of course, things are tricky because Matt's supposed to be Dee's boyfriend, so he and Reagan have to keep things on the tour bus. I just want to be clear, though &ndash; there is NO LOVE TRIANGLE in this story. It would have been so easy to take the story there and I'm thankful Emery did not. It's one of the things I love most about this book.  Who am I kidding? I loved everything about this book. Emery has a way with words and can write humor as well as she can write the deeper, more meaningful moments. I loved the focus on friendship, whether it was Reagan and Dee, Dee and Matt, or eventually Reagan and Matt. I loved the dynamic in each of these pairings so much, even though they were very different. These characters are complex. They're each running away from something and are forced to deal with those things while on the tour. Matt was absolutely perfection. He was a good and protective friend to Dee. He and Reagan went round and round, but anyone with eyes could see it was only because they were attracted to each other. Matt understood what Dee was going through as he'd had his own share of relationship drama in the news. He could relate to Reagan, once she opened up, because he too had lost his mom. He was a sweet (and HOT), the perfect boy next door, or in the next tour bus over, in this case. I loved his song lyrics, too. There was something vulnerable about him that spoke to me. Sure he had some cockier moments where I might have wanted to shake him, but those were more to get a rise out of Reagan than anything else. And boy did he ever. I adored these two together, whether they were fighting in the early days or flirting as time went on. They had a spark that jumped off the page. Of course, what's a young adult road trip book without some drama and a hint of angst? It wasn't overdone and didn't feel forced though. It just made the story that much richer and believable, in my opinion. Now that's not to say there weren't some times when I wanted to yell at each and every one of my beloved trio for being ridiculous. But that's just part of the process of reading a book where you care about the characters and what happens to them. Or, at least it is to me.  Open Road Summer was just a great read all the way around. It was sweet and funny and charming. It had plenty of funny moments and a lot of heart. The characters were rich and lovable. The plot kept me guessing as to what would happen next. I ended this one with a big smile on my face. Reagan was dealing with some pretty intense issues, but I thought they were handled well. She grew tremendously through the course of this book. I seriously can't recommend it highly enough. It was one of my most highly anticipated YA reads of the year and it exceeded my every expectation. I have a feeling I'll read this one a time or two more before the year is over. It's that good. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Open Road Summer with its upbeat beginning captivated me right away. Reagan O'Neill, in an attempt to put her troubled, wild-child past behind her, accompanies her best friend, singer Lilah Montgomery, on her twenty-four-city summer tour. Unfortunately bad publicity brings Matt Finch in as opening act and fake boyfriend for Lilah, and Reagan's resolve to stay out of trouble is tested. I absolutely loved the close friendship between Lilah, or Dee as she is known to her friends, and Reagan. Dee, who has to recover from a painful break up while dealing with bad publicity, as well as the normal ups and downs of a busy tour, certainly needs Reagan by her side.  Reagan has a criminal record and her own bad relationship to put behind her. Although she is the perfect best friend to Dee, she is rather hateful towards any girl who as much as dare to look at Matt Finch. Reagan may be determined to put her drinking, smoking, criminal past behind her but she is still in the habit of hitting on every good looking boy that crosses her path. In the end I really don't think she deserves to get together with a good, kind guy like Matt Finch. Despite the lively start of this novel, the story slows down to a crawl towards the middle as a great deal of time is spent on Reagan's romantic interludes with Matt and their discussions about their respective pasts.  Although Open Road Summer was a bit heavy on the romance and coming-to-terms-with-the-past side for my taste, I still found it a relaxing and heartwarming read. (Ellen Fritz)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago