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The Start of Me and You

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  8,507 Ratings  ·  1,444 Reviews
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Bloomsbury
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Lola  Reviewer
Not incredible but considerably more enjoyable than Open Road Summer.

“Okay,’’ he said, leaning closer to me. ‘‘I have a proposition for you.’’ Dear God, let it be marriage, I thought.

Ah, Young Adult romance! It never ceases to make me smile. True, I find most of them YA love-themed books cheesy and predictable to an extreme point, but there’s also something about them that leaves me feeling… good inside. It’s lovely, it’s fluffy, it’s beautiful and there’s a sort of innocent giddy passion comi
I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but sometimes I'll glance over at the cover of a novel or read the descriptive copy and I'll just know, viscerally, that I'm about to fall in love with literature all over again. It's not that there aren't more beautiful covers or better written descriptive copies out there; it's just a gut-reaction that hasn't led me astray. I felt it, first, in the fourth-grade while browsing through a Scholastic catalog for the upcoming book fair and stumbled upo ...more
3.5-4 Stars!!

“The Start of Me and You” was a sweet YA novel about life, family dynamics, friendship, finding yourself and about moving on. This was not necessarily a love story. In my opinion it was more a story about friendship and a coming of age novel.

Paige’s boyfriend Aaron died an year ago in a tragic accident. She still thinks about him trying to come to terms about his death and she still mourns for his life. But she also mourns for herself – her first boy who really notice her drowned in
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Oct 07, 2015 Tiff at Mostly YA Lit rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:

Hi guys, for my first post for The Start of Em and You Week, I decided to talk about how Paige and her storymade me have akind of revelation - one that's made me more accepting and fearless about my own life. Read on for my thoughts about The Start of Me and You, Emery's latest novel, and for an AMAZING handpainted book tote giveaway!

In the past year, I’ve continuall

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
4.5 stars


1. Emery Lord is writing some of the best realistic contemporary YA out there: Tis true! If your jam is contemporary YA, Emery Lord is where it is at. Jump on that bandwagon early because I know Emery Lord’s popularity is just going to grow more and more. I loved her debut Open Road Summer and this sophomore novel solidifies Emery Lord as one of my favorites already.

2. The girl power in this book makes my heart soar: I already wrote a post that was in
Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
OMG THIS WAS SO CUTE. One of the cutest young adult contemporaries I've read in SO long. I just...

I keep hugging the book because it was just precious and sweet and uplifting and UGH all the good things in life.

But okay here are five specific reasons why I absolutely LOVED this:

Focus on female friendships. I love that Emery Lord placed such an emphasis on the importance of friendship and specifically how lady friendships are probably the most important sort of relationship a young girl will esta
Oh what a beautiful book this was! I finished reading this not even 5 minutes ago and I have the biggest grin on my face. This was my first Emery Lord book and I'm a big fan already. *Runs out to buy all her current work* Add this to your TBR list if you haven't read it yet!

For over a year, sixteen-year old Paige Hancock, has been known as "the girl whose boyfriend died". She's spent the last year shutting herself off from everything but she's now ready for a new beginning and to start living he
This was absolute perfection.

There's something special in the way Emery writes the friendship between girls and this book is no exception to the rule. Paige and her friends are awesome. They're all so different, but mesh so well. It's refreshing to read such strong relationships without bitchiness or cattiness.

And Max? Man, I don't even know where to start with this boy. He's smart, he reads, and he debates Pride + Prejudice with Paige. He's goofy and so damn adorable I want to keep him in my
Feb 13, 2016 Nanna rated it it was amazing
Ahhh! What a cute read! So perfect for this Valentine's Day weekend too!

Although it was predictable I really enjoyed this one. The whole deal with Ryan was a bit annoying bc by the middle, I could totally see Max being the other end of the triangle. (Although there wasn't a triangle) I did love how she went out of her comfort zone though <3

Ryan was adorable and I can see myself crushing on him.
BUT I LOVED what a total nerd Max was! I don't know about you but nerds are underrated in YA liter
Mandy K
May 21, 2015 Mandy K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Full Review

I don't read contemporary that often. I'm more of a fantasy kind of girl, I love being swept up in a new world, surrounded by the impossible. But sometimes, I get a craving. Like hot chocolate, or ice cream, sometimes I crave the comfort of a heartwarming contemporary novel. Today, I woke up with that craving, and this book seemed like just the fix. I sat down, and turned to the first page. 5 hours later I was reading the last line and grinning like a damned fool. If you don't count t
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 26, 2015 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
It is funny how you can go into a story not expecting anything and end up loving a character so much that they just made the whole book for you.

This is what Max did to this story. He took an ordinary story and breathed life into it. This story wouldn't have been the same without him in it. In fact, I don't even know if I would have liked this story as much as I did if it wasn't for him. I did like the other characters, in fact I adored Ryan and Tessa, Grammy (especially Grammy!), and Paige but M
The Start of Me and You was one of the few books that I read and actually finished during the months of August and September aka my huge life slump month. I guess I really really liked this book, so much that I read this in one sitting, in fact. Emery Lord's newest novel is a beautifully written story that is bound to leave anyone who reads it with a huge smile on their face. It's got a powerful friendship theme going on, which was probably the strongest element of this book, and of course, a he ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
I read this book cover to cover THREE TIMES. IN A ROW.

I think that alone says a lot about how much I loved The Start of Me and You. It's possibly my favorite book of 2015. And Emery Lord is DEFINITELY an author I'm watching out for. (As should you.)

Now where can I find a Max Watson??
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
Apr 25, 2015 Alise (Readers in Wonderland) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It’s not often a contemporary book like THE START OF ME AND YOU comes along. It made me laugh out loud and want to gross sob (sometimes simultaneously). This book has heart.

While it has elements most YA contemporary books do: being cute, humorous, and fun, it also deals with grief and loss, finding oneself, and learning to move on. It makes you think about what it means to truly live.

The pacing is great, while it’s somewhat long for its genre (near 400 pages) it never felt drawn out. When I put
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
I loved everything about this book! Loved loved loved. What a treasure. I haven't felt this way about a contemporary book in awhile. If you haven't read it yet, do yourself a favour and pick it up. SO GOOD.
Jun 01, 2016 lolo' rated it it was amazing
5 stars 5 whole stars.


I love the characters.

I love the friendships.

I love the development of relationships.

I love Max.

I love Paige.

I love the writing.

I love the geekiness.

I love the references to anything pop culture.

I love Max.

I love the quiz bowl.

I love the english teacher.

I love the nicknames.

I love Max


Sophia Sardothien
May 03, 2015 Sophia Sardothien rated it really liked it
This book is so good, a lot better then open road summer. Oh god this book is soooo beautiful the cover the characters the plot. Yes it's a bit un-realistic but honestly? I don't care. I love everything about it. The friendship and the romance is so sweet. Oh lord when I could I find another book like this?
This review also appears on Swoony Boys Podcast.


Let me start off by saying that I loved this book with the fire of a thousand suns. I get all jumbly inside when trying to articulate all of the things that I loved about it because there were just so. many. feels. If something bad has ever happened to you and you just wish that wasn't the defining thing of your life, this book is for you. If you've ever felt the security in knowing that, no matter what, your BFFs have got your ba
Jul 22, 2015 emily rated it it was amazing
I'm overly emotional about everything right now and I just need a second before I spend an hour writing a review of this

but I frickin' loved this
"You have a big life ahead of you, sweet girl. And beginning again gets easier with each step."

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I was so ready to not like this book, because on the first 30% of the book, the main character really got to my nerves. Paige was not an easy character to love, in my opinion. But the good thing about her was, she got better. But it wasn't only her that gets better, but the story overall becomes great.

So what is
Judith (Paper Riot)
4.5 stars

When Emery Lord released her debut novel Open Road Summer earlier this year, I fell head over her heels for it because of the writing, the romance, the locations, and mostly, because of the friendship. Reading about Reagan and Dee made my heart so happy and full that I was afraid Emery’s second book was never going to live up to it. Man was I wrong about that. The Start of Me and You was completely different from and yet very similar to Open Road Summer. It takes place during an entire
Shannon (leaninglights)
Oct 15, 2015 Shannon (leaninglights) rated it really liked it
Actual Rating 4.5 stars
My heart is so full of love for this sweet and endearing book. It's full of quotable advice and life lessons that anyone can relate to. I really loved the authors insight and message about life, love, loss, family and friendship. The book felt well-balanced and genuine, which doesn't always happen in light, innocent YA contemporary. So being that's what it is, I can't find a fault or complaint. I definitely recommend you all pick this up when it comes out March 31st
Aug 17, 2015 Elena rated it really liked it
Such a cute contemporary read!
Mar 16, 2015 nick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2015-favorites

Emery Lord is a queen of YA contemporary. There. I said it. She debuted with one of my favorite books, Open Road Summer, last year and I was absolutely impatient to read The Start of Me and You. The moment it made it into my hands, I dove into the book and found myself being completely mesmerized by the beautiful story she has crafted. Once again, Emery Lord has managed to create a breathtakingly beautiful novel that shines from every page and that I have no doubt many will label a favorite.

Very sweet and touching! This has a different feel than Open Road Summer. It's lighter on the romance, the main character is sweeter, and there's more focus on family. Someone described it to me as "like a Sarah Dessen book" and I agree.

Review soon.
Dec 03, 2015 Alexa rated it it was amazing

I am an absolute wreck right now, sitting in a Starbucks to finish this novel, tears now streaming down my face. There were a few moments I felt unsure of my overall feelings about The Start of Me and You. But in the end, fact is, Paige and many of the things she goes through are things and emotions I have been through myself. I love that she was surrounded by so much love from so many people too!

Also, I need a Max Watson in my life.


(Originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)
Marla Mei
When I read Jessi Kirby's Things We Know by Heart, I noted in my review that it didn't deliver in its portrayal of grief. I don't mean to compare but once I read this I just couldn't help it--Things We Know by Heart is just mediocre in comparison to The Start of Me and You. The former is more focused on the romance while the latter has so much going on.

There is the friendship which is now so rare in a lot of YA books that I wish every YA book out there would just show more. The bond between the
Thank you Bloomsbury for a copy of this book, which did not influence my review in any way.

Everything I disliked about Open Road Summer--the girl-hating, the drama--was nonexistent in The Start of Me and You and everything I loved--the relationships, the writing--was improved tenfold.

Don't let the cover fool you, because this is far more than a love story. It's the story of four best friends: Paige, Tessa, Kayleigh, Morgan. By the end of the story, you'll love them so much, that you'll want to
Sara (sarabara081)
Jan 13, 2015 Sara (sarabara081) rated it it was amazing
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Happy sigh.

What a wonderful breath of fresh air The Start of Me and You is. Last year I was desperately yearning for a debut novel titled Open Road Summer, crazy over it’s beautiful cover and amazing premise. Of course when you want something so badly – set your expectations so high – there could be some disappointment if those aren’t met. But Open Road Summer was everything I hoped for, and more! Emery Lord immediately became a favorite author
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I'm Emery, and I write books about flawed girls who are really trying, complicated families, friends who show up even when everything's going down in flames, the boy who Gets You even when you don't expect it, and the summer that changed everything.

Open Road Summer is out now, and The Start of Me & You releases March 31st, 2015.

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