The Start of Me and You
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“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 ...more
“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 ...more
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!
TELL ME, WHAT IS IT YOU PLAN TO DO WITH YOUR ONE WILD & PRECIOUS LIFE? -Mary Oliver
In the past year, I’ve continuall
FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT:
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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??
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 ...more
I LOVE THIS BOOK.
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
I LOVE MAX.
ONE MILLION stars.
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 ...more
"You have a big life ahead of you, sweet girl. And beginning again gets easier with each step."
Monsters by Katie Sky
Brave by Sara Bareilles
Dare You To Move by Switchfoot
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Open Road Summer is out now, and The Start of Me & You releases March 31st, 2015.
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