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Open Road Summer

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  15,754 ratings  ·  1,710 reviews
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finc
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Walker Childrens
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars, which would have been 4 stars full of praise were it not for one crucial point.

I almost never read books involving Hollywood/star types, because I worked in entertainment for a long time and most stories include cringe-worthy misconceptions or shallow portrayals of both the industry and the people involved. So how awesome it is to find a book that avoids the usual cliches and forges characters and relationships that feel like real ones--and it also takes the unusual position of the BF
Emily May
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“God,” he mutters. “Most girls love it when I write them a song.”
“Well, I’m not most girls,” I snap at him.

*eye roll* Oh yeah, this is one of those.

The more I consider every note I made for this book, the more I wonder if three stars is too generous. But I will stick to my initial instinct because there were things to really LOVE about this bo

When I was in middle school, I had a massive Justin Bieber phase immediately followed by a quick but passionate love of One Direction. Since I was on a reading sabbatical and was in middle school, I fangirled like it was my job. I’m talking 40 hours a week. Full time career. You’ve gotta be prepared at all times when you’re a huge fan - HEAVEN forbid another fan challenge you to name Bieber’s birthday and you don’t have it down to the second. And thank God I’ve forgotten it by now. Oh,
C.G. Drews
This story is equal parts bitter and sweet, and I sorta really adored that contrast?! It also has some super great friendships and romance that was full of bickery-loving-snark, so hold onto my ice tea, mate, I very much enjoyed that. Although, please...keep holding the ice tea. It's gross. So is my interest levels in country music. And yet what is this book about?

country music

saVe mE

It's basically a roadtrip story (sURPRISE the title says so) but about a girl and her best friend, who's also a f
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:
- 2. A book set on a different continent
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O'Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. Her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah's 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of healing hearts and break-up ballads.

But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow t
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, romance
Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit

Open Road Summer was a library read right before BEA14 for me. It stuck with me totally - it was one of those books I just didn't want to end, where every page there was a moment that made me suck in my breath because it was so perfect. Interestingly, I remember chatting in a line with another blogger, and discussing how she couldn't deal with the slut-shaming. So when I came home, I started writing this review, and I realized that I needed to address thi
Anja H.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it

"I think it's the bravest thing in the world - to run straight at love, even knowing how badly you could get hurt.”

Well, what more can I say other than 'I loved this!'.
I'm really into summery reads these days, probably because summer is over and I'm missing it already lol.

Review coming soon!
Jaime Arkin
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Kidding. A singer I am not.

BUT there are definitely some talented singers in Open Road Summer. Reagan O’Neill is ready to spend the summer with her best friend, leaving the last tumultuous year behind her. Her best friend Dee, is none other than country superstar Lilah Montgomery which means they will be touring the country by bus as Lilah puts on concert after concert. Lilah herself is nursing a broken heart so their girls only tour is needed by both.

But ‘girls only’ is put on hold when M
There were so many SO MANY things I loved about this book and one main thing I didn't which knocked it down to a 3.
Let's start with what I loved - I really really loved Reagan's development as a character and how she grew into herself. I loved the relationship in this book and how they FOUGHT for it and really took things (kind of) slow. I loved the snarky dialogue. I loved that this is a girl on tour with her best friend who is a better version of Taylor Swift? Can I say that? Or maybe just an
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook

Why this book?

I heard good things about Emery Lord’s books

What I thought

I absolutely adored this book! It was fun and at times meaningful. The dynamic of the Reagan, Matt and Dee is fun to read. I loved the characters and I loved that each character had their own story of heartbreak to tell. The romance was sweet even though Reagan almost ruined it? How many people need to tell you it was a misunderstanding? The whole situation made me want to pull my hair out I was so frustrated. Wit
Kasie West
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely adored it.
Dilushani Jayalath
I was quite skeptic to start this one as I have more or less left YA romance behind but to my luck or not I still have many YA romances left on my shelves that I have bought impulsively. As this year I am trying to finish at least 1/4th of my tbr list, I knew I’ll have to brave up and read them. Thus I literally just ran my finger through the books and picked one blind.

I have to say, in a way I was actually pleasantly surprised by the book. I am not that heavy with the Hollywood trope especiall
Danielle (Love at First Page)
A special thanks to Lauren over @ Love is Not a Triangle for lending me her ARC copy!


Look. Three stars does not = bad for me. I LIKE my three-star books. I have mostly fond memories of them. But rating Open Road Summer three stars? Like a punch to the gut. In this case, three stars means disappointing. It means in no way did this live up to my five-star expectations. I don't think there was anyone who was looking forward to Open Road Summer more than me. I felt like I was practically begging Lau
Aj the Ravenous Reader

“In the moments when I feel like being truly happy is an impossible puzzle, one I’m not meant to figure out but if you have a best friend you can laugh with and a few good songs, you’re more than halfway there.”

Open Road Summer is non-cliché-ish and almost everything I didn’t expect. One, it’s told by Reagan, the bad-ass, supposedly “bitchy” best friend who is trying to make a new start by tagging along on her best friend Dee’s concert tour.

Both are nursing a broken heart but I really appre
Reagan's best friend is Lilah who is a country music star. She tags along in her summer tour visiting all the different cities and venues along with her very best friend. They're both nursing broken hearts because they recently broke up with their boyfriends and the tour is a much needed distraction. When a publicity sham goes awry, Lilah brings her good friend Matt who is also a singer to be her opening act and together they pretend they're dating when in reality Matt's eye is on Reagan herself ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

1. The main character is the best friend of a very Taylor Swift-like star.
2. And she falls for a very Jonas Bro-like (former) star (who is way cuter than any Jonas Brother.)
3. And the main character is absolutely the flawed girl, the girl that people talk about and write graffiti on bathroom walls about
4. But she would do anything for her best friend.

Jennifer Lane
Hit the Open Road with Reagan, Dee, and Matt

Reagan is a Tennessee teenager who wants to leave her mistakes behind as she joins her best friend, country music sensation Dee Montgomery, on a summer tour across America. Along the way, singer Matt Finch joins the girls as the opening act. Not only does Matt open the show, but he tries to open Reagan's heart. Too bad her past mistakes slam the door shut a time or two.

I love all the lyrics written by Dee and Matt.

Reagan's friendship with Dee is a stre
Laurence R.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of books that I could read every day (and I'm guilty of doing that sometimes). It's just so cute and sweet and it leaves my with a giddy feeling for the rest of the day, which is the perfect cure for sad rainy days.

Although this is definitely a summer book, I loved reading it in September, just before it gets really cold, because it reminded me of the last couple of weeks. Lilah and Reagan's summer sounds amazing, even though it's only because of Lilah's fame that they get to r
Such a lovely and sweet feel good read, which, surprisingly, had me rooting almost as hard for a set of side characters as it had me rooting for the actual “main couple”.
Admittedly, I'm a little confused by the hype surrounding Open Road Summer. Lord's debut is striking, distinctly flavorful in its focus on strong female friendships, diversity, and prickly heroines. Nevertheless, the glowing five-star reviews around the blogosphere left me with an intangible wanting when it came to the end of this novel. Open Road Summer is a debut I wouldn't hesitate to thrust upon readers, particularly those looking to bridge the gap between YA and NA, but a perfect novel it i ...more
Mackenzie Lane
This is somewhere between a 2.5 and a 2.75 ✨

It's not a bad book, by any means. It's just not memorable.

And Reagan, our main character, was not very likeable. Like at all. She was judgmental toward any girl that wasn't her best friend, Dee, but in an entirely hypocritical way. Allow me to give you some examples:

"I survey her appearance, which is so obvious - long hair, skintight dress, and stacked heels. This look is amateur, the one I'd resort to if I was feeling lazy. I thought Matt had better
1.5 / 5

As someone who enjoyed Emery Lord’s other novels, this one really disappointed me! It honestly felt as though someone else wrote this. It’s rather baffling. And to be frank, I wasn’t interested in this novel in the slightest, so rounding up to 2 stars might be a little high.

From the first chapter, I knew I wasn’t going to like this book; so maybe I should have put it aside and listened to my gut instinct. But no, I was determined, because I wanted to give the first few chapters the bene
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a taped-together girl, but I can carry my own baggage. What I can't do is pretend I'm weightless, unburdened.

4.5 stars
Do you know the feeling when you're browsing for books, notice one on the shelf and without even knowing what it's about, you just know you're gonna love it? That's how I found this book. Spotted it by accident and from the first look I kinda felt that we would have a good time together. And we did. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me get lost inbetween those pag
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

Open Road Summer started out great and I thought was headed for 4 star read. One of the things that lured me in is Dee and Reagan’s friendship. It reminded me of Lissa and Rose from Vampire Academy…that’s how strong their bond is but still not the same.

Open Road Summer is a sweet read and has something to offer. However, what turned me off is the protagonist Reagan, who terrorizes anyone that has a female anatomy that isn’t her best friend (Dee) who
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Music, fame, family, friendship, love.

This was a sweet little listen. I liked the narrator's performance, she really brought the characters to life.

Although it didn't really push any boundaries or challenge me in any way, this was quite enjoyable and ticked all of the right boxes for a summer read/listen. It was easy to dip in and out of, easy to like some of the characters.

I loved how friendship was explored, and all of the little nuances in the writing that showed the relationships.
Caroline Talton
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2015, 2017, 2019
After reading both of her books in the span of three days, I can officially say that Emery Lord is a new favorite author of mine. I loved the Start of Me and You, and to my delight, Open Road Summer was just as amazing. I loved the friendship between Dee and Reagan, and the added aspect of Dee's fame was really interesting and different to read. I think we can only hope to have a friendship like theirs.
Reagan was really dealing with a lot of hard things throughout this novel, and so seeing her
Julie Zantopoulos
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2018
This was just a cute fluffy summer read. Sure there was drama but how intense can a Taylor Swift fan fic story get? Honestly, kinda intense but it was done well. It was just what I needed, mindless, fast, and sweet. Matt is adorable, Reagan is firey and stubborn and Dee is living a life she wasn't fully prepared for and they're all pretty great.

Honestly, not a ton to say about the book other than, if you're looking for a cute contemporary this is a great one.

Trigger Warnings for domestic abuse
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2016
I have no idea what rating I want to give. I loved some parts, others made me angry enough that I was close to throw the book out of my window. I'm in love with Matt Finch and Reagan's best friend Dee, but I've wanted to punch Reagan in the face repeatedly more times than I can count.
Thing is, I absolutely don't mind 'unlikable' heroines. How I loathe that phrase anyway. What even is an unlikable heroine??? Is it a villain?? Someone with questionable morals? Or just a girl who makes mistakes, wh
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need-to-review
I liked this book so much! Some favorite things:
1) This book is as much about Reagan's friendship with Dee as it is a romance. I was as invested in their relationship and what was going on in Dee's life as Reagan's. (I did think of Dee as Taylor Swift for a large part of this book, though she is definitely not a carbon copy).
2) The importance placed on friendships, including in romantic relationships - taking time to hang out, build trust and know another person - is refreshing.
3) Matt Finch!!
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