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Em and Em

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski wants is to move away from her home at the Jersey shore, gorgeous surfer boyfriend Zach, and her entire identity. But that’s kind of how Witness Protection works, and Em must prepare herself for an epic do-over as she starts a new life in the Midwest.

Even as she pines for sandy beaches and the night life of the shore, the n
Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Swoon Romance
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
"Be the change you seek."

What I like most about SwoonRomance novels are that they're usually love stories that also deals with important and serious issues. Em and Em is not an exception to that. It was amazing how Budzinski managed to insert all those important messages in one novel. But she did it. And she did it incredibly!

Em and Em is about one girl who have to change her whole identity for a very important reason. Emily and her family is under a witness protection program. Thank G
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I really enjoyed this!

When I started reading I'm not sure what I was expecting - I'm terrible for not reading blurbs and judging by cover/title/author when picking what to read.

And I was very pleasantly surprised.

I loved the way that the story hinted at what had happened but never actually revealed it up until the end, even if it did leave me pretty frustrated at times. That said, I d
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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Em and Em is an incredible book that is all about identity. It has an intriguing concept, many flashbacks, and a main character who attempts to discover who she really is. I actually found this book to be a sort of mystery, for the reader at least, and definitely recommend this to fans of books like We Were Liars.

Em and Em has such an interesting concept. The main character, Emily, is under witness protection and must change her name to Ember and move away. Ember h
Karen • The Book Return
Emily is witness to a terrible crime. When Emily is threatened, her and her family must enter the witness protection program. Her ideal life is than turned upside down.
What I Loved
'Em & Em' was a sweet contemporary romance with a twist. There are back and forth POV's with Emily aka Ember. The first POV leads up to her witnessing a crime. The second POV is her life as 'Ember' after she enters into the witness protection program. I enjoyed reading both the past POV and the current POV.
The characte
Robin Morgan
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-own-books
Just place yourself in the shoes of sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski, you live on the New Jersey shore and within walking distance of the beach. You’ve got a wonderful, gorgeous boyfriend who happens to be a surfer, and all your friends wish they could be in your shoes. Then fate steps in, you’re in the wrong place and at the wrong time, and you’re the witness of a major crime.

The authorities come in, put you and you’re entire family in the Witness Protect Program. You’re moved from a place yo
Cheyanne Young
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that made me smile on almost every page. I actually took longer to finish the book because I didn't want it to be over. I love the premise of a girl in the witness protection program-not only did it have me guessing the whole time about what had happened to put her there, it made for a super interesting story. Ember couldn't be totally genuine with her new friends no mater how much she wanted to, and trust me, you're going to love Charles. There was a heartbreaking ba ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second book I've read by Linda Budzinski! Good read - each chapter left me with wanting to keep reading. I liked the suspense and mystery tied into this book. Also a sense of how someone copes with being in witness protection, especially a teenager. Definitely recommend!!
Unofficial Book Club
My favorite part about reading YA is that they usually have a point. Em & Em by Linda Budzinski is no exception to this rule. And she did an amazing job with teaching the reader that what you do in life and who you do it with, especially in today’s technological world, can follow you. And maybe not just in the physical sense but also through the emotional scars of the event.

Em & Em is a story about a girl who chooses to be a hero. She makes a decision to stand up for what is right no matter the
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
This review was originally posted on Books and Ladders as part of the EM AND EM Blog Tour!

This book was really well written and I found myself really enjoying the reading process. I liked Emily/Ember and I loved seeing her really transition into being herself.

The plot was extremely coherent and well done. I found myself immersed in the story and I liked the little asides that told us Emily/Ember's past and caught us up to the future. I think Emily/Ember is a good role model and someone that I ac
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I loved they this story was written, easy to follow, I didn’t get confused. It starts out with 16 year old Ember, and her younger sister Tricia first day of school in a new city and Ember doesn’t want to be. She wants to be back home with her boyfriend. But she can’t, she saw something and now she is in witness protection. I loved how this story moved along, and even going back and telling the story of how she got to where she is and why. Such a hard thing for a 16 year old and her family had de ...more
Deena Lipomi
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books-read
Emily becomes Ember when she becomes a member of the Witness Protection Program after agreeing to testify in the death of a classmate, leaving behind her boyfriend and life in NJ, but things in the Midwest might give her a way to start fresh with her reputation and a new guy. At times Emily doesn't seem to take her Witness Protection seriously, and it isn't always clear who she is being protected from, but this romance is well done and is her pining for her boyfriend in NJ. A solid contemporary ...more
Rachel Schieffelbein
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There was a lot to enjoy with this book. I loved the small town stuff. I'm from a small town (less than 3k people) and so much was spot on. From the cowboy/nerd/football player to the partying on an old bridge. Lol.
But what happened with Em's character, her growth, was great. It was understandable how she let one action shape her character, and what she thought of herself. Young women (and not so young women) often fall into this trap. And when she was able to move past that and realize that he
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because I know the author. That being said, I loved it! The character is so interesting, and the author did a great job going back and forth between "before" and "during" witness protection. Emily and Ember are well thought out, complicated yet typical teenagers. Even though it's described as a young adult romance, I found it more of a mystery and I could not put the book down.
Melanie Hooyenga
Such a great story! I love Em—both versions—and was cheering for her throughout the whole book.
Pleasant Oliver
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Superb YA fiction about a 16-year-old girl from the New Jersey shore in the witness protection progra--m thrown into an utterly new small-town environment in the Midwest. It has the most unusual viewpoint about witness protection that I've ever read--the impact that disrupting the lives of children and teenagers has on them and their family. Ember, the former Emily, must keep her secret at all costs, yet will she be true to her self when she confronts corruption in her new school that affects he ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is quite a bit darker and more dramatic than the author's other works. The story moves back and forth from past to present throughout the book, unraveling as it goes. It is very well-written. Not a light story by any means. Some pretty heavy-duty themes run through it (rape drugs, murder, bullying, teen nudity, etc.) but it is an excellent story. Sensitive readers or younger readers might be cautious in choosing this book to read.
Kathleen Meacham
Much of this book was outside of my personal comfort zone. That said, at times it was definitely a page-turner.
Sharon Hughson
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even though there were a few problems with this story, it has heart, honest characters and an insightful, timely message. It earns 4.7 out of five stars from me.
The issue with plausibility comes with the reason for Emily being in the WPP. It just didn't seem like a serious enough issue that the government would have invested so much time, money and manpower to get her family off the grid. Was it bad news? Yes, but even with the mob implications, it still didn't ring true for me.
The author did an
Carol Riggs
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, even though it’s not my usual “type” of story (contemporary/real life with romance). The situations kept me reading, the characters were interesting and complex, and the conclusion satisfying. The pacing was great—no draggy spots. I liked the theme of standing up for what’s right, showing that sometimes it’s not easy to do. I also liked how the flashbacks were sprinkled throughout the novel, appearing at the right time so the reader didn’t forget what was going on, yet not o ...more
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My young adult novels, THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER 2.0 (2019), THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER (2016), EM & EM (2015), and THE FUNERAL SINGER (2013), are all published by Swoon Romance YA.

THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER received the Romance Writers of America Young Adult Chapter’s 2015 Rosemary Award and the Virginia Chapter’s 2015 Fool for Love Award. EM & EM was named a "Must Read for Teens" by Your Teen Magazine a

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