Summary (from Goodreads):
Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.
She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.
Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.
He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?
Why I read it: Tracey Neithercott told me to. At least, I think I remember her telling me to, so I'm going to give her credit. I actually didn't even read the summary before buying it when it was on super sale as an e-book. Tracey's taste is just that good.
ZOMG Yes! This book hits you right in the feels. As someone who came from a broken childhood (not kidnapped by my parent like Oliver, thank god, but broken nonetheless), this brought up lots of emotions, which tells you it's well done.
The characters in this book feel fresh and raw. I really enjoyed the relationships that Emmy has with her two best friends. None of it felt forced to me--which can some times happen in contemporary romances. The family dynamics with both Emmy's family and Oliver's were very spot-on, too.
Beyond that, the development of Emmy and Oliver's relationship with each other felt natural and made a lot of sense.
kthxbai If you like contemporary YA that makes you feel things, then definitely pick this book up!