Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy & OliverEmmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Based on the cover, you would think this was some sort of sweet, charming, ultimately boring YA romance novel. But nope. Okay, sometimes it does swing towards sweet, but really, it’s about the domino effect that occurs when a child is kidnapped from a community, by a non-custodial parent, at the age of 7.

Both Emmy and Oliver, besties and neighbors, had their lives changed when Oliver’s dad picked him up at school before a long weekend and never returned with him.

The impact is widespread, and this story takes place 10 years later, once the now 17-year-old child is found and returned home–a home he barely remembers to live with a parent that he thought had abandoned him 10 years ago. It makes for a very layered read, as something that should be a joyous event is actually confusing, overwhelming, and pretty stressful for everyone.

Book 9 read in 2019

Pages: 352

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