Book Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Title – Author: The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Format – Source: e-ARC – Publisher via NetGalley

Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamicsThe Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live? (via Goodreads)

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Oh, guys. Oh, man. I think I’m in love. I KNOW I’m in love. This book made me feel all warm and fuzzy and I just wanted to reread it the second I put it down.

I love, love, LOVE books with strong friendships. I honestly like reading about friendships more than romantic relationships sometimes. Paige has three of the best friends in the world. The four of them are a unit, and even when they fight, they never hesitate to act if one of them needs help. They’re best friends in every sense of the word and I adored their joking, heart-wrenching, supportive moments.

And even though they’re complete as is, they also form real, close friendships with Ryan and Max over the course of the novel. I loved how these two boys fit in with the girls, how natural it was for them to join the group.

And then there’s the romance between Paige and Max. It’s so adorable and geeky and wonderful that I’m smiling just thinking about it. I just want to watch them fall in love over and over again.

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The Start of Me and You is a contemporary novel you just can’t miss. Seriously…go out and buy it NOW.

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