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

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The Start of Me and You

Author: Emery Lord
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Print ARC
Rating: 5 stars

Summary:

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?

~My Thoughts~

This was the first book by Emery Lord that I have read. Upon finishing this book I immediately went onto Amazon and ordered her other book. Why? Because Oh My God I have to read ALL of her work!! This is definitely one of my all time favorites hands down. Right at 18 pages into the book stuff started really… hmmm… how do I phrase this…. made light bulbs go off in my head, made me have small epiphanies.? It’s sentences or phrases that make you have an ahha moment. Makes you say hmmm never thought of it like that before. Gives you a little more clarification on whatever it may be. Does that make sense or do I sound like I am totally nuts and have no idea what I am talking about? Anyways, they started on page 18 and lasted ALL the way through the book. The way Emery writes… It is truly amazing.

I can definitely relate to Paige. I feel like I was there with her experiencing it right next to her the whole book. When she was sad it was believable and I felt sad for her. When she was nervous I was nervous. I was also cheering her on, rooting for her cause I just knew she would make it. Teenagers, and even some adults, when faced with death and other crisis sometimes seem to think it is the end of the world. We don’t understand how the world can keep going on around us as if nothing tragic happened but it does and Paige finds her own way to try to move forward. Emery writes in a way that is absolutely relatable for me in this way. Sometimes even if you are stumbling forward it’s ok because you are at least stumbling forward.

Another aspect that I absolutely LOVED all the way through this book was the friendship. Now I don’t know how many people actually have friends like this but I know when I was in school I definitely did not. Heck, I still don’t have friends like this but I do long for friendships like what is written in this book. The bond that Paige, Tessa, Morgan, and Kayleigh share. Yes they have their disagreements, their arguments but they bounce back from it. No one keeps score of who owes who because no one really cares. That is just what friends do. Paige’s friends don’t want to use her for anything they are just true, true friends. Through the year their small circle becomes bigger by adding a couple people, Ryan and Max. Who doesn’t have more room for more true friends and hot guy friends at that. I have to say Emery did a magnificent job with this aspect. She really, really did. I am jealous of the friendships in this book in a way. I am because I don’t have friendships like that in my own life but in a way I am not because even though they are fictional they are my friends as well. It is nice to think that friendships like theirs really do exist. This is aaspect of the book really made the book all that much better.

Now, let’s talk about the romance. I had the suspicion early on that Paige would fall in love again and I had my suspicions of who. It definitely was NOT instalove and in fact even though this book has a touch of love and or relationship in the book that was NOT the main part. I love it! It is like oops it gradually happens like very very slowly. I believe that the book was more about friendship and moving on with life after a devastating disaster rather then finding love. I just can’t say enough how AWESOME this book is. It is hard to talk about this part without giving spoilers so if I am vague and I don’t explain it all real well please forgive me. However I can say that even though I had my suspicions and I got some of them right I didn’t totally get it right. It definitely didn’t end the way I actually thought it would end which I actually liked. The ending was more real then the regular fairy tale happily ever after ending that is so commonly used these days. No this ending was actually an ending I could see happening at the end of the school year. I give Emery a LOT of credit for that as well because she could have made an ending where it was happily ever after YAY but instead she was real about it. Now don’t get me wrong the ending is still happy but it isn’t a fake fairytale happily ever after ending. Am I making any sense? Have I peaked your curiosity any? I hope I have because I really believe that EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE should read this book.

I want to talk about Emery’s writing style for a minute. I don’t know about you guys but to me she has her own style.  I haven’t read anything exactly like this before. She puts her own thing into it and it makes it so much more. For instance, something I haven’t seen done before but thought really cool was the fact that she gave possibility a smell. She also gave happiness smells. I never thought about doing that or that it could even be done but when she did it it made perfect sense. She definitely has a way with words and I loved reading every word in her book. I can’t wait for her to write me. I need more of her work and I need it NOW!!

So now that you know what I think of this book and of her writing you need to go and buy her books and experience this wonderful journey all on your own. Hearing about a journey isn’t as exciting as living it yourself so what are you waiting for? Go, go buy her books! See for yourself! What do you have to lose? What could you have to gain?

If you have already read this book did you enjoy it as much as I did? Is it now one of your favorites as it is mine?

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