Published by Bloomsbury on expected: March 31, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & 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 a year, 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?
Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
What comes to mind when describing my feelings on The Start of Me and You?
Perfection. Absolute perfection!
As soon as I finished reading Emery Lord’s debut, Open Road Summer, I added this to my TBR list on Goodreads. Having the opportunity to read it early was a real treat & I am eternally grateful to a fellow blogger, Ginger, for kindly loaning me her copy. If you haven’t yet familiarized yourself with Emery Lord, I highly recommend you do so and quickly! Her writing is beautifully done & her story telling is magical.
The Start of Me and You is about a young girl, Paige, who after the death of her boyfriend must learn how to navigate through life and high school while receiving that Look. You know…the look people give you that screams pity & “I’m sorry for your loss“.
The more I read, the more I found myself engrossed in Paige’s life and enjoying every minute of it. I adore the friendship Paige shares with her three best friends. It reminded me so much of my own high school friendships & has a touch of that Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants dynamic that I personally love so much. They are the group of girls that would drop any and everything for one another. As the reader, I felt myself alongside Paige and her friends, almost as if I were another one of the girls. It’s a truly magical relationship this girls have, but in no way felt fake or overdone. The friendship between the girls is as true and authentic as the characters themselves. And the relationship between Paige and her family is one that felt authentic & relatable, especially for teenagers in this day and age.
And then there is a boy.
Isn’t there always?
But he’s not the typical boy that we find ourselves crushing hard on in the YA contemporary reads we find ourselves loving so much. It’s a gradual build between the relationship of Paige and this boy, as well as the relationship between the reader and this boy. We come to know him along side Paige & are able to see them grow together and separately. The chemistry between these two is spark filled & leaves you turning the pages faster and faster until you reach one of the most beautifully written endings to a YA contemporary that I’ve ever read.
Emery Lord has quickly become one of my most favorite contemporary writers. There are so many pages of this book that I’d love to have framed and on display so that I can enjoy them day in and day out. And any author who throws a little Jane Austen into the mix, is perfection in my eyes. I can’t put into words just how much I adore this book without spoiling it for you and that I will not do. I encourage you to clean off a spot on your bookshelf to make room for this beautifully written & beautifully designed book. I know I already have.
Ps. To help fill the void until The Start of Me and You is released next year, here are the purchase links for her first novel, Open Road Summer.