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

22429350 (2)Hi friends! I meant to write a book review yesterday, but between end of the semester craziness and a lovely visit from my sister it didn’t happen. Also, if I wrote yesterday I wouldn’t have been able to post about The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord, since I only finished it this morning. As the summary from goodreads will tell you: 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? 

I loved the idea of Quiz Bowl being the setting for a YA, contemporary romance, but this book definitely exceeded my expectations for something sweet and a little fluffy. In fact the book wasn’t as romance-centered (although there were some very swoon-worthy moments) as the title, cover, or description lead me to expect. Instead, multi-generational family issues, female friendship, grief, and trauma took center stage in this novel – all handled in sensitive and interesting ways.

I especially liked the main character, Paige, and her combination of quiet and introverted personality with very brave moments – as she calls it being a mixture of both Jane and Lizzie Bennet!

This is a great read for fans of contemporary YA and perfect for any vacation or beach reading you have planned for yourself in the near future. In fact, I think I liked it even better than Emery Lord’s first novel Open Road Summer. Happy reading!

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