Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

My Thoughts

I really liked this book. It was a quick read and a good story.
We meet Emmy and Oliver as little kids first. We find out that they are next door neighbors, and best friends. Then one day, Oliver is gone. Kidnapped by his dad. His dad tells him that his mom doesn’t want him and that they are starting over. (How horrible is that?!)
Then one day, Oliver is back. He’s been found. He turned himself in as a missing child. But he lets his Dad get away before the cops arrive. He goes home to find that nothing is the same. His mom is remarried with new kids. His sisters. Everything is different, and so confusing.
Emmy is there. She wants to help but is told to keep her distance. To give Oliver time. Can you imagine? Your best friend from childhood, who was kidnapped and feared dead, returns and all the adults in your life, say give him a few weeks before talking to him- even at school. I mean, WTH.

Eventually, Emmy and Oliver start talking again and they share their stories. Oliver’s is crazy but he had a good life with his Dad. Even if it was a lie. What’s crazy is that when his dad reaches out, Oliver goes to him.
This story surprised me in many ways. I think I was expecting the author to sugar coat parental kidnapping. But she doesn’t. It’s a good depiction of the heartache, trials, and confusion that happens when something like this happens. And it happens all the time. Just turn on the news. It happens more often than we think. It’s a YA book but it touches on topics that can affect YA and even younger children- which it did in the book. Oliver was 6 when he was taken. The romance that happens between Emmy and Oliver was a tad bit confusing but thinking about it, it could happen. Two high school kids who were once best friends reconnect and become closer because of the events that have happened in the past. Not only is this book a good topic for discussion, parental kidnapping, but it also shows how to pick up the pieces if such a tragic event happens. Yes, it takes time but with caring, loving, and patient loved ones you can overcome it and anything.

5 out of 5 stars!


One thought on “Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

  1. This book sounds really confronting, especially the kidnapping part, and I’m glad that you said the author didn’t sugarcoat it. You’re right, it does happen more often than we think, and it’s good that such a serious issue is treated, well, seriously.

    PS: I’m new to your blog but I just wanted to say that I’ve tagged you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award on my blog. 🙂


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