The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Series: The Start of Me and You
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: March 31st, 2015
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The Start of Me and You is the first book in what I’m assuming is a duology of the same name. This book has been on my TBR forever, but much like The Hazel Wood, when I was approved for an ARC of the follow up on Netgalley, I knew it was time to bump this one up. And I’m so disappointed in myself for sitting on it for so long. I was thoroughly charmed by this book. I loved all of the relationship dynamics in this book: Paige and her close group of girlfriends, Paige and her sister, Paige and her parents, Ryan and Max’s…they were all so wonderfully written and easy to relate to.
This book opens approximately a year after Paige’s boyfriend dies in an accident, and she’s decided it’s time to get back to living her life. One of the things I liked most about this book was how Paige always had a lot going on; the focus wasn’t just on boys, and that felt truer to life than an all consuming YA love story. (Thought it has to be said – I do love those, too.) So she makes a list including a bunch of things she wants to get done over the next school year. As is usually the case, things don’t go to plan, and Paige’s list becomes more dynamic than she was expecting. Between the grandmother she’s always been close to living with alzheimer’s, her divorced parents announcement of something she never saw coming, and the surprise arrival of Max, she can hardly keep up with the tailspin that is her life. But she does manage, and it’s her friend group – new and old, that help her through it.
For a book that touched on a lot of important issues, it didn’t take itself too seriously. There was a wonderful balance of gravity and humor that kept it from being too heavy, and I read the entire thing with a big goofy grin on my face. I just loved everything that was happening. The friends were so loyal to each other and willing to call each other out over stupid decisions, and those are the kind of people you want in your corner. Another thing I really liked was that this book was able to show us how strong young women can be without making every male in the book evil, which seems to be so prevalent in books I read these days. Unless it’s the male lead – then he’s always an anomaly. That hasn’t been my case in real life, and while I’d never discount someone else’s experiences, I like that it was reflected here.
The Start of Me and You was a story that kept me enthralled from beginning to end, and if you’re looking for a contemporary romance that’s going to be ‘feel good,’ this is the one for you. How could it not be with a near-perfect ending? I know for me, it’s made me want to pick up everything Emery Lord has ever written!
Audio: I wasn’t a fan of the audio of this book, or this narrator in general. Every time I listen to Angela Goethals, I feel like she dramatizes the story instead of narrates it. Which is really too bad, because I like her voice a lot. I think if you choose to listen, it takes away from the humor that can offset the gravity of this story and change the tone entirely.
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