The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on March 31, 2015
Genres: Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Netgalley
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Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics, The Start of Me and You proves that itâs never too late for second chances.Â Itâs been a year since it happenedâwhen Paige Hancockâs 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 herâthe perfect way to convince everyone sheâs back to normal. Next: Join a clubâsimple, itâs high school after all. But when Ryanâs 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?
Have you ever read a book that you knewÂ was written specifically for YOU? As if the author took it upon herself to crawl into your head, burrow there for the duration of your life, and thenÂ crawl out long enough to turn it into fiction? THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord is one such book for ME. ItÂ quite possiblyÂ the first book to ever make me feel this way…
- PaigeÂ has type A tendencies – I have type A tendencies
- Paige in not one toÂ take risks – I rarely take risks
- Paige is a bit of an introvert – I am an introvert (except online)
- Paige’s nickname is grammar girl – I correct my husband daily
- Paige’s parents are divorced – my parents were divorced
- Paige’s parent are getting back together – note the “were” above
- PaigeÂ lives inside her head quite a lot – my head is alwaysÂ full of things
Obviously there is quite a lotÂ that I can personally relate to in The Start of Me and YouÂ – because of that, it made it a most engrossing read. I whole-heartedly believe that The Start of Me and You stands apart from other contemporaries and follows Emery Lord’s 2-for-2Â track record of writing about perfectly imperfectÂ friendships and family relationships. The stories that she weaves for each of her charactersÂ –Â the careful attention that she gives to each and every personÂ –Â is astounding. Plus, it goes without saying thatÂ her romance is top-notch as ever.
Do you know what’s the best thing about The Start of Me and You?Â (Aside from the fact that I wish I could have best friends just like Paige’s. I swear those girls know each other’s quirks and have each other’s backs like you would not believe…) It’s the fact that the events that transpire within its pages are never too far fetched or overly dramatic. Emery doesn’t deliberately make characters bad just for the sake of badness. These people really and truly care for each other, just like friends and family should. It a breath of fresh air to read contemporary fiction that isn’t *all* about the dramatics. Even with a plot that involves a terrible tragedy at its core, The Start of Me and You keeps things real and doesn’t try to be anything more than what it is; a beautiful story about the ins-and-outs of friendship, discovering who you are and finding love when you least expect it.
…Is it okay to say that I want my own Max?Â Why must you be so amazing, young man?
Alas, I cannot finish this review with out pointing out the one thing that Paige and I doÂ not have in common:Â How on earth can the fact thatÂ two divorced parents want to giveÂ their relationship a second chance possibly be a BAD THING??? I’m saying this asÂ someone whose parents did the same exact thing!Â (And I am gladÂ to say they are still happily remarried even to this day.) As a result, I am totallyÂ 100% pro-family-get-back-together-again. No joke. It is hard for me to wrap my mind around Paige’s insistence that nothing good could possibly come from their reconciliation, though I guess I kind of see her logic. It would notÂ beÂ healthy for her little sister toÂ experienceÂ a repeat performance of their first marriage…
That being said, I couldn’t find any big faults with this book. It was so right for me.
This book is my soul animal. If I had a patronus it would be shaped like this book. There is so much ME in it. It’s like the author knows my LIFE, my experiences, my thoughts…