The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord | Review

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Title: The Start of Me and You
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Publication Date: March 31st, 2015
Source: Purchased
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It's been one year since it happened... When Paige Hancock's first boyfriend died in a swimming accident, she shut out almost everyone. Now Paige has decided it's finally time to rejoin the world, and she has a plan. First on the list: go out with Ryan Chase, her longtime and newly single crush. And last on the list: swim. Terrifying, yet possible? But when Ryan's sweet, nerdy cousin Max moves to town and recruits Paige for the QuizBowl team (of all things!), her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Starting over isn't easy, but Paige knows the scariest things are usually the most difficult. Can she face her fears and open herself up to life and love again?

What I thought

This book was just the right amount of cute and I love it for it. It's a YA contemporary about loss and love and the things that happen in between and I thought it was super cute in all the best ways. Following Paige and her group of friends around was a delight and I won't deny that more than once I was squealing in pure unadulterated joy because I'm cool like that. Also screaming at the characters because let's get real no book is ever really good if you aren't screaming at someone. This book has a huge heart and isn't afraid to show it.

I loved the characters. Each and every single one of them was unique and true and they were all dealing with stuff, but banded together. Another great thing about this book was the friendship in it! These guys are squad goals. Strong female friendship is something I wish there was more in contemporary and this book certainly brings that. Also Max and Paige are the cutest and there wasn't any insta-love and I'm in love with this fact. So, yeah, great job on character relationships Miss Lord.

However, I don't think this book is all about the cute, but also about family and grief and loss, and finding yourself among all these things. It's about the people that got your back but also about being yourself and figuring out what you want. I'm a sucker for this kind of contemporary, I'll admit to that much.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary read. It has heart in all the right places and it's guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. Also Max is a huge nerd and you really should fall in love with him. Also, Paige, who is also a huge nerd.

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