Open Road Summer
By Emery Lord
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Walker, 342 pages
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
“A fabulously entertaining story of friendship, healing, and love. Filled with laughter, heart, and a side of sass, this rock star debut will have you cheering for an encore!”—Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
— Goodreads.com description
I mean, really, there’s no better way to sum up this book. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord has summer, romance, best friends who don’t suck, celebrities, music and road trips. Um, WHAT ELSE WOULD I WANT FROM A BOOK?
After finishing it, I (1) tweeted the author to say how much I adored it and thank her and (2) immediately texted my friends to recommend it. You all are going to love it.
Lilah (who goes by Dee in the books and is super Taylor Swifty but in a better way) and Reagan are the BFFs I’ve been dying to read more about. Sure, they fight. They disagree. But they have each’s others backs and backstabbing never even crosses their minds. We need to see more of that in YA.
Plus, the romance. Oh, my word. It’s that “I hate you, but I sort of like you” thing that grows into “Ack! I like you? I didn’t see that coming! Must resist!” to melt-your-heart amazing.
And the character growth is really beautifully done.
Yep, this one’s going to be one of THE books for summer 2014. Mark my words!