Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord
Publication: April 15th, 2014 by Walker Childrens
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
I’m actually very conflicted about the rating. On one hand, Open Road Summer was an extremely relatable read that sometimes I drew parallels between me and the main character. It deserves more than 3.5 stars. But on the other hand, my gut also tells me that it isn’t quite right to rate it 4 stars.
“I’ve taken so many side roads and built so many walls that I created my own labyrinth, trapping myself inside.”
So Reagan has messed up badly in her life. She got arrested and ended up doing community service, she dated an asshole and was left “traumatized” after the break up, she doesn’t get along with her stepmother and over the years she has developed trust issues. What I appreciate the most is how raw and honest her voice is. I guess you can say that I love the writing very much. It kept me turning the pages and there are SO many beautiful lines that left me in awe of Emery Lord’s brilliance with words. As I’ve mentioned before, I was able to connect with Reagan, probably because we both find it hard to be honest with ourselves.
But despite those difficult times, Reagan still has a best friend, Delilah — or she usually calls Dee. Dee is a famous teen singer and decides to invite Reagan on her tour for the summer. I really like that even though the narrator-slash-main-character is Reagan, the way Emery Lord told the story makes it seem like this book belongs to these two best friends. Their friendship is probably one of my favorite relationships that I’ve ever read. There are ups and downs, but I’m happy that they always manage to sort it out in the end.
There’s a romance and it starts out as being all flirty and fluffy. The kind where the girl doesn’t seek romance but the guy just keeps on flirting, which results in some sarcasms and admittedly smart dialogues inserted here and there. And you know what? I. Love. It. Sparks definitely fly between Reagan and Matt and I would be lying if I said I weren’t rooting for them to get together.
“Most complicated things in life are actually pretty simple at the core. We put so much extra nonsense in the middle that we can’t see how easy it really is.”
However, the romance then took a wrong turn and much to my annoyance, unnecessary drama just HAD to make an appearance. Well, that’s basically what knocked a star and a half from the rating. Between that “drama” and Reagan’s unbelievable stubbornness, I kinda stopped giggling and smiling.
Such a shame since Open Road Summer nearly stole my heart. It could have the same level of shippy feels up there with Pivot Point (you know my obsession with that duology). Unfortunately, there’s a ridiculous drama that took out my enjoyment. At the end of the day though, I still recommend Open Road Summer if you’re looking out for a self-discovery book with beautifully gripping writing and well-portrayed friendship.