The Start of Me and You
Author: Emery Lord
Publication: March 31st, 2015 by Bloomsbury
Genre: YA Contemporary
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.
Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamicsThe Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s 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 her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s 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?
GOSH. Emery Lord writes THE BEST self-discovery books and more importantly, friendships and the process of moving on. I don’t know anymore. I think this book made me so emotional – like, the most emotional I’ve ever been in terms of reading this year that it instantly deserves 5 stars.
“Knowing what happens is different from knowing how it happens. And getting there is the best part.”
Paige’s boyfriend died and she is still trying to cope with grief. At the start of junior year, Paige decides to make a list of plans consisting of activities that might help her to move on. True, the last time I experienced a great loss is my grandfather’s death when I was 10. To be utterly honest, I have already forgotten how it felt to grief, but Emery Lord’s writing made it easier to put myself in Paige’s shoes. Once again, I’m impressed at how this author writes her book. It’s like she managed to voice and put in words feelings that I could never describe. SO MANY AWESOME QUOTES.
And just like Emery Lord’s previous book Open Road Summer, you can expect an incredibly tight-knitted friendship. Tessa, Kayleigh, Morgan and Paige have been best friends since their elementary years and you can tell how much they care about each other. These girls always have each other’s back and their togetherness touched me deeply in the gut.
“In friendship, we are all debtors. We all owe each other for a thousand small kindness, for little moments of grace in the chaos.”
The Start of Me and You has a romance that’s certainly not an insta-love. It actually goes almost unnoticed at first, with the couple starting out as friends. But what makes The Start of Me and You superior from any other books I’ve read this year is definitely its emotional impact. This book just made me cry SO SO MUCH.
One thing that also sets The Start of Me and You apart from the author’s previous work is the fact that there’s importance given to the role of family. This book definitely doesn’t suffer from parental absence. Emery Lord depicted a very realistic process of moving on and getting over fears. The main character Paige is always physically and emotionally supported throughout the book until she is ready to change for the better.
Basically, it was an emotional ride for me. Props to Emery Lord for successfully making me invested with the story and character’s growth. I don’t think I can quite describe the amazingness that is The Start of Me and You. I don’t think I have done this book justice. The writing, the friendship, the romance, the family, the character growth… All in all, this book is better than Emery Lord’s debut novel Open Road Summer. The Start of Me and You is another gem by Emery Lord so just pick up this book and see it for yourself.