The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

the start of me and youThe Start of Me and You
Author: Emery Lord
Publication: March 31st, 2015 by Bloomsbury
Genre: YA Contemporary
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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.

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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.

5-2Bstars

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  1. Well, just by your first paragraph I’m glad I added this book to my TBR this month! I can’t wait to cry over all these pages 😀

    I think I’m most excited for the friendship part because from what I’ve heard it doesn’t turn into catty drama! Girls lifting up girls is A++ writing <3
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    1. yes! I can’t wait to read your thoughts! The friendship was indeed the highlight of the novel 🙂

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    1. I’m happy that you’re now convinced 😉 Really, you HAVE to give it a chance! I’m pretty sure it will worth your time ^^

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  2. Yay, I’m so glad you liked this one, I really enjoyed it too! “It actually goes almost unnoticed at first” Thisss, I loved the romance in this one, and how it also focused on friendships. Definitely a winner for contemporary YA.
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    1. Totally agree with you, Alise ^^ I personally think this is the best contemporary I’ve read this year. Emery Lord is definitely on my watch list now 😛

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    1. Yay! Emery Lord books are awesome but I personally think that The Start of Me and You is more superior than her debut novel 😀

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  3. It’s never a good sign to have grief. I’ve been grieving over my lost pet since she was the love of my life. She escaped my house since my maids weren’t paying attention, she hasn’t returned so I’m using she was already stolen by another family and has no plans on returning her to me. I’ve been crying for that because of it huhu Well, anyways. That’s my recent grief.

    This is going to be my first book from Emery Lord, I’ve been hearing only lovely thoughts about this book. I’ve been trying to get my hands of a copy but to no avail. Hopefully I’ll get to grab one soon this week. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and awesome review!
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    1. Aw, so sorry to hear that, Chyna! Losing a pet is the worst since you don’t even know what happened to him 🙁 And don’t stop hoping yet! She might return to you someday! Still, I hope a book or something can cheer you up 🙂

      Yes! You need to read this book! So full of beautiful quotes and emotions. Hopefully you’ll love it as well <33

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  4. I loved this one so much too (as I already mentioned to you :))! I definitely hope Emery Lord’s future books are similar to this one.
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    1. Yeahhhh I’m so glad I discovered this author :’) Sameee, can’t wait for When We Collide!! Finger crossed it won’t disappoint us fans 😉

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  5. Okay. You got me. For some reason I didn’t think this would be for me (I’m not much of a fan of the coming-of-age subgenre of YA), but you’ve completely convinced me otherwise. Anything with strong friendships and great character growth makes me giddy, so I’m definitely going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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    1. YAY!!! Pushing people to read my favorite book is one of my goals and my life mission won’t be complete if every one hasn’t read it xD I’m sooo glad I could manage to convince you, Zoe! Hopefully you’ll find it as compelling as I was :’)

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    1. YESSSS. Excellent life choice 😉 Glad to hear that, Nirvana ^^ And I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!! I genuinely hope you will love it as well. The friendship isn’t something you wanna miss :p

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  6. Is it sad that I haven’t read ANYTHING by Emery Lord yet? Yes, yes it is sad. I am torn between choosing to read Open Road Summer first, or this one. I guess I’ll see what’s at the library! I’m glad you loved this!
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    1. Omg Val YOU NEED TO BINGE THEM ASAP <33 I recommend you start with Open Road Summer, then this one because both are good but The Start of Me and You is better and save the best for last right? Haha but if you're eager then it's ok to start with this book ^^

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    1. DEFINITELY. And if you ever have doubts, ask Alise and I’m pretty sure she will convince you to start this book xD

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    1. Yayyy! I hope you’ll love it! This book is by far the best contemporary I’ve read this year ^^

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