Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open-Road-SummerOpen 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.


10 thoughts on “Open Road Summer by Emery Lord”


    Seriously, I’ve heard of this book even before it was released, but I just never really got the chance to buy a copy or borrow one from someone else. I absolutely love fluffy stories, and I’m so happy to hear that this one has all the fluff and romance! Reagan and Matt sound amazing together 🙂 I’m a little doubtful about the drama you mentioned, but still definitely going to read this soon!

    Thanks for the review Kezia! (I love the way you write!)
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    1. Yup, you really shouldn’t miss this. The romance is indeed fluffy and basically so fun to read! ^^ I couldn’t help but to smile at their banters xD

      Omg, thank you so much, Jillian! You have no idea how much this means to me. I never view myself as a good writer in terms of reviewing — there are so many bloggers who I think do it better than me and now gahhh I’m embarrassed o////o THANK YOU <3333

  2. I love when the girl isn’t head over heels with the guy (also to make the guy put an effort on courting her). I liked bickering; and smart dialogues are fun to read. Too bad it wasn’t entirely great read but I think you still enjoyed it in spite of the flaws.
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    1. SO TRUE. I like girls who play hard to get hahaha. And yeah, I guess I was being overly critical with the rating BUT nevertheless, it was a good read and I would still recommend it 🙂

  3. i read this book a while ago so the details are fuzzy. i do remember liking it but i also remember the unnecessary drama. it didn’t knock a star and a half off of my rating but it definitely garnered a few eye rolls here and there because just UGH. it was so so so cliche and made me sad because everything until that point was so good but oh well. i still really enjoyed the book and emery lord is definitely on my contemporary authors to watch list now. wonderful review!
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    1. Omg I agree with you Annie! Every thing seemed perfect before that drama happened and this book could have received a higher rating from me 🙁

  4. I’ve been trying to decide if I want to read this after LOVING Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You, but I don’t know how I’ll do with the drama and the characters. If you haven’t checked out The Start of Me and You yet though I would recommend it! So sweet (and nerdy)!
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    1. I have actually read The Start of Me and You and I LOVED IT!!! My review will be posted soon-ish 😀 I totally agree with you, it was a fantastic book, especially the friendship and it was noticeably better than Open Road Summer. I guess this book won’t blow your mind away, but I’m pretty sure it will be an entertaining read nonetheless 🙂

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