Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

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5 Stars

You guys!! Open Road Summer was everything! Just, ALL THE THINGS I LOVE. And it was the perfect way to start September and say BUH-BYE to Summer! Yeah, I know we “officially” have Summer until September 23rd, but not in my mind! Anyway, all this to say, perfect book at the perfect time is perfect. Thank you, Ginger and Bloomsbury for sending it to me!

The thing I loved most about it was the strong female friendship. Dee and Reagan have a strong, uplifting, super fun friendship. They get each other, they’re there for one another through good and bad times, they’re like sisters really.

Next, let me tell you about this Matt Finch fellow. He’s basically the most adorable human being on Earth. I loved the chemistry he has with Reagan. Their moments together were just a joy to read. And he’s SUCH a good guy! The things he’s so considerate about with these girls just stole my heart.

Getting a behind the scenes look at what being on tour with a superstar would be like was so exciting! I will not lie to you… I did picture Dee as Taylor Swift, and Reagan as her best friend whose name I don’t remember, aaaaand Matt as Joe or Nick Jonas…at first! It only lasted for a minute and then I could see them as their own person, which was a lot better. I also loved that they all had good family relationships, even Reagan, whose family may have not been perfect but they love her plenty.

Emery Lord’s writing was spot on! No words were ever wasted in this story. Everything fit perfectly and moved along seamlessly. I also found it very easy to relate to. It made me feel like I was in the story and part of this group of people. It was just fantastic. I can now add her to my list of favorite contemporary authors. Do not miss this book, you guys!

Book Info

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Published by Walker Childrens
Pub Date: April 15th 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.



About Emery Lord

Emery Lord is a 20-something Midwestern girl who writes stories about high school and best friends and weird families and the crushes that make you feel combustibly alive and also more awkward than you thought was possible. If you’re not sure how to pronounce Emery, try slurring the name “Emily,” and that will get you really close.

She lives in Cincinnati in a 100 year-old pink row house with her BFF/husband, a closet full of dresses, and lots of books. If karaoke-ing in grocery store aisles or guzzling coffee while impulse shopping were illegal, Emery would be writing her overemotional YA books from jail. Also, she makes up words sometimes. Like combustibly.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

10 Responses to “Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord”

  1. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I definitely liked Open Road Summer, but I did have a few issues with it. I for sure loved the friendship between Dee and Reagan. That was my favorite part of the book! And I agree 100%, Matt Finch is just about the most adorable guy on the planet.

    What I didn’t like was all the girl bashing that Reagan did. I got so sick of that, and it really did start to piss me off.

  2. Amber Elise

    Summer ended like back in August for me mentally (which is okay because I LOVE Fall :) ) This sounds like a super cute romance and I’m always a sucker for the boy next door so bring on Matt Finch!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  3. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    I have yet to read one of this author’s books so I feel a little behind my reading friends! But EVERYONE EVERYONE loves them. And the covers are super pretty. And I’m sure I’ll love them too. I just need to get my hands on one of them, yes? I like that you mention this is a good one to usher out summer – that isn’t something I read everyday!

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