Thursday, May 1, 2014

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

**Thank you Bloomsbury Kids for providing me an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! 

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 do not know how I am supposed to write a review for this book without it pretty much containing nothing but gushing and fan-girling. It was THAT good. This seriously has got to be one of my favorite YA contemporaries of all times. And if Emery could make Matt Finch seriously come to life there isn't anything I wouldn't do for that woman! He is definitely going on the list of book honor that does not happen lightly!

Anyways, let me try to at least go about writing a review that makes some sense...this book had all the amazing, swoony, and romantic moments but honestly the best part of this book was the friendship between Dee and Reagan. They were true friends in every sense of the word. They stayed there for each other through thick and thin and no matter what put each other first. I think most people, especially at such a young age, to have that fame would quickly lose themselves and forget their friends, but not Dee, this girl is someone I couldn't help but love and she was the best to Reagan. I love how she kept her so grounded and was just there for her when most people probably would of just walked away. Reagan was a tough girl on the outside, having had a lot of deep rooted issues because of family life but when it came to Dee she let her soft side show and you couldn't have asked for a better person to be on Dee's side when it came down to it. I think both girls really learned a lot from each other and they were such opposites but both searching for the same things at the end of the day....just to be able to find themselves and do the best they could.

Now back to Mr. Finch.....y'all THIS GUY!! I'm such a huge bad boy fan but Matt is just not that, he is sweet, caring, a good friend, just everything great you can think of...that's him. The journey Matt and Reagan go on, I was so wrapped up in it. He was going through his own stuff and somehow he and Reagan helped each other and they just fit. I love that he continuously pushed through her walls and wouldn't back down without a fight. He was just....swoony y'all...that's the best I got....there are no words really.

At the end of this book I was grinning SO huge, I shed a few tears, I said a few awes, and I laughed several laughs. I'm super picky about my contemporaries but this was a 5 star from the beginning. It will make you feel like you are on the tour bus and you will seriously never want to get off! I can NOT recommend this book enough! 



  1. I'm really happy to hear you liked it so much because I was a little skeptical. Cool review!

  2. The more reviews I read about this book, the more convinced I am that I need to read it as soon as possible!!
    Thank you for insisting on how important the friendship between Dee and Reagan is in this book, that is so not the focus in too many books and sounds like a fantastic change!
    Your review was fantastic, Crystal! The fangirling and the gushing never got in the way of coherence and only made me want to read it more!


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