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The Start of Me and You Hardcover – March 31, 2015
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Gr 7 Up—Aspiring screenwriter Paige Hancock is determined to redefine herself one year after her boyfriend, Aaron, drowned. Paige creates a checklist of tasks that she intends to accomplish during her junior year to finally shake off the label of "the girl whose boyfriend drowned" in small-town Oakhurst, Indiana. With the support of a solid core of best friends, Paige succeeds in her "plan to become normal again." The crew also helps her recover from the devastating loss of her beloved and supportive grandmother and to cope with her divorced parents dating each other. She also finds a budding romance in an unexpected place—with Max Watson, nerdy cousin of heartthrob Ryan Chase. The positive and healthy relationships in the novel—between Paige and her friends, Paige and her parents, and Paige and Max—provide subtle modeling for young adults, while still remaining believable and not coming off as preachy. In sharp contrast to darker, more issue-driven YA books, this title keeps truer to the problems that most teens face. The protagonist's upbeat attitude will inspire readers to persevere even during the low points in life.—Nicole Knott, Watertown High School, CT
“In sharp contrast to darker, more issue-driven YA books, this title keeps truer to the problems that most teens face. The protagonist's upbeat attitude will inspire readers to persevere even during the low points in life.” ―starred review, School Library Journal
“This is the teen world as it should be, full of good times and good friends to temper life's inevitable sorrows, big and small. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti will want to add Emery Lord to their summer reading list.” ―BCCB
“A fabulously entertaining story of friendship, healing, and love. Filled with laughter, heart, and a side of sass, this rock star debut will have you cheering for an encore!” ―Elizabeth Eulberg, author of REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY, on OPEN ROAD SUMMER
“Lord (Open Road Summer) offers a sweet story of love and loss. . . . The author is gentle with Paige as she struggles to redefine herself both in school and at home, as well as figure out who understands her best as she stumbles toward new romance.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Reads like an ode to unconditional love that will keep readers firmly believing in believing.” ―Booklist
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The Start of Me and You was my first Emery Lord novel, and I absolutely adored it. It was an instantaneous addition to my favorites list. The writing was fantastic, the characters were realistic and I pretty much wanted to be best friends with all of them. Paige was such a great main character. I felt such a kinship with her throughout the whole novel. I made a ton of updates on Goodreads while reading the book.
Paige is a list maker, like me, except her list is way different from any I’ve made. But the list she makes leads her down an unforgettable journey with her old, and new, friends. If I’d had the time, I would have devoured this book within a day. It was that good.
Max is the perfect book boyfriend. I absolutely adored every moment we got to see him in the book. Ryan was cute, but nothing compared to Max in my opinion. Paige’s group of best friends were an interesting mix of personalities that really meshed well together. There was a high level of nerdy stuff in this book (Quiz Bowl, nerdy banter, etc.), so that could be one reason why I loved it so much. Honestly, it was a really amazing book, and my heart broke for Paige and all she went through, all she was still going through. And there were so many cool references (Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls, etc.)!
A few of my favorite lines: “When it all closes in, there are only two kinds of people: best friends and everyone else.” and “But life is not evens and odds and solving for x. And sadness? Sadness is an equation made of all variables.” and “I had always found comfort between rows and rows of books: some familiar, some foreign, stacks of old friends, and piles of new friends to be found.” and “If you’re lucky, relationships–with family or friends or boyfriends–are limitless. There’s no maximum on how much you can love each other. The problem is, there’s also no limit on how much you can hurt each other.”
Final note: SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK! I absolutely adored Paige’s (and Max’s) story. Please read it if you haven’t already. Now I need to go purchase a copy so I can re-read this for years to come!
I could not put this story down, I was so enchanted by the writing and the characters. I read it in one day. The story is very entertaining. I found this story to be funny as well. The Start of Me and You is well written and it is very easy to get completely wrapped up in reading it!
My favorite things about this book are the relationships. They are the best!
The friendship in this book is spectacular and so realistic. I love how close these girls are to each other. And how wonderful they are together. It is the friendship that warms your heart and makes you wish you were apart of this group of friends.
I really enjoyed how much Paige's family is a part of this story. It is so wonderful to see such a balance between friendship, family, romance, and personal growth!
The romance in this story is just SO CUTE! Seriously, it is simply adorable. I love the interactions so much! One of the cutest romances ever.
The Start of Me and You is easily one of my favorite reads. It is an heartwarming story that deals with loss, grief, moving on, living, and love. This story has wonderful relationships that make my heart happy. This story made me laugh, smile, cheer, and cry. It is moving, hopeful, and very entertaining. I couldn't put it down. Emery Lord has easily become one of my favorite writers and a must-buy author for me. I can't wait to read everything else she writes! I highly recommend reading The Start of Me and You!
What had me, however, was the turning point when you realize that the one you were meant to be with is the one who was right in front of you all the time. It even took me a while to see it but in the last seconds of 7 minutes of heaven- it all is revealed and you really hope that it all can be sorted out. Get your minds out of the gutter. This book is as chaste as Twilight.
The title The Start of Me and You would lead one to believe this book is a romance. It is so much more than just a romance. It is a story of friendship and helping each other through the tough times in life. The romance most definitely played second string to the friendships in this book. Those tight friendships made the romance even sweeter.
I'm honestly kind of at a loss for words with this book. I feel like I can't do it justice with this review. If you're a YA contemporary romance lover, you should definitely read this book. It's now one of my favorites. I can't wait to read more of Emery Lord's books.