|Title: Open Road Summer |
Author: Emery Lord
Published: April 15, 2014 by Walker Children's
Synopsis: 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 think the hype monster got the better of me on this one. I had heard fantastic things and I was excited to make this my beach read but I wasn't blown away. Now before you take up arms against me, hear me out...
But that being said, for me there were some odd plot points. I know that Reagan was going through a transition where she was trying to find herself and change her ways but at times I felt like we were told that she is rebellious and difficult without being shown it. I didn't quite buy it at times, it just seemed like normal teen behavior. I also had a few issues with the pacing. Things moved a little slow compared to what I'm used to. I haven't read a straight contemporary in awhile so I think I just forgot what they're like. I'm used to the fast-paced action of fantasy and dystopia.
I give Open Road Summer by Emery Lord an 8 out of 10
Have you read Open Road Summer? What did you think? Is it worth the hype? Leave me a comment with your thoughts and HAPPY READING!