Monday, July 6, 2015

Review: The Start of Me and You

Title: The Start of Me and You
Author: Emery Lord
Release Date:March 31st, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 384 pages
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description: Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

            My high school equivalence of Paige’s Quiz Bowl team was B.O.B; also known as Battle of the Books.  So naturally, as I was reading The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, I couldn’t help but put myself in Paige’s shoes.  WHY WERE THERE NO MAX WATSON’S IN BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!?! Ok. Now that I got that off my chest…
            Although it seems really easy to relate to the protagonist of a book when you’re reading it, because you almost always find a few things you have in common with the character, I really found myself connecting with Paige.  From her attitude on life, to the way she handled her emotions, and even the things she liked to do, I had a lot in common with her.  One of her favorite pastimes is going to Alcott’s Books and Beans, a coffee shop/bookstore that reminded me of one of my favorite bookstores in my hometown.   

“Using book lover’s math, I quickly calculated that the gift card could get me five paperbacks, three hardcovers, or one hardcover and three paperbacks.”

I tend to think a lot like Paige as well, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself doing the exact same thing as Paige at Alcott’s.  I think most book lovers can attest to this sentiment!
           Other than completely loving Paige, as well as most of the other main characters in this book (cough cough, Max Watson) I found Emery Lord’s writing on the whole to be extremely beautiful.  It made reading this book such an enjoyable experience, and as always, I had my notebook nearby and handy, for when I wanted to write something down.

“She laughed, and I fell asleep to her descriptions of dancing and banjos, the long draws of cello strings and how being there made her feel like the world might be way more beautiful than anyone has been giving it credit for.”      

            Last but not least, one thing I really liked about this book was where it starts off.  I loved that the plot started after the death of Paige’s boyfriend.  I’ve read too many contemporarires to count, where the tragedy occurred halfway through the book, and the second half of the book is reserved to the protagonist picking up the pieces and moving on with their lives.  I loved the change in dynamics with this storyline, because you didn’t have to wait till the end to find out if the person has a happy ending and is able to move on.  With The Start of Me and You, it begins right away with Paige dealing with high school and other people’s treatment of her after her boyfriend dies.  The book chronicles how she deals with this grief she feels, the horror of being known as the dead kid’s girlfriend, and how she’s able to lean on her friendships and family to help her get through everything.  Grief is a long process, and I think this book does a great job of describing what we all go through at one point or another in our lives.
            Don’t let my lack of the 5th cow deter you from going out and buying this book right away! Contemporaries aren’t something I typically read a lot of because I’m big into fantasy, so the 4 cow rating that I gave this book is simply preference based!  In all truthfulness, finding good contemporaries like this make me enjoy this type of book more and more each time!  


  1. Great review:) Not a big fan of contemporaries but this sounds like a nice pace-changer

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

    1. thank you! And typically i'm not a huge contemporary reader either, but lately i've been finding a few here and there that I really enjoyed! thanks for checking out my review!!

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed it! It was definitely one of my favorites so far this year!

    1. thanks Jordin! i loved it! i look forward to reading more of emery lord's books in the future!


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