Title: Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Summary (via 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.
This book was really good. I read it after The Start of Me and You, which I loved hardcore, so it didn’t blow me away with awesomeness, but it was still a 5 star read for sure! After reading both of Emery Lord’s published novels, she’s on my auto-buy list forever. She’s such a great writer.
I think one of the reasons I didn’t love Open Road Summer quite so much was because I didn’t relate to Reagan entirely. She was a really interesting main character, but she was vastly different from me. Nevertheless, the story pulls you in. I really liked Lilah/Dee, and I loved Matt Finch. He was adorable. I finished the book in a few days because it was kind of hard to put down, especially towards the end. There was some drama, there was some tears (from me, obviously), and there was love for Matt (from me and Reagan).
Reagan was really into photography, which I think really helped with her character development. I love when characters put their hearts and souls into a hobby. There were some darker moments in the book where we found out about Reagan’s ex. Honestly, this book had a little bit of everything in it. I laughed, I cried (see paragraph above), I squealed, and I really wanted to scream sometimes. If a book can make you do all that, it’s got to be really good, right?!?
One thing I really love about Emery’s book are that she has “normal-ish” male romantic interests. They’re smart, sweet, funny, etc. Sure they’re hot too, but their personality is what really hooks me the most. Nice guys don’t always finish last. I added Matt to my book boyfriend list, because he’s fantastic. And checking now, I have 28 book boyfriends. You can never have enough book boyfriends in my opinion! 😉
Some of my favorite lines from the book were: “Matt proceeded to show us his entire stock of camera expressions: Surprise Mugshot, Blinky McStupid, and Double Chin for the Win.” and “When his hands drop from my body, it feels like withdrawal, like I could develop the shakes.” and “I can’t have him knowing that it feels like heartstrings are a real thing inside me and that he plucks them.”
Final note: Another great book by Emery Lord. Emery Lord FTW (for the win)! I’m positive you won’t be disappointed if you give this book a shot.