Title: Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Imprint: Walker Childrens
Publication date: April 15th, 2014
My rating: 4 of 5
(Book read from May 18th to May 19th, 2014, from the review copy received from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.)
Taylor Swift meets Sarah Dessen in this emotional summer story of love and true friendshipAfter 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.
My Thoughts on the Book:
Open Road Summer is a pretty good YA contemporary summer read. The title Open Road Summer fits the story perfectly. I didn't fall in love with this book as everyone else seems to be, but I did like it a lot!What I liked? Well, overall I really enjoyed the story. I loved the mix of friendship, music, travelling, heartbreak & romance, it completes one pretty good story. It was fun, cute, charming, and it felt like summer is already here.I also really liked Matt Finch - he's such a nice, fun, talented & charming guy. And I really liked Lilah, she's amazing - really sweet & really talented. But, my only problem was Reagan. I really wanted to like her. And every time when I thought I finally like her, immediately she said or did or thought something that made me dislike her, so I was really conflicted about her. She's amazing friend to Lilah, and I liked that. She was also (mostly, not always) quite likable when she was around Matt, it seems he brought the best in her. But, quite often, I found her dislikable, because she acted like a self-centered bitch. I know it might sound harsh, but that's just how she made me feel for her. It was like there were two Lilah's - the one that when she was happy & around Matt or Lilah, was quite likable, and the other unlikable one. I did like that she was outspoken, and said everything on her mind, but there were some other details when it came to her thoughts or actions that I found quite irritating. To be honest, she didn't deserve Matt.That being said, when Matt & Reagan were together, they were great. The banter & flirting between them was so cute & charming, and they were sweet, and they made me laugh more than once. Matt was especially funny!As I said, I also loved the friendship between Lilah & Reagan, and how they would do everything for each other, and support each other.If you're searching for a summer read, Open Road Summer is the book for you, and I recommend it a lot!