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Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: The Start of Me and You

The Start of Me and You The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Start of Me and You is a really cute contemporary novel about heartbreak and new love.

Summery from Goodreads:
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?

Oh great, a love triangle. That was one of my first thoughts while reading this book. There is a love triangle between Paige, Ryan, and Max. I thought this wasn't an awful love triangle. It was between relatives like in The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy: The Summer I Turned Pretty; It's Not Summer Without You; We'll Always Have Summer, but unlike that book, this one is actually bearable. Paige pines for Ryan at first, but once she meets Max she falls in love.
That is one of the best parts of this book. Paige doesn't have a "love at first site" moment with Max, but slowly grows to love him.

Background on Paige: She is a girl who's boyfriend fell into a river and died a year ago. She still has a hard time dating, and doesn't do it until Max comes around.
That is what makes this a sweet and comfortable romance. Max and Paige are just looking for a sweet love. They are not just in it for the short term, but love each other as they are. It is a cute and perfect teenage romance, and I would love to be Paige.

I really connected to Paige. She loves to read and doesn't really know how to be popular. She is a great main character.

Of course, there is a bad part of the relationship, but it ends out working just fine.

This was my first Emery Lord book. I enjoyed it so much I am currently reading When We Collided.

Overall, this is a cute and sweet contemporary romance.

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