We’re very lucky this year, my friends, because it’s the year of the cute contemporary novel. That’s a weird thing to say about a book in which a boy was kidnapped by his father as a child, I know–and it’s true that there are serious moments in it, as well as important friendships and family relationships explored. But it’s also a sweet, funny book about a friendship between two kids that might have a chance at something more.
Emmy & Oliver is the perfect book to read this summer when you’re at the beach, which is great since author Robin Benway is with us today to tell us what she’s going to be up to during her break! As a fellow LA resident, I can vouch for her list being a stellar representation of why it’s so great to live here. It even includes one of my all-time favorite southern California experiences.
As part of the official tour for the book which we’re kicking off with today’s post, we also have a preeeetty awesome giveaway for you as well, so stick around!
How I’m Going to Spend My Summer Vacation
by Robin Benway
I live in Los Angeles, so to be fair, it feels like summer here ten months out of the year. Still, the time of year is one of my favorites. When I was a kid, I lived for summer vacation and now that I’m an adult, I try to take advantage of everything this city has to offer. Here’s a list of what I want to do this summer. Fingers crossed I can do it all!
- Singing along with “The Sound of Music” at the Hollywood Bowl
- Swimming in the ocean (an absolute must)
- Eating turkey burgers and French fries at Ruby’s Shake Shack in Crystal Cove while watching pods of dolphins swim past
- Going to see A Hard Day’s Night and The Goonies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. (They do the best outdoor movie screenings.)
- Taking my dog Hudson to Fern Dell and Trails Café in Griffith Park because it’s his favorite place in Los Angeles.
- Friday afternoon movies at the Arclight and the Grove. Diet Coke is a must.
- Bike rides in Manhattan Beach with my family. (We’ll see if Hudson will sit in the bike basket. Signs point to no.)
- Stocking up on SPF 50.
- Lying on the couch all afternoon, reading. Right now, I’m excited to finally start The Royal We, The Walls Around Us, and Proof of Forever.
- Going to kickboxing classes.
- Iced coffee from Broome Street General Store in Los Angeles. I don’t know what they do to this coffee, but I suspect that it involves magic and unicorns, it’s so good.
- Hiking up to the Griffith Observatory and Mt. Hollywood, which has the best 360-degree view in Los Angeles.
- Bonfires at Bolsa Chica State Beach. (Bonus points if there are marshmallows involved.)
- Floating in my friends’ pool while listening to the Jimmy Buffett Pandora station.
- Working on my next book!
About EMMY & OLIVER:
Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?
Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.
She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.
Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.
He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?
Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.
About Robin Benway:
I’m the author of “Audrey, Wait!”, “The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June”, and the AKA series. My new book “Emmy & Oliver” will be released on June 23, 2015. I live in Los Angeles with my extremely stubborn shih tzu, Hudson. I’ve gotten a lot better at cooking. I still love coffee. We should be friends.
Win 2 Coveted HarperCollins books!
Galley of Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Galley of What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
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Our thanks to Hannah The Irish Banana for hosting the official blog tour for the book! Check out the rest of the tour below.
6/22 – The Midnight Garden (Guest Post)
6/23 – Mundie Moms (Review)
6/24 – Reading Teen (Guest Post – Letter from Oliver to Emmy)
6/25 – Addicted 2 Novels (Review)
6/26 – Andi’s ABC’s (ABC Post)
6/29 – Stuck In Books (Review)
6/30 – Swoony Boys Podcast (Character Interview)
7/1 – Step Into Fiction (Review)
7/2 – Supernatural Snark (Q&A)
7/3 – Fiction Fare (Review)
Photographs by Wendy Darling. Giveaway and review copies were provided by the publisher.
I really liked Robin Benway’s AKA series, and I was glad to see her trademark humor in a book where you wouldn’t necessarily expect it. What’s on your summer to-do list? Does it include reading this book? I certainly hope so!