Emmy & Oliver: guest post + HarperCollins giveaway

June 22, 2015 2015, giveaway, realistic fiction, Robin Benway, Wendy 35

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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!

vine-divider-finalHow 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.)
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  • 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!
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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.

EMMY & OLIVER links: Amazon | Goodreads | B&N | iBooks | The Book Depository

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.

Robin’s Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram



Win 2 Coveted HarperCollins books!

To celebrate the release of Emmy & Oliver, we’re giving you a chance to win 2 upcoming fall ARCs from HarperCollins!walk on earth a stranger

Galley of Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Galley of What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

You KNOW you want them! Open to US residents, please see complete rules on the entry form created by The Irish Banana.

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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.

Tour Schedule:

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!

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35 Responses to “Emmy & Oliver: guest post + HarperCollins giveaway”

  1. Kara

    Dude, can I spend my summer with Robin? I’d also love to spend my summer with these books. Let the warm weather commence!

  2. Thomas

    Great post as always, Wendy! While I have not been hit in the feels by too many YAs this year so far (excluding Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not), I look forward to reading more on what you guys deem exceptional at the Midnight Garden. My summer plans include full time research, some part-time work, and hopefully some reading and writing: glad to see you guys still consistently putting out post after post here.
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  3. Carina Olsen

    Stunning tour post Wendy :D Thank you for sharing about this book. <3 And aw, I'm so glad you loved it :) I adore your photo. This book do seem all kinds of cute and awesome. I think that maybe I would like it. Maybe. I'm unsure, still :) Not my genre :\ But yess, there are SO MANY contemporary books out this year ;p Thank you for sharing sweet girl. <3
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  4. J. Oh

    Ooh, thanks for the heads-up! Even though not many of my favorite books are YA contemporary romance, I keep trying them because I love cute, fun romance. Hoping this will be one of those :) And I’d heard of Rae Carson’s book, but not What We Saw, and they both sound super interesting.

  5. Jennifer

    I haven’t been that interested in contemporary young adult fiction lately, but this sounds as if it may get me back in the mood. Looks cute!

    Oooh the new Rae Carson… gimme gimme!!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Contemporary YAs are very hit or miss for me, but 2015 has had the MOST enjoyable ones I’ve read over the past few years! Is it “issue” books you don’t care for, or angsty romances? I feel like the market was saturated with those for the longest time, and I’m not a fan of either.

      I LOVE your avatar, by the way! I don’t suppose you did it yourself? The illustration and colors are both fantastic.

  6. Pili @ In Love With Handmade

    I wasn’t 100% sure about reading this one, not being a bit contemporary reader, but it sounds like something more than you regular book about a boy and a girl!

    Hollywood Forever Cementery movie viewings? That sounds quite fantastic, but… are there any weeping angels in there? Because I can never look at a cementary angel the same way after Blink, the Doctor Who episode!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Contemporaries can be a tough sell for me too, but I think we have similar tastes in them, Pili–didn’t you love SIMON VS as well? If you did, I think you’ll enjoy this! and EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING as well.

      And yessssss the cemetery screenings are one of my favorite LA things to do. There are indeed weeping angels, but I have never seen that Dr. Who episode so I’ll continue to go and be blissfully ignorant of whatever terrible things that might happen.

  7. Hilary

    This sounds like a lovely read. I’m so excited to read this!! I also love how this book is focused on family and friendship with less of an emphasis on romance. Consider this book on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Wendy!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Yes! There’s definitely a bit of romance, but the other stuff is just as important. I’m glad you saw the giveaway, and thanks for saying hi!

  8. BSheff

    Emmy and Oliver sounds like it’s right up my alley! I will definitely be reading it!

    Also, OMG the new Rae Carson??!! I’m obsessed with her previous books and the amazing world building! Can’t wait to read this new one!

    • Wendy Darling

      Good! Everyone should pick this one up!

      If you’re a Rae Carson fan, I’m glad you saw the giveaway, then! I was excited to see that Harper included it in this giveaway.

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m glad you enjoyed this one, too! I didn’t know how she would pull off a more light-hearted book when there’s a kidnapping involved, but she did.

  9. Lia

    Oooooh Emmy and Oliver is one of my most anticipated reads of 2015! Robin’s list sounds like soooo much fun but the only 2 that apply to my summer are buying sunscreen and trying to write.