The Start of Me and You

Finished The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

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?”

You may remember how much I flailed over Open Road Summer when I read that last year.  I knew from the first page that Emery Lord was going to become one of my must-buy authors, and I was so excited to get a chance to read The Start of Me and You early.

I will admit, though, that part of me was a little uneasy.  Could I really love this as much as I did her debut?

The answer was an absolute yes.  I even ended up preferring it.  (Blasphemy, I know.)

I absolutely love Paige and felt so horrible for her initially.  I know the look that people get (That Look, as it is referred to repeatedly throughout the book) and was cheering so hard for her to be able to move on with her life.  And I loved Ryan, the world’s sweetest crush.

But Max.  Oh sweet God, Max.  Perfect, awesome Max.  (Shiny Max who loves Firefly!)

I had the world’s goofiest smile on my face the whole time I was reading this. I absolutely love Emery Lord, and the countdown is on until she releases her third book.  It literally cannot come quickly enough.

Highly recommended.

 

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