Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

March 2, 2015 Review 32 ★★★★½

Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Publisher
Pages: 384
Release Date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Family, Friendship, General, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & 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 a year, 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?

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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


It’s not often a contemporary book like THE START OF ME AND YOU comes along. It made me laugh out loud and want to gross sob (sometimes simultaneously). This book has heart.

While it has elements most YA contemporary books do: being cute, humorous, and fun, it also deals with grief and loss, finding oneself, and learning to move on. It makes you think about what it means to truly live.

The pacing is great, while it’s somewhat long for its genre (near 400 pages) it never felt drawn out. When I put the book down to get something to eat or go run errands, I couldn’t wait to get back to Paige’s world. I’m going to be a zombie for the next few days.

As for romance, this might be the exact opposite of the dreaded Insta-Love, the two characters first form a tentative friendship before moving into anything else. Slow and steady, just how I like it. This developed in tandem with the storyline and character development. Paige is still learning how to be happy herself and I’m glad she learns to grow and realizes when she’s truly ready to start a relationship.

Speaking of Paige, she’s a great, easy-to-relate-to protagonist. All of the characters are well written and incredibly fleshed out. They all had their own traits and quirks and personalities, and I loved their interactions with each other. It made me want to have them all as friends.

Now my favorite part-this book isn’t just about romance. Like I said before, it deals with so many different issues. Family and friendship play a huge role in the story and it was awesome to see the focus switch between the bond between sisters one moment and the bond between friends the next.

There’s so much that goes into this book it’s impossible to cover it all-it has so much depth. Just know it’s a really great read, and I recommend it to both contemporary fans and people that might be hesitant towards the genre. You’ll want to get your hands on this one come the 31st.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.6

32 Responses to “Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord”

    • Alise

      It’s great because she didn’t start out that way at all so we really got to see that journey. Thank you!

  1. Kirsty-Marie

    I so want to read this but at the same time don’t want to because I’ll probably ugly cry. :( But how can I not now? For one, I like any contemporary that makes you think about life, and even though it’s longish for a contemporary, if it doesn’t feel drawn out and makes you want to read every single detail, I’m in. The characters <3 I WANT TO MEET THESE CHARACTERS.
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    • Alise

      It’s not TOO sad, plus there is a nice ending so :) Agreed, it never felt like 400 pages at all. MEET THEM NOW

  2. Wattle

    Ah this is on my TBR and I feel like I need it in my life! It sounds so good *sigh* hooray for good contemporary novels! I might break my book buying ban for it (and I might not, we shall see how tempted I get lol)

    Great review Alise :)
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    • Alise

      Tell me about it! Contemporary novels provide a good break from life in general but I LOVE when they have depth like this. Thank you!

    • Alise

      Interesting, I wonder how I would feel about that one then! Exactly, that’s exactly what I loved the most too.

  3. Silvia @ Darkest Sins

    It’s been a while since I read a YA book, but I always like reading such an enthusiastic review for one in the genre. And, I must say, you got my attention and definitely piqued my curiosity, Alise. If the story has so much depth, I think I will have to check this book out!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I’m glad you had a great time with the whole read :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you so much, I’m glad it interested you! It definitely stood out to me in the sea of other YA contemporary novels.

  4. Faye M.

    I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve seen you rated something so highly, Alise! It’s so nice to see a contemporary that explores family and friendship and growing up with layers of depth. I know there are many books out there that do the same thing, but really is it executed poignantly. I already heard so many good thing about this one!
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    • Alise

      It’s probably because the reviews are schedule so far in advance and then mixed around so they are out of the order I read them in. I agree, contemporary YA tends to focus on romantic relationships more than familial ones so this is so nice for a change.

    • Alise

      Same! I love to watch that development. The theme definitely has been done before (hasn’t everything?) but I really enjoyed this author’s take, and the fun itself made me feel such a wide variety of emotions. Haha, I understand!

  5. Mallory @ The Leaning Tower of Tomes

    Seems like 2015 is the year I will get hooked on YA contemporaries! Your review really makes me want to read this RIGHT NOW. I actually requested it on NetGalley a while back, but I was declined. Still, it sounds so good that I’m definitely going to hunt down a copy of my own. :)
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    • Alise

      Nothing wrong with that! Yay, I’m glad it interests you. That blows, I hope you get to read it soon though!

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