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Best Friends & Second Chances | Book Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You is a total author redemption book for me!

Book Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

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Title & Author: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance

Release Date: March 31, 2015

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Bloomsbury

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

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?”

I Finally Saw The Light

YOU GUYS. I ADORED The Start of Me and You. Which is crazy because you know how I felt about Open Road Summer.

TL;DR – It just wasn’t for me.

The Start of Me and You on the other hand is a big fat YES ME! book. I think it’s because I connected with the premise right away – Paige is a girl with a plan (i.e. a girl after my own heart).

She’s ready to go back to school full time after her boyfriend Aaron died suddenly the year before. It’s weird for Paige because she didn’t date Aaron that long, but the sudden death of someone so young really shakes her.

There are just so many things to love about this book – there are awesome friendships and some of the BEST quotes about true love and relationships. There is also lots of fun pop culture references (that don’t feel out of place), and just the best swoony moments.

And a super epic bonus for Paige’s parents, who are involved and present in her life. They support and love her but not in an absent, things-will-sort-themselves-out way that’s the default in YA books.

More than anything, I adored the growth of all of the characters – how they face their fears and become better people in a real way…and if it involves kissing and laughter along the way, so much the better.

I’m officially an Emery Lord convert!


I love being surprised by authors. After a bumpy start with her first book, I absolutely fell in love Lord’s sophomore title. The Start of Me and You is at times deep, silly, fun and laugh out loud funny – you’ll want to pick up a copy ASAP.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • I am so excited to read this one!! I am so glad you enjoyed it. That makes me even more excited. 🙂

  • I’m happy that you gave Emery Lord another shot! I really enjoyed both her books 🙂

  • Been hearing good things about this one. I’m putting it on my list. A very thoughtful review 🙂

  • Never read anything by Emery Lord but I’m really looking forward to reading this one! *-*

  • Stephanie

    I’m glad this one is better than Open Road Summer. I just finished reading it yesterday, and I was like you – I didn’t connect to it very well. The way Reagan talked about other girls just turned me off so much. Hopefully this character is a little more positive. The Quiz Bowl part sounds awesome.