Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on March 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, YA
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O'Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. Her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah's 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of healing hearts and break-up ballads.
But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.
A fresh new voice in this growing genre, Emery Lord's gorgeous debut hits all the right notes of contemporary romance.
What I Thought…
• Open Road Summer was so amazingly good I don’t even know where to begin. The writing. The characters. The story. It was all perfect.
• I’ve heard a lot of good things about Open Road Summer, but given my aversion to country music it wasn’t high on my priority list. Huge mistake.
• Emery Lord knows how to write. How to make you feel for the characters and for the story in general. I absolutely LOVED the song lyrics. The added an extra special something to the book and I know that Open Road Summer wouldn’t have been as awesome without them.
• Reagan is not your typical teenager that you read about in books. She’s made some big mistakes, used to smoke and drink. Of course she also comes with the typical family issues and a bad news ex-boyfriend issue. She is intent on making changes though, even though she struggled at times.
• Dee, Reagan’s best friend, is one of the best best friends around. She is there for Reagan, wants what’s best for her and is always on her side. They do have a little spat (what pair of high school bff’s doesn’t?) but they work through it because they have a friendship worth saving. Even though the focus of Open Road Summer isn’t on Dee, she is going through some things of her own that added a lot to the book.
• Matt joins up on the tour to help Dee out with a situation and you can immediately feel the tension and attraction between Matt and Reagan. They bicker and have fun and you can feel how much they like each other, before they act on it in any way. When they finally get together I couldn’t help but smile and when they went through a tough patch I felt it too. Even though I figured in the end all would be well it hurt my heart a bit when they were apart.
Overall Open Road Summer was one of the best books I read in 2014 and Emery Lord is an auto buy author for me!