Title: Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary /Romance
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication: April 15th, 2014
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and 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 break-up ballads and healing hearts. 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.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite a while now, and since summer is coming up I was just craving (another) one! So off I went – reading Open Road Summer.
The thing about Open Road Summer is that it made me feel really good. It made me feel happy, it made me feel glad and most important of all – it made me feel summery (is that even a word?). Yup, I haven’t actually experienced a book yet that made me feel this into the story – into the world of the characters. It felt like I was literally with them, and it was the best feeling in the world.
So onto the characters and their storyline. Dee is a singer-songwriter from Nashville, and Reagan is her best friend. Dee is so famous that she gets to tour the country for the summer and Reagan is coming with her. They experience a lot of things on their road trip, including a specifically cute boy, Matt.
I loved Dee and her storyline – I never read anything that compares to her story at all. I loved that she was super bubbly and very sweet which was a perfect contrast to Reagan, who was very wild and also very rebellious. Their friendship was the strongest thing throughout the book – you could feel their on-going support and love for each other. I wish I get to go on a road trip with my superstar best friend, it would be so cool.
So onto Matt – which I loved. He’s also a singer, just like Dee, but kind of needs to get back on track when it comes to writing songs and performing. From the second he enters the story – I can feel his ‘affection’ to Reagan, and her affection towards Matt. I was like they were actually made for each other. I seriously loved everything about their relationship – even the ending which was very cute (I would have like an epilogue though).
This book wasn’t only cute and romantic, sometimes it was also sad. And since I got a really great experience reading from Reagan’s perspective, I got to feel her emotions too. And it almost wrecked me. When the moment came when “she felt betrayed” (the people who’ve read Open Road Summer will definitely know which part I mean), her emotions were so strong comparing it to the beginning of the story, where she acts to be this tough girl that doesn’t cry, but when that moment came, she went out and so went I. I cried so hard guys, it felt like I was a part of Reagan, somehow. Which means that Emery did a great job. So twelve points for you, Emery.
Open Road Summer is a fun, cute and romantic story about music, friendship and finding love. It will definitely give you a summer feeling.