Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publication date: April 15th, 2014
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 368
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. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
Warning: Minor spoilers included in this review
Open Road Summer is a light fluffy read meant to be read literally during summer. Or taken with you on vacation. It’s a very short book that focuses on both friendship and romance, and leaning more towards romance by the end of the book.
I’ve loved EMERY LORD’s writing, and The Start of Me and You is one of my favourite YA contemporaries ever. But Open Road Summer fell pretty short for me. I’m glad Emery Lord has improved in terms of character development from her first YA novel because the MC in Open Road Summer is frustratingly annoying.
Reagan is the typical angsty seventeen-year-old that has had a very hard upbringing living with a single parent and now she’s joining her best friend’s concert tour to forget her rebellious past. Just from that sentence alone, you get an inkling of how cliche Reagen is as a YA MC and that her best friend sounds exactly like Hannah Montana, minus the double life.
Everything about Open Road Summer is pretty cliche. Summer starts out with two best friends making a pact to have the best summer ever, only for a cute guy to enter the scene and steal the show. You don’t need spoilers to know what happens at the end of Open Road Summer.
And I didn’t really enjoy reading the budding romance because it felt pretty unrealistic for a guy to go through so much length to be with a girl as bitchy and snappy as Reagan. But, I guess the heart wants what it wants.
But for what it’s worth, I did finish Open Road Summer and that says something unique about this book. I still loved Emery Lord’s writing in this: fast-paced and Open Road Summer makes for a quick entertaining vacay read. The best friend, Lilah is super likeable so that was a pleasure to read about her. Although it literally felt like a Disney plot, Open Road Summer does bring some plus points about friendship and new beginnings. I just wish those new beginning doesn’t necessarily require a cute guy with cheesy song lyrics in the picture.
Overall, I think Open Road Summer is still worth a read if you want something light and breezy, and if you don’t mind the slightly annoying MC! I hope you enjoy it more than I did!
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Thank you Pansing Books for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review.