Emmy & Oliver
by Robin Benway
New York: Harper Teen, 2015. 343 pgs. Young Adult
At age eight, Emmy expects she will be friends with Oliver forever, but when he is kidnapped by his father, Emmy and her friends, parents, and neighbors’ world is changed forever. When, miraculously, Oliver reappears 10 years later, they are overjoyed and expect life to pick up right where it left off. However, Oliver thought his mother abandoned him and finds it difficult to pick up the pieces of his old life. Emmy must find a way to help Oliver bridge the time gap and find a new future with her in it.
This is a sweet YA novel set in the popular contemporary, realistic genre. Examining the effects of loss, the author does a good job writing about the bonds of relationships for both friends and family.