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. Add to Goodreads Here
Did someone call for a kickass friendship, A perfect Romance, and a summer spent on a music tour! You know what I look for in a summer contemporary? Light, Fun, and Friendships. You know what this book had? All of the above and more.
For me I can’t look past a strong female friendship in YA and Open Road Summer has the perfect BFF’s. Reagan and Dee are funny, loving and true to each other, no matter what happens these two will stick together because together they are unstoppable.
Dee and Reagan had me laughing, crying, and relating so much! Reading about them laughing about silly things to the point of having silent tears and not being able to explain what the joke was to others just had me wanting to call up my own best friend so we could go on some adventures together.
“This is the currency of friendship, traded over years and miles, and I hope it’s an even exchange someday. For now, I do what all best friends do when there’s nothing left to say. We lie together in all the darkness, shoulder to shoulder, and wait for the worst to be over.”
This book like most YA contemporaries is heavily based on the characters and their growth.
Reagan has a hard shell but a heart of gold. Her Mother has passed away, her Fathers an alcoholic and she has just gotten out of a really bad relationship. This Summer is her time to re group and find herself. She just wants some peace with her Best Friend and to hopefully come back after summer with her life together again.
“I want to reach back into my history with a grade-school pink eraser, scrubbing away my decisions like mistakes on a math test. Too bad I drew my mistakes in ink.”
Lilah and/or Dee is on the rise as a country superstar and on her first tour. She is the girl next door of country/pop and her fans love her but no one suspects that she’s not as happy with fame as the world thinks. Dee’s fame has had a huge impact of her life and while most things have been for the good a lot of not so good things come with fame and she has had to make tough decisions along the way.
Matt finch joins the tour and is a not so famous anymore singer. He was once part of a brother hood boy band and since they split up has struggled to make it on his own. Matt is one of my favourite characters and love interests I have ever read about. He isn’t your typical bad boy or dark and deep. Matt is a good person and he cares deeply about the people who he chooses to have in his life. Also he is really good-looking and sweet so that helps A LOT
“When his eyes land on me, something about his expression changes—like he recognizes me from somewhere, too. I look back, appraising him quickly. He’s kind of beautiful, in an understated, comfortable-looking way—the kind of guy who doesn’t mind seeing a rom-com with you and gives you his hoodie when you’re cold.”
Also the banter was perfect, just the right amount of humour mixed in with teasing.
“Strawberry milk,” I say, eyeing him as we head toward the counter. “Really.”
He turns to me. “Do you have something to say about my snack selections?”
“Nope.” I fall into line behind him. “I just didn’t realize you were a middle-school girl going to a slumber party.”
“And I,” he says, plunking his strawberry-fest down on the counter, “didn’t realize you were a soccer mom justifying her chocolate craving with the fact that raisins are a fruit.”
These characters all put together are the threesome you want to be with this summer and since most of us can’t actually go on tour and find the perfect good guy we settle to dive into the world Emery Lord has created and find THE perfect Summer Read.
My Favourite moment in the entire book is when Dee and Reagan are just being kids and trying to zip each other up in a suitcase. It was just something any two best friends would do that would turn into one of those moments where you can’t stop laughing and your cheeks are aching and you swear yo’ve developed abs.
For a book that is mainly about going on tour with a celebrity it is so damn relatable.
I highly recommend this to everyone that loves the perfect summer contemporary and is looking to take a book the the beach.
5 thoughts on “Open Road Summer by Emery Lord”
Great review! I agree, this is a really great character-driven book and the character development of both Reagan and Dee was magnificent! You should definitely read more from Emery Lord, she writes fantastic contemporaries. I suggest When We Collided because it’s also a summer read. 🙂
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Thank you! I can’t wait to read more from her, I think she’s fantastic. I’ll defiantly be picking up When We Collided the cover is beautiful!:)
Yes Reagan and Dee’s characters grew so much and I loved watching them XD
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This sounds like a great read! I haven’t read anything by Emery Lord but this one sounds so great! I’m always for great friendships, especially after so many books lack having one that it caring and real, great review! (Book DEFINITELY added to my TBR!)
Yay! Definitely check it out its my only read from Emery Lord so far but I can’t wait to check out her other books now 🙂 I love a good friendship in contemporaries, a romance is awesome as well but I love seeing besties just being silly and caring 🙂 I hope you enjoy it 😀