Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Our Rating: 4.5
Goodreads Rating: 3.9
This Book in a Song: Count on Me by Bruno Mars, This is What it Takes by Shawn Mendes
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.
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord was the perfect mixture of friendship and romance. This is a story about heartbreak and trust. Reagan O’Neill has a messed up past. But that’s the past. Trying to start new, she decides to spend all summer with her best friend. This best friend happens to be Delilah Montgomery, the rising country superstar. Reagan knows Delilah as Dee while the world knows her as Lilah. They were best friends from the beginning, before all the fame. Dee stuck by Reagan in her darkest times and Reagan is more than thankful. Both girls are hoping to move on from their last heartbreaks. Along the tour, Reagan and Dee learn to let go and forgive. Romance is sparking between Matt, Dee’s heartthrob friend, and Reagan. But for the relationship to sprout, Reagan needs to open up and let go of her ex. The best friends find shelter in each other and together they can overcome anything. Overall the theme of friendship prevails. In the words of Delilah Montgomery: “find a best friend, and hang on tight” (pg 324).
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord was just the book I was looking for. I was looking for a contemporary book with a balance of topics. This book was perfect. Like I said before it’s a perfect mixture of friendship and romance. When a book is all romance it could be overwhelming. But this book was not only about romance. It was about the bond between two best friends. In my opinion, that is one of the most important relationships you are going to form. If you find the right friend, they will stick by your side no matter what. Just like Dee stuck by Reagan even when she got into big messes. Dee was always there to pick up the pieces; she never backed down, even if the situation seemed impossible. Always having somebody to bring out the best in you is important.
Of course I loved the romance aspect of the book. I love how Matt has to fight for Reagan. He has to work for even a smile out of her. Even though he sees all the mistakes she has made, he looks past that and see a beautiful girl. He’s been hurt too and understands why she puts up her emotional barriers. Matt spends most of the book slowly working down her barriers. Not just because of attraction but because he cares for her. And of course there’s Dee and Jimmy, Dee’s high school sweetheart. Even though they broke up, you can tell they both still care deeply for each other.