The Start of Me and You
By: Emery Lord
Available March 2015
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
This Blonde’s Review:
Paige is trying to find her way back to being a normal teenager, someone who is more than the girl whose boyfriend died. She creates a plan for how to get back to a normal life. Getting a new boyfriend, why not start with her old crush Ryan, and joining a club are the best way to start. Of course she didn’t count on Max. Max is Ryan’s cousin and he’s part of a club that she thinks she could be good at. Even if it isn’t a cool one, it could still work.
In some ways, following the plan works out for Paige. She gets to experience things she never would have tried before, she learns that there are people who care about how she’s doing, and she gets to be friends with so many new people. Including Ryan and Max. What she didn’t expect was to become so close to Max, or for Ryan to like her best friend. But she’s sure that’s a temporary setback. Somehow it’ll all work out.
Paige was so great. I can’t imagine being that girl who can’t get past something that happened to someone she barely knew. The death of her boyfriend has followed, and will continue to follow her, for longer than she knew him. She barely had time to care about him before he was gone. Clearly when you lose someone important to you it takes a huge toll. We never think about how it can impact someone who barely knew you, especially if that person was someone everyone would assume was a huge part of your life. She was such a great character though since there really was so much more to her than that. She was dealing with issues in her family and reaching for a goal that she was afraid to hope for. But she was going for it anyway, which made me love her even more and hope that she could make it all work.
I really loved Max. He sounded like he was so adorable. He and Paige were cut from the same cloth, they were great as friends but would clearly be even better as a couple. Her connection with Ryan is so superficial that we can’t help but like him but not want him for her. I love that they were able to become friends and count each other as someone they trusted.
I would love to see more about the rest of Paige’s friends since they were all so great. I loved seeing the way they were all so different yet were willing to do whatever they had to in order to be there for each other. This group of girls is basically the picture perfect idea of what a friendship with a group of girls should be. Then when you added the guys into the mix they didn’t take away from that at all, they strengthened it, even knowing that there was attraction going around.
I especially loved the class project at the end. After everything that happened and how bad everything seemed to be at that point, it was so perfect. I won’t give it all away but it made my heart all kinds of happy and I did not want to book to be anywhere near ending. I really want to see more of these characters in the future.
Basically this book gave me all of the happy feelings. It was so great because to me it showed exactly how everyone wants it to be. A great group of friends that you know you can lean on is central to making everything wonderful. Then finding a great guy who knows how wonderful you are before you even recognize what you really want and need is icing on the cake. If you like feel good books that make you want to climb right into them then you’ll love this book.