Open Road Summer - YA Review by Brooke H

Reader: Brooke H.
Age: 15
Title: Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Walker Books
Pub Date: 04/15/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book was interesting, despite a slightly cheesy plot. It was the kind of book you want to read in summer, on the beach or by the pool. The characters were very relatable, and I loved how the main character, Reagan, developed throughout the book. It was also nice that it wasn't all about the romance.  Reagan's relationship with her best friend was really sweet as well.
Memorable or Forgettable:  I thought the characters were memorable for their distinct personalities and wit, but also for their vulnerabilities and burdens that they were able to deal with by the end.
Cover: The cover had elements to it that I did like, but also parts that I didn't. I liked the color choices; it was pretty and summery. However, I didn't like that the cover didn't portray the contents of the book very well. It's not terrible, but slight changes could have been made that would make the cover reflect the story better. For example, the guy could have been holding a guitar instead of a bike, because his character is a guitar-playing singer, and I don't think there was anything in the book that involved the two love interests and a bike.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

tags:  contemporary romance / ya lit

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