It is the weekend and that means that it is time for another book review. this week it is the return of one of my favourite contemporary authors and true summer read. yep, I am of course talking about Emery Lord. So, here is my review for Open Road Summer.
Well Lord had her style down straight from the get go. Open Road Summer was her debut novel (and the last of hers that I read) and it was Lord. It was her style and her characters. she perfected her style with her debut and stuck to it and I am so glad.
I was apprehensive about reading Open Road Summer. I put it off for a long time. I didn’t want to read it for two reasons, firstly it had a really ugly cover. like, really ugly. I didn’t cave and buy it until it had been given a new cover that matched the rest of her books (and no, I am not joking). But I also didn’t want to read it because I was nervous about it. I love Lord and I have loved all of her books. When We Collided is one of my all-time favourite books. and I was really apprehensive about reading Open Road Summer because it was her debut and I had only read her later work and Open Road Summer felt like it was going to be a bit shallow and not what I love about Lord. But I was wrong and I wish that I had read it sooner.
I will admit that this book is a bit lighter then Lord’s usual stuff, but it is still what you expect from her. Brilliant characters with a complex storyline and a cute romance. The perfect summer contemporary. I did find that Open Road Summer was more predictable then what I am used to by Lord, but I am happy to accept that considering that this was her debut novel. I will also admit that it took me a while to get into it, although I think some of that was my own resistance to it. because I was expecting to be disappointed by it, I struggled to actually want to pick it up, if that makes sense. I didn’t want to set myself up for disappointment. But once I did get into it I sped through it. it was just such an easy read. It had friendship and love at its core but also self-discovery and healing. It was a lot more complex then it looked on the surface.
What I also love about Lord’s books is the characters. They always feel so genuine and real. And that was still the case in this book. I will admit that I did find some of their traits a little tedious, but I think that actually helped to make them feel more realistic. The fact that they had the ability to irritate me showed how three dimensional they were. I think the best thing about them though was watching Reagan grow and develop as a character. To slowly heal and open up to the world and the possibility of happiness. It was nice to see a book that took such great interest in self-healing and taking charge of your own life. of not letting your past define you.
All in all, I am glad that I have finally read this book. I just wish that I hadn’t put it off for so long. Although I do now have an issue, I am out of Lord’s books…. she needs to give me a new book now! Lol
4 out of 5
And there we have it. Have you read any of Lord’s books? do you share my love? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.