The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord @emerylord ‏@bloomsburykids

Paige has had a tough year. Her boyfriend of two months drowned a year ago and his loss has overshadowed her life. Going into her junior year at high school, she decides she needs to move on and to reconnect with life. Paige likes to plan so she is soon writing a list of what she needs to do in order to get her life back on track, and central to her list is the dreamy Ryan Chase.

As the year unfolds, Paige learns that whilst it is good to plan, life and feelings can not be controlled. Sometimes concentrating on your plans makes you miss out on what you really need and sometimes your plan might be on the right track but needs just a little tweaking.

This is light hearted, feel good book about discovering yourself and finding love. However it doesn’t skimp over the difficulties facing many teens: parents, friendship groups, being true to yourself whilst trying to fit in with your peers and coping with loss. I loved the fact that Paige was a normal teenage girl and I loved the way she discovered what, and who, she needed in order to be happy.

Paige’s friend Max said: “Knowing what happens is different from knowing how it happens. And the getting there is the best part.” He was right: it was very enjoyable to read about Paige’s journey, even whilst I thought I knew how it would end. However, I also loved the fact that, at the end, the author left me to imagine what might be waiting for Paige in her future; the possibilities for her senior year and the potential for her new relationship.


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