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  • One the year's favourites

    When Oliver disappeared that day when he was seven, it affected more than just his family. Although it was known that Oliver's father had been the one who kidnapped him, all the parents clung tighter to their children, some never let go, smothering their children in fear that they too would disappear. After no word or sign of them for ten years, Oliver is all of a sudden home and everyone has to readjust to the boy coming home who is no longer the seven year old they all remember, but a stranger. His mother has remarried, with a new family that Oliver can't seem to fit into. His best friend Emmy, who lived next door with only the memories of their first seven years as best friends, has only one thing in her possession that was a reminder of him. This is Oliver's coming home story, of his trying to adapt to his new life that again feels like he was kidnapped, from his father this time, the only parent he had for the last ten years. He loves his father, has endless memories of their life together, yet hates the man who took him from his mother. From school he missed to the friends he had as a child, it's all new to him, it's like someone else's life. The group of four friends; Oliver, Emma, Caro and Drew became a triangle 10 years ago, they had a whole lot of memories and experience with just the three of them that he wasn't a part of. This is also Emmy's story and how her life changed the day Oliver disappeared. Her parents in fear suffocated her with the rules and limitations. Her whole life she accepted it but with Oliver's return, she no longer wanted to be the bird in the cage, she wanted freedom to make the choices she wanted to make, be who she wanted to be. And although this was the only life she had known, I could never imagine being that obedient and well behaved, I don't know how she didn't snap before then. She was just such a funny person, her way of conversation and thoughts was sometimes hilarious, she's a loyal and giving person, I would love to be her friend. While the main focus is the return of Oliver, there's so much more going on in this book. This is the first book of Robin Benway's that I have read and it won't be the last. I love her storytelling, it has an easy flow, the writing so compelling that you just have to keep reading. I love her characters, they are so real and a little flawed as we all are, but they are people I would love to know. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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  • I gobbled this book up.

    Good story. Emmy's and Oliver's frustrations were palpable. I liked the relationship that Emmy seemed to have with her parents. It was a shame she wasn't allowed to truly be herself with them. Poor Oliver was caught between a rock and a hard place. There were four sets of parents and even the good ones were flawed. Everyone, for different reasons, appeared to be emersed in fear. The dialogue flowed naturally and the humor kept the story from being bogged down by it's not so pleasant elements. I think we were cheated out of the final conversations between Emmy and her parents at the end as well as the surfing date. Also Oliver and his mother are kind of left up in the air. Still, definitely worth a reread.

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  • Really good book!

    This book is the best. I always read it if i cant find good books and i still love it! I do wish there were more books like this.

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  • Heartbreaking

    This book breaks your heart, builds it up and breaks it again. It is wonderfully written. Grab some tissues.

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