Open Road Summer

Open-Road-SummerOpen Road Summer. Emery Lord. Young Adult. 2014. 352 pages. 3 stars. [Source: eBook]

“This past year has been a lesson in letting go and holding on, and I don’t know what to make of it. I guess I do know this: find a best friend, and hang on tight.”

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

As a One Direction fan, I’ve had my fair share of reading fan fiction revolving the famous touring fivesome–well, foursome now–so to say that I was apprehensive in reading this one would be an understatement.

True to my assumption, most of the content I read through did cover things I’ve already seen in the unpublished stories I used to indulge in. But I couldn’t help myself and read it because I was in the mood for a little fluff–and I wasn’t disappointed.

This book was a very light read, full of playful exchanges between the characters, a lot of flirting, and a feel of how the touring life could possibly be if you were to be a famous country rock star. I have to hand it to Matt Finch for being such a cheeky character in the book and getting me to blush whenever I read his conversations with Reagan O’Neill.

“What?” I ask.

He looks startled out of his thoughts. “What do you mean what?”

“I mean, just then,” I say, “that look on your face. What were you thinking about?”

“I was thinking…that if I were going to kiss you, now would be a good time. Fireworks and all. Typical songwriter, always looking for poetic parallels.”

SEE WHAT I MEAN?! What a cute charming character you are, Matt Finch. I’d like to keep you in my pocket.

This book also puts emphasis on the importance of friendship. We have Lilah “Dee” Montgomery–country rock star–touring with her best friend, Reagan O’Neill. Through thick and thin, they have each other’s backs and won’t let the other down. I appreciated this point in the book more than the romance.

Overall, it was a good and pretty quick read if you want to get away for a few hours and read cute fluff!

Who knows? Maybe my best friend (let’s go Kyra, I have faith in you, no matter how little) will get famous and decide to tour 24 cities! Whatever the case, Harry Styles, I’ll be waiting!!!

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