{Review/Giveaway} OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord

The First Loves Blog Tour is hosted by Bloomsbury and features YA authors: 
Jillian Cantor, Mandy Hubbard, Lindsey Leavitt, Emery Lord, and Kristin Rae.
Blog Tour Schedule

Addicted Readers  Q&A 5/6
Anna Reads  Q&A 5/7
Fic Fare  Q&A 5/8
Andi's ABCs  Q&A 5/9
GReads  Q&A 5/12
Bookish  Q&A 5/13
Yadultreview  Q&A 5/14
Gone Pecan  Q&A 5/15
A Backwards Story  Q&A 5/16
Dear Teen Me: Emery    5/19
Dear Teen Me: Lindsey 5/20
Dear Teen Me: Kristin    5/21
Dear Teen Me: Jillian      5/22
Dear Teen Me: Mandy  5/23
UK: Fiction Fascination   (Fool Me Twice) 5/26
UK: Book Passion for Life (Wish You Were Italian) 5/27
UK: is Bloggers[heart]Books (Searching for Sky) 5/28
AUS: Behind the Pages   (Searching for Sky) 5/28
AUS: Fictional Thoughts (Wish You Were Italian) 5/29
AUS: She Known As Jess (Fool Me Twice) 5/30

Did you see my awesome tour stop this past Friday featuring an interview with all five touring Bloomsbury First Loves Authors on their Best First Date Ever?
Check it out!!!

In addition to the following interview, 
I'm also giving away a book of your choice! 

You can choose from:

SEARCHING FOR SKY by Jillian Cantor
FOOL ME TWICE by Mandy Hubbard
THE CHAPEL WARS by Lindsey Leavitt

And that's not all! I've already reviewed 


(AND there will be new giveaway entries with each review! ^.~)
O P E N I N G   H O O K:

    THE FANS SCREAM FOR HER, BUT THEY don't really know the girl on the magazine covers--the girl with the guitar and the easy smile. Her given name is Delilah, and they think she goes by Lilah. But anyone who really knows my best friend calls her Dee. They think she's seventeen, and she is. But she never acts seventeen. She acts either thirty years old, like a composed professional, in record-label meetings and interviews, or twelve years old, with me--giggling like we did back when she still had braces, back when our summer plans were nothing more than sleepovers and swimming at the pool. They think she wrote the songs on this album while getting over a breakup. But they're wrong. She's not over it. Not even close.
(Page 1,  US ARC Edition)

You might want to grab a poncho, bookworms. I'm about to drool all over you today. I loved OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord. Loved, loved, loved. And you know I don't say that lightly! Contemporary novels--and especially contemporary YA--are not my favorite thing to read. I can't tell you what it was about OPEN ROAD SUMMER, but I absolutely adored it. In March, I was going through a really bad reading slump, and this book plus Kasie West's THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US pulled me out of the slump (When no fantasy could!). I've been not-so-patiently waiting for it to be May so I could tell you all about this fabulous book. If you're not reading it, you should be. No, really, I don't care what genre you read. You should! This reminds me of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins, a book I never thought I'd love, but I'm constantly re-reading various parts and I just love it and the characters so much. OPEN ROAD SUMMER has that same emotion for me, albeit in very different ways.

Reagan and her best friend Dee are both nursing broken hearts. Reagan broke up with her boyfriend after he cheated on her and contributed to the fact that her arm is now in a sling. Dee is a singing superstar, and had to break up with her true love due to the ugly side of fame. Dee is on tour this summer, and brings her bestie along for the ride. After a made-up scandal hits the tabloids, Dee's label adds former child sensation Matt Finch to the tour as an opening act. Dee and Matt are supposed to pretend they're in a relationship, but Reagan is falling for him for real. And that's a problem. Reagan isn't willing to destroy her friendship with Dee over a boy, especially now that she's turned over a new leaf. This summer will change Reagan and Dee in so many ways, bringing them closer together even as it tears them further apart.

This book. This book! I can't even explain what made it leave an imprint on my heart. It just made me happy. I hated putting it down, and just wanted to keep coming back and reading more. I loved Emery Lord's character development, and was sad there weren't more books by her to read right away. (Is it Spring 2015 yet??) I would love to see this picked up as a movie because I want to hear some of the songs from the book for real, especially the ones from Matt. They're just the sort of thing I'd have on my iPod (Some creative person needs to record "Human" on YouTube and share it as a fan project!). I really, really wish he was real! Dee reminds me of a cross between Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lawrence. Her story resembles Swift's, and her personality (and the way she brings her besties to the best places!) remind me strongly of Lawrence. I sort of would love to see another book in this world just to see what happens to Dee, though I also don't think such a book is necessary. Reagan isn't just a tag-along, either. She has her photography, and a summer away from home is exactly what she needs to clean up the mess her life has become. At times, she can be unlikable, but she's also so easy to root for and care about. I just wanted her to be happy, to heal and move on. The friendship between Reagan and Dee was strong, too. I want more YA novels that have a good, solid friendship. Sure, there are bad situations that can tear friends apart, but if your friendship is strong enough, it can overcome anything. To me, the heart of this novel is the way these two girls support one another and grow together, even as life is moving them in different directions.

If you're looking for a book that captures summer to read outside on a warm, sunny day, let it be OPEN ROAD SUMMER. It has that sense of "Wish Fulfillment," because who hasn't dreamed of being a famous actor or singer and going around being a superstar...or being the best friend of one and going along for the ride? It has a summer romance where the characters have to work for it rather than experiencing a rash case of insta-love. It has a beautiful friendship at its core. It has so much to offer, and it's just what the doctor ordered for you while you're on summer vacation!


Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: mild ( kissing; sexual references but nothing explicit; Reagan isn't a virgin, but there isn't sex in this book )
Language: mild ( mild language, sexual references.  )
Violence: none
Other: mild ( underage drinking and smoking )

This is a new system I'm trying out, since I never know how to bring up the fact that younger readers may not be ready for a book without talking about the reasons WHY. This makes it harder to accidentally stumble on that information.

What are your thoughts? Keep it/Alter it/Get rid of it? 
C O V E R   D E S I G N:

It's a pretty standard contemporary cover imo, but again...I'm not a contemporary girl. It takes more than a kissing couple for me to take a second glance. While it doesn't capture the magic of being on the road and touring, it does capture a scene from the book. That gets extra points from me, because I hate when covers feature scenes that are meaningless!
O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Author: Emery Lord
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Walker / Bloomsbury

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.

Emery Lord is a 20-something Midwestern girl who writes stories about high school and best friends and weird families and the crushes that make you feel combustibly alive and also more awkward than you thought was possible. If you're not sure how to pronounce Emery, try slurring the name "Emily," and that will get you really close.     

She lives in Cincinnati in a 100 year-old pink row house with her BFF/husband, a closet full of dresses, and lots of books. If karaoke-ing in grocery store aisles or guzzling coffee while impulse shopping were illegal, Emery would be writing her overemotional YA books from jail. Also, she makes up words sometimes. Like combustibly.

Author Links:  Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest


Ready to check out

Enter to win your own copy now!

I'm giving away a Bloomsbury First Loves book of your choice this month! 

(New entries added with each post!)

INT if Book Depository ships to you! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Hmm! Sunshine and REALLY fun people and heaps of eye candy and good food!

  2. Something laidback, relaxing, and fun (maybe up in Door County or out at Lake Okoboji, Iowa?), as long as I still had wifi! Ultimate dream would be France or Walt Disney World, though.

  3. I liked Anna and the French Kiss too! You mentioned this helped in getting you out of your reading slump, so from there I already knew this book is going to be good! And I do love those books that involves music in it. Especially if they feature song lyrics, oh my... Must read this!

    {rafflecopter name: Zaira F}

  4. Going with my best friends on some cool music festival!!! :)

  5. Perfect summer vacation would definitely be road tripping along the coast with my best friends. :)


Post a Comment

Thanks for taking the time to stop and comment! I appreciate it more than I can say. I try to respond to each one!