The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
“In friendship we are all debtors. We all owe each other for a thousand small kindnesses, for little moments of grace in the chaos.”
Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
This book is EVERYTHING! Honestly. I love it. Emery Lord does it again. It is the perfect teen read with the right mix of friendship, family, love and search for meaning within the terrifying years of adolescence.
Sometimes I struggle with the YA genre as I am a lot older than the target demographic (college grad in her mid twenties rather than a teen in high school) but Emery Lord has this ability to create characters, emotions and storylines that transcend the genre and age level.
Paige is experiencing some hardships and trying to deal with them in the wrong way, however along the way she finds great friends, a potential new love and finds herself. 5/5 Stars.