Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 384 pages
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
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?
The Start of Me and You is a well-written and enjoyable coming of age novel.
What I liked:
1. Paige is not your typical YA main character. She's a non confrontational introvert (a Jane Bennett instead of an Elizabeth).
2. I loved Max, the nerdy guy whose in the robotics club, captain of the Quiz Bowl team, and spends many a Friday night at the bookstore, reading. We need more guys like Max! (They shouldn't all be the obnoxious Alpha males).
3. Friendship. No mean girls here. A group of four girls who support each other and are truly best friends.
4. Family. Parents and even a grandmother play an important role in Paige's life.
My only complaint is that it ended too soon. I wanted MORE and the last paragraph really makes me curious about the future of Paige and Max. Maybe Emery Lord is planning on writing a companion novel (about Tessa perhaps)? Let's hope so!
Posted by: Pam