Review: Dear Emmie Blue
Author: Lia Louis
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 311 (Hardcover)
For: Personal Interest
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At sixteen, Emmie Blue stood in the fields of her school and released a red balloon into the sky. Attached was her name, her email address … and a secret she desperately wanted to be free of. Weeks later, on a beach in France, Lucas Moreau discovered the balloon and immediately emailed the attached address, sparking an intense friendship between the two teens. Now, fourteen years later, Emmie is hiding the fact that she’s desperately in love with Lucas. She has pinned all her hopes on him and waits patiently for him to finally admit that she’s the one for him.
When I read Wendy’s review of DEAR EMMIE BLUE, I put it on hold right that second at my local library. Fortunately for me, there was no wait and I got to pick it up the very next day. I’m so happy I got it as fast as I did because I absolutely adored this book!
OMG! This book! I can’t say enough good things about it. DEAR EMMIE BLUE reminded me of a cross between My Best Friend’s Wedding and something I’d read that’s written by Beth O’Leary. (If you don’t know, FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary was my favorite book last year.)
I loved Emmie. I related to her so hard. I didn’t have a flighty mom and I knew my dad, but I’ve dealt with a lot of severe family drama since my early teenage years. I’m a victim of sexual assault and bullying like her. A lot of her fears and anxieties mirrored my own.
I loved the other characters in the novel too. Her friendship with Lucas and his family was such a great way to set up the story. I loved Lucas’ brother Eliot and I loved his parents Amanda and Jean. Her work friends, Rosie and Fox, were fun and a bit dirty, which endeared them to me because I love dirty jokes. I loved her landlady Louise the most. I absolutely adored every scene with Emmie and Louise together.
I adored the setting. The constant go between England and France. It was so much fun to read about the two towns where Emmie and Lucas lived, the differences between them and Emmie and Lucas.
DEAR EMMIE BLUE is such a beautiful story. I really needed it right now. I felt ALL the emotions. There were times when I laughed, cried, yelled, and swooned. I was on the edge of my seat for the last two-thirds of the novel because I wanted to know how everything panned out.
I honestly don’t want to say anymore because I don’t want to give anything away. Just know that DEAR EMMIE BLUE may be a fun contemporary romance AND it’s so much more! It deals with some heavy themes that give the story some depth. It’s my second 5-star read of the year.
Have you read DEAR EMMIE BLUE? If so, what did you think?
There is a trigger warning for sexual assault (not rape) and loss of a parent.
Wow wow wow this has me drawn in. Like I need to read it hahah. Great review!
Ash @ Essentially Ash
Thanks! 😀 I hope you love it as much as I did when you read it.
Aw, thank you, Jenni! I’m so very glad you enjoyed this book! It was highly recommended to me and I’m so glad others are enjoying it too.
You’re welcome. Thank you for your amazing review so that I picked it up as quickly as I did. It was one of my best reading choices I’ve made. 😀
I haven’t fallen in love with a book I’m reading for a while. Romance isn’t usually my genre but this could be just what I need at the moment.
If you do read it, I hope you love it as much as I did. 🙂
This does sound like a must-read book. Great review! 😀
Thank you, Lark! 😀 If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I’m curious about trigger warnings for a contemporary romantic novel!
Didn’t you see my Trigger Warning section at the end of the review? Emmie was sexually assaulted when she was 16. The book doesn’t go into graphic detail. It’s still a heavy theme and for some readers it still may be triggering even if it’s not graphic. I felt that it was appropriate to point out.
Fantastic review Jenni. My library doesn’t have this so I shall treat myself to a copy instead. It sounds far too good to miss.
Thanks, Louise! 😀 I hope you love this one as much as I did. I look forward to hearing what you think about it.