Now Oliver has to adjust to being with his mom instead of his dad (who is on the lam to avoid arrest), and try to fit back into his old life, with his old friends (who are happy to see him but don't know how to treat him), and to reconnect with Emmy, his best friend from birth to six years old.
Emmy has had her own issues since Oliver disappeared, the most obvious one that it made her parents turn into "helicopter" parents (they hover). This wasn't so bad when she was 10, but now that she's 16, she is chafing under the curfews, the prohibitions, and the constant surveillance. So she welcomes Oliver back and takes particular enjoyment in (mildly) breaking some rules. As you probably figured, at some point romance ensues.
The romance is sweet, but the parts I liked best were the darker moments, including when Oliver reveals to Emmy that coming home to his mother after 10 years of living with his father felt like he was being kidnapped all over again. There is also a moving scene when Oliver expresses his bitterness that his mother was supposedly all broken up about losing him but somehow had the time and attention to get remarried and have two more kids.
Please join us at Book Café on Tuesday, June 20th, at 7:00 p.m., in the Buena Vista community room to meet Robin Benway! Book Café is for teens in grades 7-12 only.
See you there?