The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: Make way, extra cuteness coming through!

Note: Copy provided by publisher for review.



When Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in a swimming accident, she shut out almost everyone. Now Paige has decided it’s finally time to rejoin the world, and she has a plan. First on the list: go out with Ryan Chase, her longtime and newly single crush. And last on the list: swim. Terrifying, yet possible?

But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin Max moves to town and recruits Paige for the QuizBowl team (of all things!), her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Starting over isn’t easy, but Paige knows the scariest things are usually the most difficult. Can she face her fears and open herself up to life and love again?


The Good

  • Paige, Tessa, Morgan, and Kayleigh’s friendship! It’s everything. They were all amazing girls, extremely supportive of each other, and it felt like the time where they didn’t know each other never existed. The best part of this novel, hands down!
  • Hello cute, awkward romance!😆 Paige and Max just clicks. Ryan (Max’s cousin) is a great dude but the moment Ms. Pepper (Say “thank you, Ms. Pepper”) told Ryan and Max to switch seats, I was like Ryan whoooo?
  • Pride and Prejudice references!
  • Relatable sibling relationship.
  • The sadness/angst is not overdone. Not saying sad/angst-y books are bad but I found it great how while reading this book, you constantly feel that underlying sadness/angst and if Emery Lord wanted it to be the focal point, she could. But, she didn’t because this is not the story of mourning Aaron’s death, it’s the recovery part.
  • Don’t put Max in a closet! My boy goes from cute nerd to hot nerd REAL QUICK.

The Not-So-Good

  • This doesn’t matter now that there’s a sequel coming out but if this remained a standalone, I’d say that I’m bummed I didn’t see more of Max and Paige as a couple. Throughout this book, we see how amazing they are as friends and the slow burn felt great but I would have loved to see them together together.
  • I’m both satisfied and not satisfied with the ending? We’re keeping this spoiler-free but it felt like when you’re watching a movie and finally, your most awaited moment happens and you’re like yes!!! and suddenly, the ending credits roll. So, you got what you wanted but you wanted more.
  • This is a me thing and not a book thing but, Kayleigh not knowing how to balance friendship time and romance time brought back unpleasant memories🙈 It was written so well and I didn’t like how relatable it is.


Super sweet book! I loved the characters, the story, and how it was written. Like most YA contemporary romance, it’s cliché and what happens really ain’t a surprise but that’s not always a bad thing. This book was written very well and it was a really enjoyable read.

Genre(s): Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: March 31, 2015

Rating: 4.5/5

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