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?
“If you’re lucky, relationships — with family or friends or boyfriends — are limitless. There’s no maximum on how much you can love each other. The problem is, there’s also no limit on how much you can hurt each other.”
The Start of Me and You was a great read, inspiring and enjoyable. I didn’t know what to expect coming into this because this was my first book by Emery Lord. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book and I was really looking forward to finding out what everyone was talking about. It didn’t disappoint. While most of the book earned a solid 3-star rating from me, the last hundred pages or so boosted it up to a 4-star. I wish I could’ve given it a 5-star but I can’t call the book perfect.
“In friendship we are all debtors. We all owe each other for a thousand small kindnesses, for little moments of grace in the chaos. Because with true friends, no one is keeping score. But it still feels good to repay them – even in the tiniest increments.”
The book is just as the title describes. It tells the story of Paige and Max and how their friendship started. One of my favorite things about this book is not the romance, but the friendship. Paige is surrounded by some of the best friends ever! I’m jealous! Well, I’m not — not, really. The book reminded me of my relationship with my best friend, it made me miss her. The four girlfriends that she has, have such a great dynamic. They love each other, trust each other, and depend on each other. Even greater is the newfound friendship that she finds in both Max and Ryan. I love seeing their friendship grow from such a small similarity into something infinitely greater.
Paige was a great character and I saw a lot of myself in her, especially with the whole boy-dating situation. Some of her inner thoughts whenever she was talking to Ryan were hilarious and I would think, “I would so say that!” I love her nerdiness and her grammar corrections. I didn’t like though was that she cared too much about her reputation and what people thought of her and the titles they gave her. All the other characters were great and were mature enough for their age. The writing was great, too. It wasn’t too fast paced but it wasn’t exactly slow. My favorite characters have to be Ms. Pepper and Paige’s grandmother haha — okay not my favorite favorite but I do love them! I love the life lessons her grandmother would give Paige.
“Darkness might keep flooding in, but I finally had just enough light to fin the way back to myself.”
Like I said before, the plot really caught my attention and picks up within the last hundred pages. By then, I couldn’t put it down! Tragedy strikes again and it seems like Paige’s life has become a book with pages filled with tragedy after tragedy. It makes you wonder if and how will she ever overcome such obstacles. It was a great thing to read and the book was filled with great messages that could inspire you to be brave, to step out of your comfort zone, to face your fears because it’s not just about the endpoint, it’s about the journey and how you get there.
“The point is that we already know it doesn’t work out, but we reread them anyway, because the good stuff that comes before the ending is worth it. In books, sometimes the foreshadowing is so obvious that you know what’s going to happen. But knowing what happens is different from knowing how it happens. Getting there is the best part.”