Hello all! I’ve found in my life that the best way to cure a reading slump is rereading old favorites. So I thought of starting a new corner where I could discuss my favorite books after rereading them. First book to be featured here – Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You!
Also, good news! I’m officially over my reading slump. Thanks to this book!
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 has created a place in my heart as one of my most favorite YAs. And I loved it even more when I reread it on perhaps my 3rd reread.
Let’s discuss my favorite parts about the book!
- Mr. Bingley and Jane – Paige and Max are characters you’d usually see as the best friends of main characters in other books. In fact, the more you read, the more you feel that Ryan and Tessa (Paige and Max’s best friends) are the characters you’re used to seeing as protagonists. There is a running comparison even to Jane and Mr. Bennett. At the very beginning, Paige rejects a comparison to Jane and calls herself Elizabeth. After that Max calls her Jane. It was adorable. Their friendship was adorable.
- The unlikely pair – Paige is the quiet girl who just wants to fit in. Max is the resident geek who’s been bullied in the past. I was so used to seeing characters like Paige being paired with jocks like Ryan, Max being paired with the likes of beautiful and popular Tessa, that I enjoyed the novelty a lot!
- The friendships – The friendships in the book was my favorite thing! Be it Paige’s strong friendship with Tessa, Morgan and Kaeleigh, or Max’s friendship with his cousin Ryan. Then Paige’s growing friendship with Max was also endearing to read. I loved how Paige slowly embraced her inner geek, hanging out with Max. I wanted to be part of Max and Paige’s gang by the end. Whatever struggles each of the characters had, none of it was because of their friendships. There were no jealousies or insecurities. And all the characters did have their own distinctive arcs that I enjoyed as a reader.
- Miscellaneous – Altogether, there’s a lot to love about the book. There are small moments and distinctive character traits that make that endear you to the story. Like Max’s love for airplanes, Max and Tessa’s common taste of music, Max and Paige’s Quizbowl, Paige’s well intention-ed crush on Ryan, the realistic sibling love-hate relationship between Paige and Cameron. It was all just so cute!
And you know what else I love about this book? There was a surprise announcement (three years after the release of the first one) of a sequel this year! And it’s got a release date for January next year. I’m so excited! I plan to reread this one again when the release date for the sequel is nearer. Aaaaa!
Would you look at the cover for the sequel? ADORABLE!