Thank you to Lia Louis, Atria/Emily Bestler Books, and Netgalley for the advanced copy of Dear Emmie Blue. Lia Louis’ newest story releases on July 14th.
The publisher reached out to me via Netgalley about reading Dear Emmie Blue. The blurb drew me in and as I read my heart was warmed as it reminded me of some of my favourite adult romances, such as Me Before You.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis below…
“In this charming and poignant novel, teenager Emmie Blue releases a balloon with her email address and a big secret into the sky, only to fall head-over-heels for the boy who finds it; now, fourteen years later, the one thing Emmie has been counting on is gone for good, and everything she planned is up in the air.
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 addressed, 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. So dedicated to her love for Lucas, Emmie has all but neglected her life outside of this relationship—she’s given up the search for her absentee father, no longer tries to build bridges with her distant mother, and lives as a lodger to an old lady she barely knows after being laid off from her job. And when Lucas tells Emmie he has a big question to ask her, she’s convinced this is the moment he’ll reveal his feelings for her. But nothing in life ever quite goes as planned, does it?
Emmie Blue is about to learn everything she thinks she knows about life (and love) is just that: what she thinks she knows. Is there such thing as meant to be? Or is it true when they say that life is what happens when you are busy making other plans? A story filled with heart and humor, Dear Emmie Blue is perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Evvie Drake Starts Over.”
Check out my specific thoughts below…
- Characters: Emmie is the main character of this story. Emmie is driven by her friendship with Lucas and not much else in her life. She reminds me very much of the female lead in Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You. A quirky British girl down on her luck in her life, for good reason and the events of the book, grows her character into someone who lives life in a greater, bigger, more colourful way.
- Setting: This story is set between England and France, as Emmie lives in England and Lucas lives in France. They live in smaller towns, it is not a big city kind of a story. The setting was enjoyable as it lent itself to seeing what it is like to go back and forth to Calais both by boat and by car.
- Pacing: The story is paced well. There is such effectiveness in how Lia Louis deluged Emmie’s backstory that has shaped who she is and where she is in her present life. There are some flashbacks but the pacing very much pushes the story into the present and as you continue to read the gaps of the past are filled in.
- Romance: There are multiple love stories that play out over the course of the story. This book really tackles what being in love with someone actually means. This is explored through Emmie’s infatuation with Lucas as she spends the vast majority of the novel coming to terms with her feelings about him. Lia Louis also spends time showcasing the relationship Lucas has with his soon to be wife, Marie. And even the more casual style relationship Lucas’ brother Elliot has with his girlfriend.
Dear Emmie Blue receives four out of five stars.
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