Review: ‘Open Road Summer’ by Emery Lord

Review: ‘Open Road Summer’ by Emery LordOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on April 15th, 2014
Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: borrowed from the library
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

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Reagan’s best friend is Lilah who is a country music star. She tags along in her summer tour visiting all the different cities and venues along with her very best friend. They’re both nursing broken hearts because they recently broke up with their boyfriends and the tour is a much needed distraction. When a publicity sham goes awry, Lilah brings her good friend Matt who is also a singer to be her opening act and together they pretend they’re dating when in reality Matt’s eye is on Reagan herself. Will she finally open her heart to another boy? Or will she break his heart?

Emery Lord’s name was every where last year. People loved this debut and I can understand the appeal. Sadly I wasn’t one of those people. I am one of the black sheep 🙁 I do have my reasons though. First of all Reagan is one dislikable character. The biggest trait? She’s super judgmental of other girls around her. Reagan would call them sluts, bitches and whores just because they would be talking to Matt. Being protective around him is no excuse. She is super rude to everyone she doesn’t know and I couldn’t understand it. So much slut shaming that I was completely exasperated with her from the start. Sure she’s completely feisty and passionate and loyal and such a great friend to Lilah, but it didn’t occur to her to be respectful of other females? REALLY?! Oh and all the laments of how “perfect” Lilah is got to me. At one point, I just stopped reading Lilah’s name. I get it, she’s perfect and does everything well and good while Reagan herself does everything wrong because she has some serious issues.

Is that really necessary to think about other girls like that? For shame!

Some girls have no self-respect, and even though they can’t see, I make a face of disgust.

I liked the writing and how engrossed I was in Reagan’s life. It was also and excellent take on fame and the celebrity lifestyle. That what you see isn’t necessarily what you get. How media portrays things as fake and unreal and making people want to see what isn’t there. How hard it is to be a person who works 24-7 and to keep going even while you’re sick. It’s never ending and I admire celebs who take the time to be super nice to their fans. Lilah reminds me of Taylor Swift and I think the similarities are all there.

I wanted this to be about best friends, but it was just purely focused on the romance and I wasn’t feeling it at all. I liked the fact that it’s about a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and a good boy, because we hardly see relationship like this. But I wanted something more and sadly I could only see Reagan change as soon as the book ended, but that wasn’t enough for me.


I didn’t want to be seen as a one-trick pony songwriter, so I focused on something other than falling in love—falling out of love.
It’s an understandable impulse, to be on the floor when everything is falling apart, like you just want to feel the solid ground beneath you. When you’re on the floor, there nowhere farther to fall.
You’re like a porcupine. You’ve evolved spikes to keep the creeps away.
Besides, I’m more into brunettes.
Nice, in my experience, equals boring.
You know what? I think it’s the bravest thing in the world…to run straight at love, even knowing how badly you could get hurt.
What I look like, what I say, how I react, whether or not I go out there…it all matters. There are people whose jobs literally depend on me not screwing up.
You’re not a wreck. You have a few battle wounds, like everyone else.
Stop documenting the moment for a second. Just be in it.
You’re just a broken-winged bird. And there are two things you can do with broken wings: you can roll over and die, or you can lay low, heal, and start fresh.

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  1. Carina Olsen

    May 16, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Aw, sad face. I’m so sorry you didn’t like this book Giselle 🙁 but your review for it is gorgeous. <3 I was planning on reading this one one day. But yeah. I'm unsure now. Lots of slut shaming too? Ugh. I can't stand that 🙁 Yeah. This book does not sound all that good at all. Thank you for being honest about it sweetie. <3
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  2. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    May 15, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    What a shame that this one just didn’t work for you!
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