This book was phenomenal!
Initially, I was having trouble reading this book. I just finished another incredible book and was still hung up on that story. I did not want to read this book while facing book-hangover so I put it down for a while.
The first half of the story was fairly slow. The plot did not captivate me to the extent where I could not put the book down. Don’t get me wrong, the first half was a great introductory for the story but the second half is what made me love this book.
The characters in the story are well developed. You get to know all of the characters immensely. The character development that happens to Paige throughout the story is incredible. I love that she got her shit together and started to live her life. She is one of my favorite young adult characters. I love Max enormously. He is my idea of a perfect boyfriend. Max is adorable, nerdy, and funny!
All of the relationships that form in the story are fun to read about. The great thing about the story is that the relationships don’t feel rushed. Emery Lord knows how to form the bonds between the characters at a fantastic pace. The romance did not feel sloppy or pushed. Not to mention, the incredible girl friendship between Paige, Morgan, Tessa, and Kaitlyn. It was nice to read about a tightly bonded girl group that has not too much drama. Overall, the relationships were perfect!
The second half of the book was extremely captivating. I read the second part of the book during my history class, and I was freaking out the whole time. The plot appears to tie together tremendously and turned out glorious. I was close to tears as I finished the book. There were too many emotions to comprehend.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. The Start of Me and You will not only be enjoyable but will make you feel something. The theme of living your life to the fullest and not letting fear get in your way is incredible. I will definitely read more from Emery Lord.