Goodreads Synopsis: Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.
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?
Commentary: I read The Start Of Me And You because it is the book of the month for the We The Book Dragon’s group on Goodreads. I’ve been telling myself to follow my resolutions by being more active on Goodreads groups, I’m trying! Anyways, this month’s choice was excellent!
The story begins with Paige, she is known as the girl whose boyfriend died. If I can sum what this story is about in one short sentence it would be this: A book about self discovery and learning to live once again. I enjoyed this story much more than I would have thought. I went into this book with medium expectations, I didn’t expect myself to love this book. But, I did! I really had a lot of fun reading the book. I even cried twice near the very end of the book.
Paige has a tough life. She keeps having nightmares about drowning and her parents are divorced, and the one person that she can be completely honest with, her grandmother, has Alzheimer’s. Luckily for Paige, she has a group of supportive friends that would protect her at all costs. Paige wants to start over again by the time she enters her junior year of high school. She writes down a list of what she wants to complete by the year.
Paige has always had a crush on Ryan Chase who happens to be one of the popular boys in school. Paige is absolutely smitten by him that she can’t speak coherently when he is around. When Paige learns that Ryan is single, she makes it her mission to date him. Just when fate seems to lead her to Ryan, she ends up striking up a friendship with Ryan’s cousin Max. In order to get closer to Ryan, Paige becomes friends with Max.
The friendship started because of shallowness, but soon Paige finds herself completely comfortable around Max. Max isn’t the type of guy that Paige is attracted to. Though Ryan is her crush, Max is much more involved in her life.
“Ryan Chase was my eighth-grade collage, aspirational and wide-eyed. But Max was the first bite of grilled cheese on a snowy day, the easy fit of my favorite jeans, that one old song that made it onto every playlist. Peanut-butter Girl Scout cookies instead of an ornate cake. Not glamorous or idealized or complicated. Just me.”
I really enjoyed reading The Start Of Me And You! It took me two days to finish this book! It’s the quickest book I’ve read. I connected with the characters. I loved the banter between Max and Paige. One of my favorite scenes in the book has to be when Paige and Max argue about Pride and Prejudice. Paige sees herself as an Elizabeth, while Max sees her more of Jane.
Here are my reasons why you should read The Start Of Me And You:
- Seeing Max and Paige’s relationship grow – one of the most developed relationship in YA! They have a lot of cute moments. The ending of the book is so, so worth it.
- Girl Power: Paige’s friends are amazing!! They help her out so much! They defend her, they love her. I like that they play a huge role in her life:
“In friendship we are all debtors. We all owe each other for a thousand small kindnesses, for little moments of grace in the chaos.”
- If you’re looking for a cute story with not a lot of drama, then this one is perfect.
- There are a couple sad moments that made me cry in this book. Bring out the tissues.
This book is amazing! I would love to see this book get adapted into a movie. I highly recommend reading this book!! Originally I was going to give it a 4.5 out of 5, but the more I marinated my whole reading experience, it was best to give it a perfect score. There isn’t anything that I would change about it.
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️