16 September 2015

Review & Giveaway: Em and Em by Linda Budzinski

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24980193-em-and-em
The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski wants is to move away from her home at the Jersey shore, gorgeous surfer boyfriend Zach, and her entire identity. But that’s kind of how Witness Protection works, and Em must prepare herself for an epic do-over as she starts a new life in the Midwest.

Even as she pines for sandy beaches and the night life of the shore, the newly-named Ember O’Malley finds herself making new friends, taking photos for the high school newspaper, and thinking an awful lot about the paper’s editor, an oddly cute cowboy named Charles.

When Em stumbles upon a shady beneath-the-bleachers exchange between one of the school’s football coaches and a student, she refuses to get involved. The last thing she needs is to be witness to another crime or call attention to herself. Besides, she finally has some real friends – well, real except for the fact that they don’t know a single thing about her – and she prefers to keep it that way until the trial.

But as her day in court approaches, Em begins piecing together what she saw that day beneath the bleachers. And, as her own past secrets start to catch up with her, Em needs to figure out who she really is – Em or Em.

Source: Blog Tour | Review Consideration

5 Words: Photography, friendship family, secrets, crime.

I really enjoyed this!

When I started reading I'm not sure what I was expecting - I'm terrible for not reading blurbs and judging by cover/title/author when picking what to read.

And I was very pleasantly surprised.

I loved the way that the story hinted at what had happened but never actually revealed it up until the end, even if it did leave me pretty frustrated at times. That said, I did like the two stories of Em and Em separately.

And I loved the photography elements - I studied photography myself at school, college and a year at uni so I appreciated that she didn't just point and click, that she wasn't shutter-happy. I love reading about artistic processes. I also loved how she badgered her younger sister into modelling for her, a struggle I know only too well! That familiarity with the situations really made me like Em a lot more.

I don't want to give away the plot, but her boyfriend was pretty cowardly. It's certainly something that I'd never forgive and it made me quite angry.

Em & Charles forever <3

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3 comments:

  1. This book sounds great. Would love a chance to read it.

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  2. That cover looks vaguely familiar, but I don't think I've heard of this one before. It sounds quite interesting though, particularly the photography element. I think I'll have to add it to my TBR! Thank you for sharing :)

    - Wattle @ Whimsical Nature

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    1. When I first saw it I thought the same about the cover, but I've no idea what it reminds me of.

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