Review: Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

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?

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My Thoughts:

From the cover to the last page, I loved this book!  The main character and narrator, Emmie Blue, has just turned 30-years-old, and everything she has been counting on is gone.

The start of the book is melancholy, and I deeply felt each of Emmie’s losses and disappointments. Author Lia Louis made me completely empathized with Emmie’s insecurities and feelings of being “less than”.  Her lack of a stable family and parental support have colored her every action and response.  While Emmie feels inadequate and alone, each step of her journey shows her inner strength and resilience.

The story toggles between the past and the present.  Emmie Blue tells us how she was rescued by an email from the boy who found the balloon she had released.  The sweet serendipity of their eventual meeting is balanced with the ongoing love and support she gets from Lucas, “Balloon Boy”, and his family.

Emmie is one of those characters that make me want to jump into the story and shake some sense into them.  She has coworkers who she likes but keeps at arm’s length.  She and her landlady are silent ships that pass in the night; neither is very talkative and both are fairly introverted. It takes Eliot’s (Lucas’ older brother) re-entry into her life to shake everything up for Emmie.  Even then, Emmie’s friends and landlady really have to push to get her to open her eyes to the truths that are oh-so-obvious to the reader.

Does Emmie Blue get a happily ever after?  Oh yes, and in more ways than one, but there are bumps in the road and hurdles to jump.  Dear Emmie Blue is an endearing story of Emmie’s journey from feeling empty and alone to being open to the love and support around her.

***

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Google Play

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Lia Louis lives in the United Kingdom with her partner and three young children. Before raising a family, she worked as a freelance copywriter and proofreader. She was the 2015 winner of Elle magazine’s annual writing competition and has been a contributor for Bloomsbury’s Writers and Artist’s blog for aspiring writers. She is the author of Somewhere Close to Happy and Dear Emmie Blue.

Twitter: @LisforLia | Instagram: @lialouisauthor

 

 

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