Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf at her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. Like a dark cloud, their low-level panic follows her wherever she goes. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her go – not since the day ten years ago when her best friend Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his life.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He’d thought that his mother had left them when he was in second grade. He never knew that his dad kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it all at once—and returning to his old hometown—has his heart aching and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. To Emmy, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still meant to be? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles – impossible to fit together?


"Benway examines split loyalties, the impact of confessionals, and how broken bonds can be mended....Benway's intriguing premise and honest tone are a winning combination as she movingly portrays the growing trust between her characters."
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"At times heartfelt, funny, irreverent, and ultimately satisfying...A good choice for fans of Stephanie Perkins's Anna and the French Kiss or any of Sarah Dessen's novels."
– School Library Journal

"Benway fearlessly examines the effects of loss and return from every perspective… Hope, confusion, frustration, and love coexist without shame as teens and parents come to grips with the realization that nothing stays the same no matter how desperately we want it to."
– Booklist

“This realistic and painful story... twists and turns... until the bittersweet, yet perfect, ending."
– Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“Emmy’s narration is smart and sassy, and the romance plot is satisfying... An unusual blend of a soulmate story, a melodramatic plot, and a realistic book about adjustment, growth, and change, this will please romance fans as well as pragmatic souls with a sentimental streak.”
– Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Robin Benway writes with her full heart. Emmy & Oliver is a genuinely sweet and funny novel bursting with the inextinguishable forces of love-between parents and children, distant and inseparable friends, new and reunited lovers."
– Stephanie Perkins, New York Times-bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After

"Emmy & Oliver is wonderful. Funny, heartbreaking, and true... just like life. Robin Benway has written characters I felt like I’d known forever, and was so sad to see go. A must read."
– Morgan Matson, New York Times-bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything and Save the Date