Length: 8 hrs., 54 mins.
After ten years from being kidnapped by his father, Oliver has finally returned home. Emmy, Caro, and Drew begin the journey of attempting to recover what was lost without trying to dig around for the information Oliver could not comprehend himself.
I really liked this book. It had the hint of cliché but at the same time it wasn’t excessively dramatic (which you would expect from a bunch of teenagers trying to figure out how they should act/behave around the return of their long-lost childhood friend). Sure Emmy gets the boy but by the end what she really gets is the freedom she had been desperately craving for a really long time. Since the first time she had to start lying to her parents about her dangerous hobby; surfing.
I always enjoy a novel that has some realism woven into it. Not the romantic-ky teenage drama stuff, but something like a child who was abducted by his father. A child who was lied to for ten years. A child who was forced to remember that his given name was no longer that. A teenager who is found and brought back to a home he no longer remembers, containing new family members who weren’t there when he left. A teenager who now has to come to terms with his past, but also repair and forgive the present.
Although the ending is not super mushie, you honestly can’t expect this book not to have a happily-ever-after feeling. It does, and it reminds me of my own relationship – you know a book is good when you can relate to it, amiright?