The Map from Here to There (The Start of Me and You, #2)by Emery Lord, #50 review

Publication date: 7 January 2020

Acclaimed author Emery Lord crafts a gorgeous story of friendship and identity, daring to ask: What happens after happily ever after?

It’s senior year, and Paige Hancock is finally living her best life. She has a fun summer job, great friends, and a super charming boyfriend who totally gets her. But senior year also means big decisions. Weighing “the rest of her life,” Paige feels her anxiety begin to pervade every decision she makes. Everything is exactly how she always wanted it to be–how can she leave it all behind next year? In her head, she knows there is so much more to experience after high school. But in her heart, is it so terrible to want everything to stay the same forever?

Emery Lord’s award-winning storytelling shines with lovable characters and heartfelt exploration of life’s most important questions.

“The Map from Here to There” might as well be renamed to “The Map from Paige to Coffee” since our protagonist, Paige is a coffee lover. We are vibing hard.

This book is the sequel to “The Start of Me and You”, which was published in 2015. 5 years later, Emery Lord published this second tale in the story of Paige and her friends. I was confused as to why Emery Lord decide to do this. After reading the first book and the sequel, I can see why.

Paige, the Core Four Forever (her best friends), Matt, her friends and family still have stories left untold. In “The Start of Me and You”, Paige goes through grief, her PTSD and anxiety. Through that, she discovered a hobby that was actually a passion that could turn into a career or in a shorter-sight, a subject that she might want to take up in college. She also slowly learnt how to live in the moment and overcome her grief to get over her PTSD, which led to her finding her true self. It all sounds like a cliche, the Happily Ever After. SOooooo, what happens after Happily Ever After?

“I wondered how we looked to the rest of the world. Young and silly, probably. I often had the distinct feeling that strangers watched us with annoyance, teenage girls with cotton candy lives. They could think that—that we were frothy and carefree. Would they ever guess how strong we were from carrying each other?”

In “The Map from Here to There”, armed with her best friends and her boyfriend, it is Paige against – college applications. Big Decisions, Big Choices, Big CHANGE. We explore the new adventure that is Senior Year with the gang and how Paige’s anxiety slowly and unknowingly leads her into self-sabotage with her relationships. A lot of new surprises are revealed in the book. I am delighted to say that there wasn’t a dull moment in it. It is a feel-good book that will put you in high spirits as the gang have fun but it will also put a dampen on your mood when they go downhill if you’re invested in the characters. YOu can read this book as a standalone if you wish. I would recommend that you read the first book first so you can read all about Paige and Max’s love story and her relationship with her friends. I believe that there will be a 3rd book in the making because of the ending which was left bittersweet. It left me wanting more of these characters. Basically, I’m hungry. Feed me, Emery.

The trait that I really have to admire about Emery Lord as a writer is her ability to write stories with their own character. What do I mean by that? Take “Open Road Summer”, it is fun and Summery with a young country-pop artist as the protagonist who is down-to-earth while dazzling in front of cameras and on stage. It is a country girl thrust into the city. You have her country slang and ethics that places a young lady vibrant with the sun from the ranches and the energy of playful mares. It gives you an entirely unique experience when reading that book. Thus, her writing style is different thanks to her own clever tricks of words that paint a wholly new writing style in each book as the storylines are different. Her ability to change writing styles yet remain her signature ease of the story is remarkable. It is honestly always a joy to read her book. IT IS LIKE EATING CAKE! You have so many different textures and flavours but at the end of the day, it is still, CAKE! This metaphor applies to Emery’s writing. Lord save my wallet, I’m buying all her books.

Thank you to @definitely.books for sending me a copy. This book is available in all good bookstores now. #pansing

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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