Dear Emmie Blue


rating: ★★★★☆
title: Dear Emmie Blue
author: Lia Louise
release date: July 7, 2020
setting: UK
publisher: Atria Books
genres: Adult Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for my DRC in exchange for my honest review.


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?

So I totally had My Best Friend’s Wedding vibes throughout this entire book, with the cast version of I Say a Little Prayer playing on a loop in my head the whole time (I read this in 3 hours, in one sitting).

What do you do when your best friend, the boy who is always there for you, the boy to have fallen in love with over your long friendship tells you that he has a question to ask you that he cannot ask over the phone?

I loved how this story was told. I loved that you gets bits of back story sprinkled in throughout without it feeling info-dumpy. I thought the romance that unfolds in this book was fantastically written and planned out. I love the way that Em and Luke meet and how their friendship progresses over time. And I also love how some things are not how they ever seemed and the possibilities in learning the truth.

This was such a fun read! The ending made me cry, but in a good way. The conclusion of this story is exactly what I wanted it to be. I am so happy to have read this funny, feel good novel.

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