I’m not really a fan of YA which is obvious in the way I rarely give the genre 4-stars because I can’t connect with the characters and I feel like most have silly plots and characterizations but The Start of Me and You is a bit different. The characters have flaws that are realistic. For teens, they are mostly not annoying unlike the other YA characters I have come to read about. What I like about this most is that the characters themselves are aware of their “imperfections” and try to be better in a non-dramatic way. I appreciate that a lot. Also, I love the fact that the main characters are the dorks, the quiet ones by the way side, the ones who watch everything going on around them but are not considered lead material. These characters are often just reactionaries, minor to the popular ones and even the aloof, prevalent in YA popular-pariah tandem. It’s such a refreshing read.

The Start of Me and You

by Emery Lord

Genre: Young Adult

“In friendship we are all debtors. We all owe each other for a thousand small kindnesses, for little moments of grace in the chaos.”


It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?