Every once in awhile a book comes across my kindle that digs so far beneath my skin that the story feels like mine. I’m not sure if its the mood I was in while reading it, the story itself, or some skill the author possesses; but when it happens, it’s magic. Dear Emmie Blue by author Lia Louis is that kind of book .
In this charming and poignant novel, teenager Emmie Blue releases a balloon with her email address and a big secret into the sky, only to fall head-over-heels for the boy who finds it; now, fourteen years later, the one thing Emmie has been counting on is gone for good, and everything she planned is up in the air.
At only 16 years-old, Emmie Blue has already lived a difficult life. Her mom is absent at best, her father is an unknown entity, and her one refuge, her best friend’s perfect family, just became the source of her greatest trauma. She is alone and desperate for an escape when she sends her email address sailing across the English Channel on a red balloon. On the other end is Lucas Moreau, a teenage boy in France who emails her and strikes up a friendship. What ensues is a life raft for teenage Emmie and a crutch for the adult she will become.
Dear Emmie Blue is a book about growing up. It is about the families we are born to and the ones we get to make along the way. This book is heartbreaking, funny, sexy, beautiful, frustrating, uplifting, and just really great. Just like life.
Dear Emmie Blue releases Tuesday, July 14. Pre-order it today.
Heidi is currently obsessed with watching people make bad decisions on TV, being a coastal elite, artificially avoiding any sign of aging, reading feminist romance novels, and getting the biggest laugh at her own expense. She has a husband, 3 kids, a dog and anxiety.