Reagan is pretty much the polar opposite of myself, aside from growing up with a single parent and getting good grades. I never had that need to rebel. Even though she’s so different from me, I fell in love with her character as she tried to fix herself over the course of the summer. You can definitely gain a sense that she still has a lot of maturing to do, but I liked where she was headed as a character.
Matt was honestly a great match for Reagan. I loved the songs and their relationship. One of their major conflicts was a bit cliche, but I thought it was very fitting considering Reagan’s personal issues.
What I really loved was the focus on Reagan and Lilah’s friendship. This story wasn’t just a romance. It also showed the strength of good friendships. By no means are Reagan and Lilah perfect, but the fact that they work well together and are very loyal to each other is evident.
The ending was very fitting. I absolutely loved it! However, I still can’t help wanting more. The ending was a bit open ended. I know the ending was fitting, but I’m just not a fan of open endings. I like having concrete knowledge that the characters I fell in love with will get their happily ever after. I think Reagan, Matt, and Lilah deserve it. So I want more than just their summer.
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord was an AMAZING read. I loved the characters. I loved the story. & I’d suggest it to anyone that’s looking for a fun, summer themed read about friendship, romance, and forgiving yourself.