Review | Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

Hello, fellow readers! A couple of months ago, I was offered an eARC of Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis after reviewing an ARC of In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. The concept sounded interesting, and I have been enjoying the contemporary fiction/romance genre a bit more recently, so I accepted the title. I needed to read one last book for my Tic-Tac-Toe challenge this month, so I picked Dear Emmie Blue because I can usually read romance quickly.


When Emmie Blue was sixteen, she sent a red balloon out into the world with a note. An equally lonely teenage boy, Lucas, finds the balloon, and the two become the best of friends. Now on their thirtieth birthday, Emmie thinks Lucas is finally going to ask her to take their relationship to the next level. But nothing ever works out the way you think it will in life, and Emmie Blue is about to find that out the hard way.

There are SO many layers to this story, and I absolutely adored Dear Emmie Blue! Apparently I am becoming a contemporary fiction/romance reader, and I’m not mad at it!

This book is a love story, but it is also a story about life. Emmie reminds me of the friend who asks for advice but never actually listens. She can’t see what is right in front of her because she only has eyes for Lucas. She has put her entire life on hold because of him. I loved that the book explored all aspects of Emmie’s life-career, loss, past trauma, absent parents, loneliness, friendship. I laughed out loud more times that I can count and even teared up a bit. Dear Emmie Blue is so much more than a romance, and I will probably come back to this one for a re-read in the future.

If you like a hard-hitting story with some romance thrown in, add this to your TBR now!

Many thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.


What is the last book to surprise you? Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Review | Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

  1. I can’t wait to read this book, ever since I saw the cover and read the blurb I knew I wanted to read it ASAP. So glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. The last book that surprised me was The One and Only Ivan, which I read earlier this month (my review of the audiobook actually just went up today!). I was expecting just a sweet middle-grade, but that book took me on a feels trip that I did NOT sign a permission slip for. So freaking good, but I didn’t expect that level of emotion!

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