Review of Em and Em by Linda Budzinski

Em and EmEm and Em by Linda Budzinski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of those books that made me smile on almost every page. I actually took longer to finish the book because I didn’t want it to be over. I love the premise of a girl in the witness protection program-not only did it have me guessing the whole time about what had happened to put her there, it made for a super interesting story. Ember couldn’t be totally genuine with her new friends no mater how much she wanted to, and trust me, you’re going to love Charles. There was a heartbreaking back and forth where Ember really liked Charles but Emily (her real self) still had a boyfriend back home. I rooted for Charles the entire time because this boy is charming, hot, sweet, and perfect for Em!

Not only was this a sweet and perfect love story, the drama with the crime she witnessed was really well done. I LOVED the anguish she felt over being ridiculed and slut-shamed. As bad as that sounds, these kinds of books need to be told, girls need to read them, and know that they aren’t defined by what other people say.

This book was heartwarming and heart wrenching, with a dose of legal drama that kept you guessing and rooting for our main character.

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