A Summer Tour Trips With Best Friend // Book Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

book review

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: June 14th, 2018 (First Published April 15th, 2014)
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Buy Links: Kinokuniya Malaysia | MPH Online
Source: Huge thanks to Pansing Books for the review copy!


After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of breakup ballads and healing hearts.

But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. 

This summer, Reagan, and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.


Open Road Summer is a story about two girls (Reagan & Lilah) who have been best friends since forever. Reagan has decided to accompanied her best friend, Lilah Montgomery, a famous country singer for a summer tour trips. It is an escape trip for Reagan to reflect her past action and to come home to start fresh. Aside from having a dream come true to have a summer trip with a best friend from one state to another, of course, there is some fluffy cute romance comes around.

Reagan is a tough person for you to deal with. Her childhood isn't something that she likes talking about as her mother leave her and her dad. She became rebellious - do what she thinks she wants. Her life is tough enough for her, but thankfully, she has a best friend who never leaves her side.

"My therapist once told me: you are the only person who can build emotional barriers, but you're also the only person who can topple them. Other people can't knock down the walls you've built, no matter how much they love you."

Reagan has a strong personality which one side is good but somehow, on the other part, I do feel annoyed with her. She always has this negative thought, kind of judgmental about this and that, I couldn't help myself to not to roll my eyes on her throughout reading this book. Of course, there are some good aspects comes from her like she is a good friend to Lilah, loyal to her and she has an ambition that she wants to fulfill. Lilah is such a sweet friend. Undeniably, a friend that we always want to have one in our life. Then, comes this handsome, sweet romance guy who heads over heel on Reagan.

The setting of this book is actually on a bus and a few times, in the hotel or at a concert venue. It's understandable that this is a concert tour trip which means the setting was like that and I have no problem with that all because, for me, it's sound fun. It's not a typical bus it's a huge bus that has everything in it. I feel like, I want to have one - the huge bus, I mean.

So, anyway, Open Road Summer sound wonderful to me because we are talking about a summer trip with a best friend - things that I've always imagine to have one. Although, the book is predictable from the start like you know what will happen at the end of the book though I still enjoy reading the whole book. If you are looking for a light, cute romance reading, Open Road Summer is the book you may want to read.