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- File Size: 1159 KB
- Print Length: 430 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lori L. Otto (7 Jun. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L0N6P50
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #659,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It’s also no secret that I’m not a huge fan of YA (I think that’s just because I have children this age!) but after reading the Emi series, I just HAVE to know how this family end up and as with Contessa this book was no hardship to read.
So, Olivia & Jon are growing up, Jon’s in college and Olivia isn’t far off graduation and they’re dealt a few hard knocks that threaten to rock their very foundation. First dealing with the intrusive paparazzi & Jacks overbearing daddy routine. I’m totally Team Jack but oh how he irritated me in this book, he’s so ridiculous the way he treats Olivia & I love the way Jon handles him, he’s a hormonal, horny teenager and he has more maturity than Jack at times, I miss fun loving Jack, he so serious nowadays :(
There are a lot more trials & tribulations along the way, I won’t spill them here but they’re life changing, they define future paths and truly do throw every test at this young couple, they’ve committed to a physical relationship and even that throws them some curve balls, I swear these guys just cannot catch a break! Olivia is such a brat at times, but she’s growing and learning and quite self aware, I like her, she’s going to be a strong capable woman I’m sure. My opinion of Jon hasn’t changed since reading Contessa, he’s smart, loyal, honest, mature beyond his years and achieving so much whilst swimming against the tide but the very end of the book has me doubting him and as I mentioned at the beginning, my heart is sore at how this part of their story played out.
As ever Lori ties everything together beautifully with her amazing supporting characters, Matty is still my fave, I hope he gets his own book.
This book is cram packed with emotion, intimacy, family, friendship, mistakes & hard taught lessons, it was purely a joy to read!
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Lori Otto is best known for her Emi Lost & Found series - a series about the life of Emi Hennigan, including a prequel and three of the most beloved and heartbreaking novels that I have ever read. If you have not yet read the Emi Lost & Found series, I highly recommend it! Be sure to read Not Today, But Someday, Lost & Found, Time Stands Still and Never Look Back - in that order - before beginning the spin-off Choisie series.
Lori Otto introduces her readers to a charming young lady named Olivia Sophia Holland in the Emi Lost & Found series. The novels of the Choisie series center on the life of Olivia Holland. They are titled Contessa, Olivia and Livvy. I would like to express my appreciation to Lori Otto for the opportunity to review an advanced reader copy of the second novel of her series - Olivia - in exchange for my honest review.
Olivia Holland is a sixteen year-old high school senior at the beginning of Olivia, having skipped a year ahead in high school. We are told that her Granna (Donna) passed away while Olivia was out of the country. Olivia was commissioned to paint a portrait of Donna prior to her death. The portrait was to hang next to the portrait Olivia had already painted of Donna's son, Nate. Donna was always a positive force for Olivia. She was her teacher and mentor, encouraging Olivia to discover her creativity and to grow as an artist. Olivia knows that she disappointed her Granna because she had not finished her portrait prior to her death. She feels incredible grief and guilt, which results in her loss of direction and incentive to paint. Olivia also does not want to move on to other projects until she has finished Donna's portrait. She loses sight of many things that are important to her - her artwork, education and the relationship she has with her father and family.
Olivia's artwork has always defined a part of who she is. Without her art, she becomes absorbed in her relationship with Jon. He becomes the primary focus of her spare time. At the beginning of the novel, Jon is eighteen and beginning his freshman year of college at Columbia. He has his own struggles in Olivia. His mother and brothers are extremely important to him. Jon has accepted a role as a father-figure to his brothers because they have no father in the picture. Jon attends college classes and attempts to maintain his grades, while also hoping to give his brothers some stability at home. Their mother is an alcoholic. When she loses custody of his younger brothers, the boys are eventually placed in the custody of their aunt in Utah.
Olivia and Jon have grown up together. They have a very tangible love for each other, but they are both very young. Jon gave Olivia a promise ring in Contessa - they are both extremely young to be involved in the type of emotional and physical relationship they have found themselves in. At times, Olivia can be bratty and self-destructive, whereas, I felt that Jon had matured quite a bit in this novel. Although Jon obviously loves Olivia, his primary focus is on his family and studies. He is willing to sacrifice his teenage freedom to provide for his brothers. Jon realizes that Olivia is still very self-centered and not mature enough to handle the serious type of relationship that they have. I believe he understands that Olivia needs to experience life and grow as an individual before they can make a serious commitment to each other.
I found the character growth in this novel to be brilliantly written. It makes perfect sense that Jon would be more responsible and self-sacrificing; not only is he older, but he has experienced a harder life. Olivia has always had what she needed. She has wonderful parents, but they have micromanaged her life to protect her from the press, paparazzi and people that would take advantage of their family wealth. It is very obvious that Olivia has some growing up to do. I want to commend Lori Otto for writing the perfect ending to Olivia. I have no doubt that great things are ahead for Jon and Olivia in the final novel in the series, Livvy. Five outstanding stars for Lori Otto's Olivia!
First I'll start by saying that I rarely write books reviews. Not because I don't want to, but simply because i read so many books it's difficult to find the time. But sometimes you simply have to make the time for the things you feel are important.
I'm a huge fan of Lori L. Otto. She really does not get the recognition she deserves, I mean...WHY AREN'T MORE PEOPLE RAVING ABOUT THESE BOOKS? I was introduced to her writing during the Emi Lost and Found Series (which I HIGHLY recommend). Sometimes an author is blessed with the gift to create characters that immediately capture, ravish and then rebuild your heart. Her writing style evokes such a magnitude of emotions that by the end you are left unwilling to let go. She creates characters that are unforgettable. The kind of characters you would love to check in with every now an then just to see how they are doing. That's what EVERY book I've read by this author has done.
Olivia was introduced to us in the Emi Lost and Found Series. In Contessa we got to witness Olivia's journey of self discovery which included an unhealthy obsession of a artist from her mothers past, emend her relationship with her father and experience first love.
Now, a tragic and unexpected event has Olivia continuing this journey. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming same time. I could not put this book down...and I didn't want to. The author portrayed the emotions in this book so colorful and descriptively that I felt every emotion right along with them. I can't wait for the release of Dear Jon and Livvy.
Olivia Holland and Jon Scott, two young people from completely different backgrounds but so alike in many ways, both so talented and strong minded, growing from friendship to young innocent love that can be most magical but can become so very complicated.
This beautiful story of growing up and first true love and soooo much more has captured my heart and swept me up completely and I MUST READ MORE NOW!!!
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