Summary from Goodreads
Oliver’s absence split us wide open, dividing our neighborhood along a fault line strong enough to cause an earthquake. An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you’re shaking.
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. But now Oliver is back, and he’s not the skinny boy-next-door that used to be Emmy’s best friend. Now he’s the boy who got kidnapped. A stranger – a totally hot stranger! – with a whole history that Emmy knows nothing about.
But is their story still meant to be? Or are they like the pieces of two different puzzles – impossible to fit together?
1. In the very beginning of the book, Emmy was originally a cross-country runner. That why when Caro first runs down the hill with the news that Oliver has been found, two people comment on what a fast runner she is. I didn’t bother to change it in edits because I thought the scene still worked that way.
2. Emmy became a surfer after my mom and I took surfing lessons together! My mom’s a much better surfer than I am. That sport is HARD!
3. When Emmy teaches Oliver to surf for the first time, they go to Thalia Street beach in Laguna Beach. It’s one of the calmest places to learn to surf, and it’s where my mom and some of my friends go to surf, too. http://ocmomblog.com/catch-wave-thalia-street-beach-laguna-beach
4. The character of Kevin, Drew’s soccer-playing boyfriend, is from a different book entirely. In the original version, Kevin was much sweeter and dopier. I like him better in EMMY & OLIVER.
5. When I first started to write E&O, Oliver’s dad had already been arrested. I was about 30K words in when I realized that for the story to have maximum impact, he had to be on the run instead. Once I figured that out, the rest of the book fell into place.
6. When Emmy & Oliver go to dinner after they first surf lesson, they go to the Stand in Laguna Beach, which is right across from Thalia Street. I used to go there a lot when I was younger, and they serve great food.
7. Emmy originally had a little brother in the very beginning of the book. I thought it’d be good to have him play with Oliver’s little sisters, but my agent wisely pointed out that if Emmy wasn’t an only child, her parents probably wouldn’t be as protective as they were. So the brother got axed. Sorry, little bro.
8. I spoke to some girls who surf while I was researching E&O, including Meg Roh. She’s a 16 year old girl who’s surfed for almost 1500 days in a row! http://www.ocregister.com/articles/day-663782-every-roh.html
9. I wrote the last 11,000 words of EMMY & OLIVER in one day. I don’t recommend doing this, but at the time, it was exhilarating!