The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski wants is to move away from her home at the Jersey shore, gorgeous surfer boyfriend Zach, and her entire identity. But that's kind of how Witness Protection works, and Em must prepare herself for an epic do-over as she starts a new life in the Midwest.
Even as she pines for sandy beaches and the night life of the shore, the newly-named Ember O'Malley finds herself making new friends, taking photos for the high school newspaper, and thinking an awful lot about the paper's editor, an oddly cute cowboy named Charles.
When Em stumbles upon a shady beneath-the-bleachers exchange between one of the school's football coaches and a student, she refuses to get involved. The last thing she needs is to be witness to another crime or call attention to herself. Besides, she finally has some real friends - well, real except for the fact that they don't know a single thing about her - and she prefers to keep it that way until the trial.
But as her day in court approaches, Em begins piecing together what she saw that day beneath the bleachers. And, as her own past secrets start to catch up with her, Em needs to figure out who she really is - Em or Em.
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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite Emily had it all: a fun job on the board walk, a sexy surfer boyfriend, and a killer camera. Her grades were great and her future was bright. So why not live it up and party with her friends? Why not enjoy those fleeting moments of careful abandonment marked especially as expected teenage behavior? But there were those who took it too far. Emily’s involvement in a seemingly innocent teen beach party results in a change of identity and relocation through Witness Protection. Emily becomes Ember, the new girl at Boyd County High School, and as far away from her New Jersey Shore life as possible. She is forced to leave her friends and school behind without even the briefest of farewells. Life as newly red-headed Ember is a challenge from day one as she is forced to live a lie in order to protect her mother and younger sister from the crime she witnessed that night on the beach. But it’s not all as bad as she anticipated. Students at her new school actually want to be friends. Her talent as an award winning photographer wins her an enviable position on the school newspaper. And the “nerdy, strip-dancing, football-superhero, pirate-loving cowboy” paper’s editor is really cute. Linda Budzinski’s Em and Em is a delightfully written YA tale of love, loss, and loyalty. Em (both Emily and Ember) represents the conflict between right and wrong that we all experience, especially at that age. I couldn’t put it down! I can't wait to read more from this author.