Book Review: Em & Em by Linda Budzinski #Giveaway @chapterxchapter @LindaBudz @swoonromance






Em and Em   by Linda Budzinski

Publication Date:  Sept 15, 2015

Publisher:  Swoon Romance

Genre:  YA, Contemporary


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.


My Review

I loved they this story was written, easy to follow, I didn’t get confused. It starts out with 16 year old Ember, and her younger sister Tricia first day of school in a new city and Ember doesn’t want to be. She wants to be back home with her boyfriend. But she can’t, she saw something and now she is in witness protection. I loved how this story moved along, and even going back and telling the story of how she got to where she is and why. Such a hard thing for a 16 year old and her family had deal with. I loved how she was accepted into her new school and how she had friends, even though she didn’t want any. She loved photographer and she was able to get on the school newspaper.
I was glad to be able to read this story. I feel it is an awesome story for young adults to read. I feel the characters were developed and easy to understand and read. I loved the eye-opener at the end of the story. Great story line, awesome characters and friendships.


Purchase Links:


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About the Author:

Linda Budzinski

Linda Acorn Budzinski decided in the second grade that she wanted to be a “Paperback Writer,” just like in the Beatles song. She majored in journalism in college and now works in marketing and communications. She spent 18 years at a trade association in the funeral service industry, where she discovered that funeral directors are some of the bravest and most compassionate people on earth. Linda lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Joe, and their chihuahua, Demitria. She has two step-daughters, Eris and Sarah. THE FUNERAL SINGER is her debut novel. She is represented by Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc.


THE FUNERAL SINGER is Linda Budzinski’s first novel.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads 


Giveaway Information:  Contest ends October 2, 2015


  • One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of Em and Em by Linda Budzkinski and a $10 Amazon GC (INT)


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I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

18 thoughts on “Book Review: Em & Em by Linda Budzinski #Giveaway @chapterxchapter @LindaBudz @swoonromance

  1. Mai T. says:

    Question to the author: How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

  2. Thanks for writing such a sweet review, Diana! So glad you enjoyed the book!

    Mai, re: choosing names, this may seem strange, but for the most part, when I conceive of a character, his/her name is already a part of him/her. It just comes to me and I don’t have to think about it at all.

    An exception to this was in my first novel, THE FUNERAL SINGER, where I had a bunch of guys in a band. For those guys, I played around with (which was a ton of fun!).

    Patricia and Melissa, thanks for stopping by Diana’s post and taking the time to comment, and I hope you’ll like the book!


  3. Sonal says:

    Question for the author – how do you find inspiration for your stories? Are they based off of situations and people in real life?

  4. Betty W says:

    Hi Linda or should I say Neighbor since I live in West Virginia!
    Your book sounds absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to read it. Thank you for the chance!

  5. Wow, thanks so much everyone for the kind comments, and good luck in the RaffleCopter! I hope whoever wins enjoys it, and I hope if you don’t win, you’ll check out EM & EM anyway. 🙂

    Sonal, very good questions! The plots of both my novels are pure fiction, not based on anything true. Although, both of them have an element of truth because both have a social media bullying piece, which of course is a thing. The deeper parts of my novels, the emotional arcs, are also fictional but are certainly based on my very distinct memories of what it was like to be a teen, trying to figure out who I was and how I fit in to the world (and how to talk to boys!).

  6. Tammy says:

    Wow this sounds like a really great book. Thanks for sharing and doing this giveaway. Sorry I’m running so far behind.

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