Oct 8, 2016

Wanderlost by Jen Malone


Wanderlost 

Jen Malone
Publication:  May 31, 2016

Publisher:  HarperTeen


Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

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Things don't go as planned for Aubree and she is pretty much left to her own to figure out how to run a tour with six senior citizens, in Europe. In the end she... well, I'll let you read it for yourself and find out what happens ;)

This book is exactly what I needed. Full of all things travel and a romance. I was ready to book the next flight to Amsterdam and follow Aubree's tour.

I just got back from Europe about five days ago. Every time I visit, the continent always tugs at me, begging me to stay longer. I was working through my latest bought of post-travel blues when I stumbled across this lovely gem.

I think the thing I liked the most about this book after the setting being all over Europe is how relatable it is. The relationship Aubree has with her sister is almost identical to my relationship with my sister, except I'm the oldest by about four years and definitely the Aubree of my family. My travel bug bit when I was a kid, though. My younger sister is the overachiever and I feel, like Aubree, that I cannot live up to her in anything.

I was really impressed with the editing. Normally I find tons of spelling errors in books I read, almost like they forgot to proof it, but there was only one in this book that caught my eye.

I wish the story continued, maybe it will someday, but for now it was a wonderful read.


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