Author: Jen Malone
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe. A romantic and charming YA debut perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jenny Han.
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.
Adorable! Wanderlost is so freaking good! It’s light and cute, and a whole lot of fun.
♥ Characters – Love them! Aubree is quite amusing, that’s for sure. She’s someone who is perfectly fine staying close to home where her mom can take care of her, and never takes any risks. Oh, the growth with this girl is beautifully done, though. The situations she finds herself in, and tries to wiggle out of, are very entertaining. Then there’s Sam. The guy constantly put a smile on my face. He is so funny, and a genuinely sweet and caring guy.
♥ Romance – Aubree and Sam are so stinking cute together, that I just want to squish them! I love that they’re playful and could joke around with such ease. Its super low in the angst and drama department, too, so that’s a total bonus.
♥ Secondary characters – Oh my gosh, they are a total hoot! I would have a blast traveling through Europe on their senior citizen tour. I seriously grew attracted to every single one of them.
♥ Traveling – It’s a lot of fun traveling through Europe with all of them. It really felt like I was there, experiencing all the sights.
♥ The ending – I can’t even tell you how much I love this ending. It’s positively perfect for so many reasons. I tip my hat to the author.
So yes, I love the heck out of Wanderlost. It’s a quick, feel good read that will leave you with a huge smile.