ARC Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Title: Wanderlost

Author: Jen Malone

Published by: 31 May 2016 | HarperTeen

Date Read: 23 May 2016

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

REVIEW

*ARC Kindly provided by HarperTeen for review*

Europe is a very interesting continent. It feels like every corner of each country there is full of something new to explore about. I work as a Travel Agent for the past two years specializing in USA and European Tours and as a very bookish person, it’s always a good experience to find a common ground with my real life and bookish life – Europe.

I become familiar with Europe because of my work but being able to read about it on the eye of the person who is really there is still totally different. I love how detailed the author went on the places Aubree and her group go to. It totally gives the local visual, smell and feels to us readers.

Wanderlost is the type of book that falls into the category of cute, fluffy, adorable and enjoyable and I really enjoy reading books that fall into these categories. This is the type of YA Contemporary read that makes me want to lie in bed and just read and read. Though the storyline is pretty simple, I really find it so interesting. I find myself excited on Aubree’s journey, the people she’s going to meet and of course, the places that she’s going to visit.

Aubree is perfectly fine spending her summer relaxing in their old town in Ohio. But when her sister got into trouble and was not allowed leaving their town. She was forced to be fake-replace her sister in leading a senior group on their travel in Europe.

And there starts her unexpected adventure..

One Bus. A Spanish-Speaking Driver. Six senior citizens. One European Trip.

Can Aubree handle it?

Aubree is the type of character who is very easy to relate to. She’s the type of person who’s never been the one to just jump into challenges. She’s into safe and comfortable. But with her journey, she was able to step out of her comfort-zone and be all responsible for the work she was tasked to do. There are mishaps along the way, but it just makes her European Adventure more fun.

“So here’s the thing. I’ve done a lot of worrying, a lot of worrying, about this trip and whether or not I could handle it. I’m still doing a lot of worrying. But we’re on day two and so far the wheels haven’t come off this bus, literally or figuratively speaking. It’s actually, well, going fine.”

The group Aubree was handling is an awesome bunch! These are the type of travel buddies that are fun to be with. Mr. Fenton and his history geekiness; Emma and Mary who are best friends with their constant giggling and random acts; Hank and Masey that despite long years of marriage, still can’t get enough of one another and of course Dolores the timid one of the group.

Despite their different personalities, they were able to form an awesome friendship with each other especially Aubree. They are the bunch of senior citizens who don’t let their age hinder their YOLO-moments and that makes them more fun to be with.

“I think maybe it’s just easy to talk to someone on a trip like this, you know? We’re completely removed from our real lives, were in this foreign place and you don’t have to see me after the trip.”

Of course, I will definitely not forget swoon-worthy Sam from his first interaction with Aubree he already hooked me with his charm, charisma and wit. He’s a very laid-back guy who’s there to enjoy each and every day of travelling. I like how he was able to show Aubree the magic that is there when travelling.

Aubree and Sam definitely have a very powerful chemistry. I really like all the “likeyoubye” conversations and his come-on lines. I love their dialogues and banter with each other. Their interactions are so cute and make me all cuddly or such.

“I realized something. I’m not done with Europe yet. Or maybe Europe isn’t done with me. Either way, I’m gonna find out.”

The ending is just the right kind of ending that I didn’t know I was looking for. You see, I’m expecting the entire love-dovey-sealed-with-a-kiss type of ending but the way the story ended is so much better. Aubree was able to really find herself and become a better version of her old self. She was able to reconcile with her sister and get past all the drama that happened between her and Sam.

Reading Wanderlost is one of the easiest read I had this year. I read it in one seating and just flew thru the pages. It was one enjoyable read and would definitely entice you to pack-up your bags and fly to Europe soon.

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