Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost is a really fun read. Aubree has just graduated from high school, but she’s never been anywhere. She’s set to start college in the fall in her hometown. Her sister, Elizabeth, the perfect one, gets arrested for hosting underage drinkers at Aubree’s graduation party. When she concocts a crazy plan to have Aubree to fill in for her as a tour guide in Europe for the summer, Aubree is less than thrilled. But feeling responsible for her sister’s situation, she reluctantly agrees.

Aubree is soon in Europe with a Spanish-speaking bus driver and a small group of senior citizens who are expecting her to lead them on a 3-week adventure. After losing her sister’s meticulous notes, she’s winging things and solving her own problems for the first time in her life. Enter cute boy…Sam, the tour company’s son, and this story is complete.

I loved the romance. I loved the old people. They brought such great comic relief and insight into Aubree’s experience. Aubree herself was a little annoying at times, but she had some good character growth. The plot was a bit far fetched, but still super cute. I loved reading about the different locations, especially The Sound of Music impromptu tour experience.

If you’re looking for a light summer read, this book is a perfect choice.

Rating: 4 Stars

Wanderlost
Jen Malone
Young Adult Fiction
HarperTeen
May 31, 2016
Paperback
352

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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