Author: Jen Malone
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Publication: May 31st, 2016
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.
This book has been on my TBR list for a while now (since June 2016) and I finally got to read it this summer! I quite enjoyed Wanderlost.
The story started off quite funny: Aubree got her hair stuck and there wasn’t particularly anybody near to save her, so after a while, her sister found her and freed her. After that, there were some more funny parts (at least, I thought the whole police thing was kind of funny) and thanks to those events Elizabeth (Aubree’s sister) can’t go on her Europe tour that she has to do to earn a special job. Elizabeth doesn’t want to give that up – so she decides to ship Aubree away, hoping she could fix everything.
But the point is, Aubree doesn’t know anything about leading a tour – specifically a tour for seniors. Aubree also doesn’t speak Spanish, which is kind of a big deal since the bus driver only speaks Spanish. So there goes Aubree – pretending to be Elizabeth and hoping for the best.
I really liked this story. Obviously because of the road trip, but also because there was a special bonding between all the characters. I liked Aubree – even though she didn’t always like herself, I knew she was smart and could do anything as long as she worked hard for it. And so she did her “job”, being quite the cool tour guide!
I kinda liked the seniors. They were fun and absolutely not boring. I loved how they bonded with each other and with Aubree – it felt like they were a family.
I really liked Sam too – he was very charismatic and fun, quite the opposite of Aubree. I especially liked that, because they were very different on that part. The relationship between Sam and Aubree starts kind of weird (being “phone friends” and all that) but when Sam actually also tagged along on the tour, I could definitely feel their chemistry. I loved their relationship.
I liked that there weren’t only nice things happening, but also quite sad things. That made the book definitely realistic.
To sum it all up, Wanderlost was definitely a story I liked. It was new and cute and awesome and I really enjoyed reading it.
So, if you want to read that’s about traveling, making friends and finding love, you should definitely pick up Wanderlost!