By Jen Malone
Source Received as a gift
Published by Harper Teen
on May 31, 2016
Cover image and 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.
This was a book club pick that I was really excited to read. I’d heard such good things about it!
I flew through this book. I didn’t want to put it down once I started reading. It was so fun! I definitely understood where Aubree was coming from in terms of enjoying staying where she was and not really having the travel bug. But I loved reading about her trip and the way she became more and more excited by the idea of travelling.
There were definitely some plot elements that I had to overlook to let myself really get into the story, but I happily did so because Wanderlost is such a fun read. And even though I was strongly on Elizabeth’s side at the start, I came around and saw both sides of the issues, from both Aubree and Elizabeth’s perspectives.
This was definitely a fun read and it put a smile on my face – recommended!