Author: Jen Malone
Release date: May 31st 2016
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Eventhough we both like to stay at home and read, we are very drawn to books that involve any kind of roadtrip or travel. And this one definitely sufficed.
This lighthearted contemporary is about a sixteen-year-old (going on seventeen) girl called Aubree Sadler. She lives in, and has never left, Ohio and she is very content with that. She has no desire to cross any statelines, let alone the border. So when she gets her sister in trouble and has pretend to be her as a tour guide leading senior citizens through Europe she isn’t all too excited to say the least. Throw in a charismatic 19-year-old boy, who becomes the only person her age she can, and wants to, really talk to.
What would you do if you had to choose between saving your sister’s career and being honest with the boy you might be falling for.
Our final thoughts:
The beginning felt a little weak to us. It seemed like the author had the story figured out from the beginning of the roadtrip onwards. But it felt like she wasn’t sure on how to introduce the readers to it.
Aubree isn’t the most entertaining protagonist to read about. Until about halfway into the book her feelings are slightly monotone and the discriptions of the first few stops aren’t as detailed as the later ones. It is only when the love interest becomes a bigger part of the story that she really starts to enjoy the journey more. Which keeps the reader more interested.
Something that we both really enjoyed is the fact that it does feel like you’re right there with Emma and Mary. Having a blast on the roadtrip. And the side characters are very developed and fun to read about (in most instances even more interesting than the protagonist).
Overall, we would recommend this book if you’re looking for an easy, contemporary YA book. But not if you’re looking something to get you out of a reading slump.
Likeyoubye, Doreth and Lotte.
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