Wanderlost Review

Synopsis: 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: 2.8/5

This should be a short review, because I don’t have a lot to say about this book. I had high hopes for it, because, as all of you who are friends with me on Goodreads know, I love books about travel. Also, I kind of associated it with Wanderlove because of the similar title, and that book was so fun.

This was not as good as that one. I was immediately a bit disappointed by the destination of this book: the very typical guided-tour-through-Europe. On the bright side, it wasn’t just Paris-Rome-London-whatever–the cities were a bit lesser-known. I liked the Sound of Music bit during a stop in Austria. But it was no backpacking through Latin America (yes, I’m still talking about Wanderlove. Did I give that book five stars? Because if I didn’t, I’m going to go back and do so. God I want to reread that book).

The setting wasn’t as heady and well-done as my favorite travel books (see my continual mentions of Wanderlove; the Just One Day/Just One Year duology by Gayle Forman does this better, too). Plus it was just kinda boring.

Bottom line: eh. You might like this (it has a 3.9 on Goodreads!) but it never really grabbed my attention. (I even posted a rare currently-reading update to say just that.)

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