Wanderlost by Jen MaloneWanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost

byJen Malone

Paperback | May 31, 2016

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Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe. A romantic and charming YA debut perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jenny Han.

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.

Title:WanderlostFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:May 31, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006238015X

ISBN - 13:9780062380159

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely. For anyone who knows me, I am a travel geek. I want to travel the world, see as many countries as I can, stay in luxury hotels, meet locals, take gorgeous photos, and be happy forever. Those are (some) of my life goals, and I get SO jealous when people are doing all of that. But, of course, to acknowledge my hidden envy, I love reading books that take place in foreign countries. Especially books that take place in multiple countries. Jen Malone did that all for me with the phenomenal Wanderlost. I was introduced to a hilarious plot filled with secrecy, cute boys and destinations I NEED to visit (like Italy, duh), all in the midst of a great story that I will NEVER forget about. Look at this: I read this book almost two months ago and I remember all of it. What is important to highlight is the author's storyline: this is about an accidental trip to Europe that the protagonist, Aubree, does not want to take part in. I guess you might be questioning AUBREE'S CRAZINESS and how she did not want to go, but THAT AIN'T THE POINT HERE. The point is: Europe. *insert heart, impressed eyes* Aubree takes the place of her sister, Elizabeth, on a tour across Europe. The catch here is: it is a tour for senior citizens, and SHE HAS TO LIE. Why? Because the tour company would never let Aubree do this on her own without any studying and maturity. Elizabeth wants a good reputation, so obviously, she does not tell anyone about this. AND BAM. The story begins, and Aubree is whisked off to foreign countries without any knowledge about them, finding that there is a romance waiting for her. And the romance starts with the tour company boss' son. OOOF. I can imagine your jaw dropping right now. Now you're smiling because you realized I was right, right? Heh. I just want to mention how lovely this story was and how every character was special, important and unforgettable. I loved Sam, THE GORGEOUS love interest (who shared special phone calls with Aubree every night) and all of the senior citizens. There was constant drama, perfect to cause readers to become obsessed and intrigued. You will love every page, every word that Jen Malone writes. This is a unique story, written by an author who was inspired by her own travels throughout the world. YAY! Wanderlost made me so lost in reading and I cannot help but squeal and fangirl. THIS IS A BOOK FOR ANY TIME OF THE YEAR. Go and enjoy it. (Now, if you excuse me, I'm going to find my own Sam!)
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun read I plowed through this book in a single sitting. It was so fun and heartwarming...just enough fluff without sacrificing story. The characters all felt very real and the details about the cities they visit was not overwhelming. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect contemporary YA summer read I had good fun previewing an advance reader copy of Jen Malone’s WANDERLOST. It’s the perfect contemporary YA summer read: light, breezy, funny, and filled with sightseeing for the vicarious traveler. The lovable Aubree Sadler goes on a whirlwind trip through Europe, taking over her older sister’s summer job as the tour leader for a group of senior citizens. She complicates things when she also pretends to be her sister, and the problems snowball from there. The tour company owner’s son Sam is particularly well depicted and good for several laughs. Complete with charming romantic interest, mistaken identity, dreamy settings, and a few plot twists that ask for a suspension of disbelief with a wink, WANDERLOST is an entertaining read that’s told with a delightful voice.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Be forewarned, this book will make you want to pack up and travel Europe. Not such a bad thing, really, except life is like no, you can't be doing that right now. Besides that, Wanderlost brought on the memories of some of my travels through Europe. Honestly that was my favourite part, when I could visually remember the steps that Bree is taking. Especially in Prague, Bree being a picky eater is ecstatic to find a McDonald's and I'm hear laughing at the sketchy McDonald's under the bridge(literally built into a pillar of this bridge) that smelled like piss that we passed by a few times a day. So yea, thanks for the memories, Wanderlost. Bree is the type of girl that is very contempt with not venturing beyond her town. She knows home, she loves home. It's safe and comfortable. Bree is even excited about only having a tiny commute to college in the fall. That's all about to change when her perfect sister, Elizabeth, gets arrested, which means she can't leave the country. That's a serious problem since she's scheduled to lead a senior tour group around Europe. Elizabeth convinces Bree to pretend to be her and take her place. They through together a plan, conduct a bunch of lies and Bree is on her way to Amsterdam. Obviously that's all good on paper, but lies and cons don't usually stay in the dark. Story wise, there was more positives than issues, after over looking how far fetched the set up is because seriously Bree and Elizabeth's plan would never fly. Wanderlost is a sweet and charming romantic travel adventure. I don't know if Malone has been to the countries and cities visited throughout the book or she did her research; either way the detail is vivid. Even the places I only know from pictures were easy to imagine. I could picture myself walking around Venice with Bree and Sam or driving the twists and turns of Monaco with Mr. Fenton. All of that travel was splendid. My issues lie with the way Bree's lying. I know it was ALL part of the plot, and at times I just overlooked it and went with the flow. But it really did get tedious. Especially when she's so conflicted and really wanting to come clean but she doesn't. I get it, but still. This ties into my biggest qualm, which unfortunately I thought might happen, the big plot device that was used to make Bree's lies to come to light. Honestly, it sucked that after all the personal growth Bree was experiencing that she couldn't just have found the courage to tell the truth without this situation. I know vague, but obvious spoiler. Just know that it was an unnecessary plot tool. Bree is an easy girl to get. She's seventeen, on her way to college but still fully happy living with mom and dad. Bree's never had to take care of herself; break out of being comfortable. The difference between Bree at the start of the book to the end of huge. She's still Bree just improved. She's doing things she never imagined, experiencing destinations without help. Bree is confident and breaking out of that shadow of her sisters she's been living in. Basically Bree is realizing being self sufficient, independent and open to new things is not a bad thing. Of course there's a romance. And let me tell you, Sam is all sorts of swoon. Sweet, caring, adorable, funny, endearing; just lovable in every which way. Sam also works for the tour company Bree is. His initial job is calling Bree everyday to make sure everything is a-okay. Of course they have a total meet cute(talk cute? phone cute?) where there is an instant connection before they even meet face to face. But once that happens, holy attraction. Sam being the worldly type, showing Bree how amazing traveling is basically had me doing two things; one falling in love with him because obvs. And two having a certain song playing in brain. I know I've said this a few times, but let's say my second favourite bits? The old folks. Talk about a hoot. Bree was all like I don't know old people, how do I relate to them. Well easily. #squadgoals They pretty much show Bree up. How they're living life, having a good time not letting age get in the way. Mr. Fenton, the wise history buff, bachelor for life. Mary and Emma best friends for life, giggling, skinny dipping. The ignorant Hank who after fifty series of marriage still can't keep his hands off his wife, Masey for a second. And Dolores, who could have been Bree in fifty years. Dolores and Bree connect over being homebodies well realizing you can come out of your shell at any age. Pretty much these characters are truly characters, they may be older but there's no slowing them down. Wanderlost is a charm of a read. It's fun, romantic and adventureful. And hey, Malone doesn't have to end it here, she can jump right into NA as we follow Bree and Sam through some college and than some summer travels. Basically I want more Sam. Gimmie more Sam.
Date published: 2016-06-01

Editorial Reviews

“Malone has written an entertaining journey that teens are sure to love.”