Not all those who wander are lost… except for Aubree.
In Wanderlost by Jen Malone, Aubree finds herself in hot water after her sister takes the blame for a high school party gone wrong and is arrested. Aubree’s sister, Elizabeth, was supposed to lead a senior citizen tour around Europe, but with a looming court date, she is unable to leave the country even though this job is very important for her future career. Elizabeth convinces Aubree to pose as Elizabeth and lead the tour even though she’s never been out of there small town.
Wanderlost is a book that I was interested in as soon as it was released, but held off on reading it. When I spotted Wanderlost as a Kindle deal, I was excited to finally read it! Wanderlost was everything I expected it be. It is the perfect fun summer contemporary that makes you feel like you’re on vacation.
I really enjoyed Aubree as a main character and think many readers will relate to her. Aubree has never left her small town and even after her high school graduation, she never plans on leaving. When Aubree finds herself in a foreign country, without her sister’s guide book or her phone, she is definitely challenged to go out of her comfort zone. As a result, Aubree grows significantly throughout the novel. Even though she never loses her small town roots, she gets a greater appreciation for the world around her.
I think one of the biggest factors of this novel that draws people in is the European tour. Even though there are some locations that are better detailed and represented that others, overall, I think that overall the tour aspect is well done. In the tour, Aubree visits several countries across Europe and the author definitely gives each country its own distinct feel. Additionally, all of the members of the tour group are well characterized and add a lot of humor to the novel.
There’s only one major criticism that I have with this novel. Inevitably, readers know that Aubree’s identity will be exposed. However, I’m not really a fan of how this plays out in the book. Without spoiling the book, I think what occurs is very unnecessary. It really disappointed me because I thought the story lines of the characters involved would go in very different directions. Even though I didn’t care for this part of the story, overall, it didn’t ruin the novel for me.
Wanderlost is a solid summer read if you’re looking for a read that will whisk you off to a new place. I give Wanderlost four out of five stars.