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.
Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my first review of the year! You have NO idea how glad I am that I did not get into a book slump over the pressure of choosing the first book of the year. I kept seeing the question “What’s your first book of the year?” all over social media and it started giving me anxiety because everybody seemed to already have their picks and they were really meaningful and I just could not choose what to read on December 31. So I didn’t read that day. I had picked another book but I was afraid of setting the tone of the year with a DNF so I put that one down for now in hopes of finding another book.
I finally picked Wanderlost by Jen Malone on my Kindle randomly because I had seen it on Book Outlet and decided to give it a chance. I went into it not knowing what it was about since I didn’t read the summary. The first chapter had me a bit sketchy and then the next day after I chose this book I realized this was going to take place in Europe and I was sold.
Wanderlost definitely had some Lizzie McGuire vibes. Aubree doesn’t become a popstar in Europe or anything like that, but she does switch places with her sister when her sister gets in trouble for taking responsibility of a party that was going on that had beer. She thought she’d get in less trouble because she was twenty-one, but it didn’t work out quite in her favor.
Aubree’s sister Elizabeth was supposed to be a tour bus guide for six senior citizens for a month and she talked her sister into going for her because she couldn’t stand the thought of backing out and letting everybody and her future down.
A couple of problems come up when Aubree gets to Europe. She forgets her binder Elizabeth made her and her phone on the airplane. Her parents don’t know she’s in Europe, they think she’s spending the month in Maine or whatever with her best friend. Aubree also doesn’t speak spanish, and because Elizabeth did, Aubree was stuck with a spanish speaking bus driver.
Aubree and Elizabeth fight throughout the book, especially because Aubree felt like Elizabeth was being too condescending. She learned to stand up to that by working everything out on her own.
And then we meet Sam almost immediately. Sam is part of the tour company (not going to spoil who he is for everybody) and they meet via the phone when he starts calling her about tour updates. Their first “meeting” was a meet cute especially when Aubree accidentally says loveyoubye on their first phone call. This plot was endearing to me and everything that happened after that was just sooooo adorable and gave me all the feels.
Oh, and somebody bought a round gouda cheese circle, which was kind of what Lizzie McGuire got when people were convinced she was Isabella in Rome. That was the other Lizzie McGuire vibe I got.
This book was fast paced, and just had all the feels and about everything you’d expect from a book about traveling in Europe. It was a five star read and I’d recommend it to anybody who is looking for a light young adult contemporary romance. I was very glad this was the first book of the year and I wish I could gush more about it, but I don’t want to give away too many spoilers. Just read it and melt into a puddle of adorable feels yourself!
What do you think? Have you read this book before? What was the first book you read this year? Do you have trouble picking that first read of the year?