It’s time for this week’s Standalone Sunday! Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme created by Megan @ Book Slayer Reads to feature books not part of a series that you’ve either read or want to read. It’s super fun and easy to join in.
There’s a real review of this book coming soon, I promise! As soon as I can find the motivation to catch up on the ten book reviews I missed, this one will be written. But as of now, I’m just going to gush my love for this book in a short and sweet paragraph so you can also pick it up before my long and giant review comes out.
Wanderlost by Jen Malone
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.
This book is just a bundle of fun and sweetness! Aubree is so relatable, even though I totally expected to relate to Elizabeth’s Type A personality more. The ship is super cute, and who knew a group of elderly people could be so freaking adorable??? I mean, these people were true friends to Aubree, and they broke my heart. Again, I feel like this was so much more than a romance story. It’s about Aubree growing up and taking control and becoming more confident. That being said, I hate the lying premise this story begins on, and it stays pretty prevalent throughout the book, so that’s my one major criticism of the book. But yeah, read this book and stay tuned for my (hopefully) upcoming review!