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For those of you who don't know me, I'm a bookseller, post graduate job seeker, avid reader, and a blogger. :)
Note: I received this book for free from Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was not paid to write this. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Wanderlost by Jen Malone was a predictable YA contemporary. From the synopsis, you could probably predict the overall plot right from the start. It probably sounds just like your typical YA contemporary romance. However, for me, Wanderlost was quite the gem. Jen Malone’s Wanderlost was completely heartwarming with endearing characters that made the story so much more valuable than just your everyday YA contemporary romance.
The success of Wanderlost‘s story was definitely all due to the eccentric cast of characters: a teenage girl on the quest to make her older sister proud, two senior citizens best friends that love to argue, an older couple still very much in love, a suave retired teacher, an introverted senior that rather be at home, and a teenaged boy that always seems to say the right things. I could not help but fall in love with each and every character and watch the hilarious trouble they each caused. So while I knew the end result of the story plot wise, reading the journey to get there was worth meeting all of the characters Jen Malone created.
Additionally, while Wanderlost is definitely a YA contemporary romance, I loved all the lessons it subtly taught. Wanderlost is definitely not just about two teenagers falling in love abroad. It shows readers how no one is perfect (even your seemingly perfect older siblings) and that you have to do what’s right for you even if it’s against your family’s wishes. Wanderlost is a story about forging your own path and discovering who you are as an individual.
All-in-all, Wanderlost by Jen Malone was a wonderful read. If you’re looking for a quick YA contemporary with a cast of fantastic characters, I’d highly recommend giving Wanderlost a try. It may be predictable, and it may seem unrealistic. But I hope you find the story just as entertaining and endearing as I did. Honestly, those senior citizens were quite the bunch! ;)