ARC Review: Wanderlost

12:00 AM Serena 2 Comments

Wanderlost by Jen Malone
Publication Date: May 31st, 2016
Format/Source: eARC, courtesy of HarperTeen and Edelweiss. Thank you! 
Part of a Series? Nope! 

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.

Review at a glance... (As always, template courtesy of Alex @ Fiery Reads)

TITLE: boring | nothing special | pretty good | caught my eye | perfection | music to my ears
STAR RATING: all the stars | 5 stars | 4.5 stars | 4 stars | 3.5 stars | 3 stars | 2.5 stars | 2 stars | 1 star
COVER: not my favorite | goes well with rest of the series | boring | generic | pretty | series cover change | beautiful | HEART EYES
POV: 1st | dual 1st | 2nd | 3rd limited | 3rd omniscient | multiple POVs | too many POVs
CONCEPT: basic but well done | original as heck | run of the mill in genre | average | has potential | great idea, bad execution
MOOD: dark | hilarious | light hearted | romantic | depressing | suspenseful | fluffy | mysterious | sad
PACING: snail’s pace | couldn’t keep up | mix of fast and slow | slow in the wrong places | fast in the wrong places | what even is pacing?
CHARACTERS: i’m in love | couldn’t connect | too many | well developed (all) | infuriating | annoying | precious babies | underdeveloped (all)| a mix of good and bad | okay | new favorite characters | book boyfriend | excellent secondary characters
ROMANCE: none | steamy | adorable | ship it | didn’t ship it | cheesy | predictable | love triangle | instalove | OTP
DIVERSITY: none | black | jewish | asian | indian | lgbt+ | mental health | male narrator | body | culture

What a delightful novel! I was entertained from start to finish. I loved the premise, and I loved that it takes place across Europe. It was so fun and immersive. I also love the road trip elements because road trip novels are my absolute favorites. Sam is adorable, and though I wish Aubree had come clean sooner, I think they're wonderful together and their relationship made me smile so hard. And the cast senior citizens were hilarious as well. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quick and cute contemporary. This is not one to miss!


  1. I'm glad you liked this one! I love contemporary novels in the summer so I may have to check this one out! Great review!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. This is a perfect summer read! Very fun. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a try. Thanks for stopping by! xx