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Wanderlust: A Beautiful Americans Novel
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Wanderlust: A Beautiful Americans Novel

by Lucy Silag
 

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In this sexy, mysterious and romantic follow up to Beautiful Americans, snow falls over the French countryside as Alex, Olivia, and Zack search for their missing classmate, PJ. But while they have been looking for their beautiful troubled friend, theyfive been losing themselves along the way. When they hear news that PJ has killed herself, each is wracked with

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In this sexy, mysterious and romantic follow up to Beautiful Americans, snow falls over the French countryside as Alex, Olivia, and Zack search for their missing classmate, PJ. But while they have been looking for their beautiful troubled friend, theyfive been losing themselves along the way. When they hear news that PJ has killed herself, each is wracked with private guilt. Then Zack returns to Paris, and swears he sees PJ and her sister alive and well. Is it true? Find out in book three, Experienced!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
Alex, Zack, Olivia, and Jay, four high school students on a study abroad program in Paris, continue to enjoy their glamorous lifestyle while trying to save their missing friend, PJ, before it is too late. There is danger: Penelope Jane does not vanish but just goes in search of her sister. When creepy men from their past resurface, however, will PJ escape the peril that awaits? There is intrigue: Alex convinces Jay and Zack to stay at one of her dad's ritzy apartments in the French countryside while searching for PJ. Is three a party or a crowd, though? There is longing: Zack shocks everyone by bolting in a stolen car. He is seeking an old friend and a place to belong, but he is in for a big surprise. There is romance: back in Paris, Olivia's wild escapades with Thomas are brought to a halt with grim news about PJ's host family. Will their relationship blossom or fade with the test? Snow falls around them as the Lycee crew makes an epic—and totally scandal-ridden—trip through Europe in order to find PJ before she does something drastic. Will they lose themselves along the way? The reader must keep these separate happenings clear in the course of their reading the book. This is another of the "must read" Razor Bill books and part of "A Beautiful Americans Novel" series. Reviewer: Naomi Butler
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This loosely plotted sequel to Beautiful Americans (2008), again narrated by four U.S. teens abroad, sends them dashing around France over Christmas break from their Parisian prep school. Three narrators-Alex, Zack and Olivia-plus Jay, and Olivia's French boyfriend, Thomas, search aimlessly for their missing classmate, PJ. Because PJ is the fourth narrator, readers know where she is and what she's doing, which renders the other characters' worries and speculations irrelevant and tedious. Only PJ's account-she has fled her prominent French host family, complete with sexual-predator dad-offers genuine suspense. While this sequel gives readers more of France, with a side trip to Amsterdam, than its predecessor did, the vivid setting is filtered through the teens' self-absorption and shifting crushes on each other. As the story unfolds in breathless first-person, present-tense narration-Jay longs for PJ, Zack and Alex long for Jay-Europe fades into the background. Again it falls to Olivia, the ambitious dancer, to engage meaningfully with the people and places around her. Transcending the claustrophobic melodrama, she's a breath of fresh air. (Fiction. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595142238
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/24/2009
Series:
Beautiful Americans Series , #2
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Lucy Silag grew up in Iowa and California and graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2005. She has written for many publications, including Salon, Allure, New York Magazine, Real Simple Travel and the Independent on Sunday magazine. She lives in Paris, France.

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