by Jen Malone


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Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe. A romantic and charming YA debut perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jenny Han.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062380159
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 90,328
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jen Malone once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on Stevie Nicks's tour bus. Jen is the author of The Arrival of Someday and the YA travel romances Map to the Stars, Wanderlost, and Changes in Latitudes. www.jenmalonewrites.com.

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Wanderlost 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
Wanderlost is a really fun read. Aubree has just graduated from high school, but she’s never been anywhere. She’s set to start college in the fall in her hometown. Her sister, Elizabeth, the perfect one, gets arrested for hosting underage drinkers at Aubree’s graduation party. When she concocts a crazy plan to have Aubree to fill in for her as a tour guide in Europe for the summer, Aubree is less than thrilled. But feeling responsible for her sister’s situation, she reluctantly agrees. Aubree is soon in Europe with a Spanish-speaking bus driver and a small group of senior citizens who are expecting her to lead them on a 3-week adventure. After losing her sister’s meticulous notes, she’s winging things and solving her own problems for the first time in her life. Enter cute boy…Sam, the tour company’s son, and this story is complete. I loved the romance. I loved the old people. They brought such great comic relief and insight into Aubree’s experience. Aubree herself was a little annoying at times, but she had some good character growth. The plot was a bit far fetched, but still super cute. I loved reading about the different locations, especially The Sound of Music impromptu tour experience. If you’re looking for a light summer read, this book is a perfect choice. http://opinionatedbooklover.com/review-wanderlost-by-jen-malone/
Morgan_S_M More than 1 year ago
Very adorable!! Stressful at many moments but I loved the mixture of characters and how believable a pretty unbelievable situation felt. I loved all of the travel moments and the ship was adorableeeee, I shipped it a lot!! I did not expect some of the plot in the last few chapters but I like how everything resolved. Super cute and enjoyable book about learning who you really are :)
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
This was a super cute travelogue/love story/finding yourself journey, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The quirky tour participants made for such excellent characters, and Aubree's swoony, hilarious adventures with Sam made me so happy. I can't remember the last time I read a romance that made me giggle like this one did. Plus, the depictions of European sights and scenery were absolutely gorgeous--even with just the written word to go by. By the end of the book, I guarantee that you'll be ready to travel Europe, forge new paths for yourself, or fall in love. Maybe even all three.
BookPrincessBlog More than 1 year ago
Coming off my own recent trip to Europe, I was so pumped to read this book. It promised fun Europe adventures, a great group of funny senior citizens, and an adorable love story. I was certainly not disappointed with the feels this book gave me, although I was a bit depressed that I had only been to one of the places that Aubree had been so I couldn't awkwardly shout at my book - and myself - "WELL, I'VE BEEN THERE!" Yeah, there was not much of that going on, and that stunk. It just made me crave going back to there and seeing more of the beautiful continent. Shucks. This book is about Aubree, who is kind of the "lesser" sister. Her older college-aged sister, Elizabeth, is the perfect one and always has been. So when screw-up, Aubree, throws a party that ends up with the cops at the door, perfect Elizabeth agrees to take the fall, causing a big change in schedule for her perfect plan of touting around a group of six elderly citizens on a trip of their lives. Enter in Aubree who will go instead of Elizabeth and pretend to be her. Can you just imagine all the ways it goes wrong? Because they pretty much all come true. I thoroughly enjoyed Aubree, who I was a bit hesitant about at first. Truthfully, I'm a bit more type A like Elizabeth, so I was expecting that I totally wouldn't get Aubree's side of things. Wild child is just in my vocabulary. Helmets, knee pads, and a heck of a lot of padding are there, though. So I was surprised by just how much I felt for Aubree, and how I was actually rooting for her side instead of Elizabeth. I truly felt for her and how much being overlooked by her sister saddened her. It really was a touching story between these two, and the characterization was done beautifully. The love story between her and Sam did move a bit fast, but it fit with the predictably, cheesy love story that I knew that I was getting into. They really were adorable together, but I'm not going to lie - it was fast. Like, Fast and the Furious fast. So, if you're welling to ignore the instalove, it's adorbs. What I didn't expect from this story was the heart and warmth I felt for her group of senior citizens. I loved their little ragtag group, and I was cheering for all of them to have the time of their lives. Man, I want my own posse of senior citizens at this point. We would rule Europe. I was also surprised by the little twist that Jen Malone brought. In little contemporaries like this, it is hard to bring something new, and man, the surprise that she brought had me reeling. It got real dark, real fast, and I wasn't sure how to deal with it. For having an adorable cover, it definitely wasn't all sunshine, rainbows, and pictures of young people holding their arms out in what should be a rom com music montage. I appreciated the effort to make it more real, but man, I didn't see that coming. Also, Jen Malone's writing style was a breeze to read, and I whipped through this book so quickly. Overall, a great read, and I am definitely on the look out for more of her books in the future. Now, I really gotta go look at how to become an European tour guide specializing in senior citizen buses. Ciao! Check out more of my reviews here: https://bookprincessreviews.wordpress.com/text
ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
If there ever was a book that I wanted to curl up and live in, it would be this one. Between the budding romance between Aubree and Sam and the group of senior citizens that were on the tour, I fell in love and decided I want to quit my job and join them on their tour across Europe. The interaction between Sam and Aubree was fantastic, right from their very first phone conversation together. Sam is witty, funny, and just has this carefree attitude that just makes your heart melt. Though I loved all the senior citizens that were on the tour, Mr. Fenton was by far my favorite out of them all. I was captivated by the way he looks at life and things he would say to Aubree to help her grow more into herself were done in such a way, that most of the time she didn’t realize what Mr. Fenton was doing. This book was charming and the perfect summer read.
CB_Whitaker More than 1 year ago
I had good fun previewing an advance reader copy of Jen Malone’s WANDERLOST. It’s the perfect contemporary YA summer read: light, breezy, funny, and filled with sightseeing for the vicarious traveler. The lovable Aubree Sadler goes on a whirlwind trip through Europe, taking over her older sister’s summer job as the tour leader for a group of senior citizens. She complicates things when she also pretends to be her sister, and the problems snowball from there. The tour company owner’s son Sam is particularly well depicted and good for several laughs. Complete with charming romantic interest, mistaken identity, dreamy settings, and a few plot twists that ask for a suspension of disbelief with a wink, WANDERLOST is an entertaining read that’s told with a delightful voice.
RAB19 More than 1 year ago
WANDERLOST has all the ingredients for a perfect summer book. 3 parts adventure, 2 parts romance, and 1 part humor. Jen Malone nailed Aubree's teen voice here, and the cast of secondary characters are real and memorable. This book is all kinds of light and adorable, sprinkled with just the right amount of meaning and growth. Bring a copy with you on your own summer adventures!
Gail99 More than 1 year ago
Funny, romantic, and sure to give you travel-envy, WANDERLOST follows Aubree who secretly takes over her big sister's summer job as a European tour guide for a group of senior citizens. Jen Malone doesn't skimp with the characters here -- the seniors are as lively and fun to read about as Aubree and her romantic interest, Sam. But Sam thinks she's really her sister, Elizabeth. Aubree finds herself falling for Sam, and has to figure out how and when to tell him the truth about herself. Set against the backdrop of Europe (Holland! Monaco! Austria -- complete with tons of Sound of Music references!), this is as great as a summer read can possibly get.
KarenHallam More than 1 year ago
What an adventure! First of all, if you’ve read any of Jen Malone’s books, you know she lures you in with her captivating voice, always humorous, wise and worldly, and so much fun. Wanderlost surpassed my expectation. I smiled nonstop reading this book. Seventeen-year-old, Aubree Sandler is about to spend her summer before college, luxuriating by the pool in Ohio with friends, until her upstanding sister, Elizabeth is arrested. Things change fast, when her sister, the upwardly-mobile-congress-hopeful, does some fast thinking, (it’s her forte) and sends Aubree in her place as a tour guide for a group of senior citizens through Europe. Reluctantly, Aubree heads off. Her landing is less than smooth, and one thing after winds up happening to test her resolve. (Love this book!) She has to keep up with the lie, pretending to be her older sister. This lands Aubree deeper and deeper into a place of no return. When she meets the boss’ son, Sam (omg! Love him) what a swoony gentleman, her choices become even stickier. Aubree faces hard choices, all while touring some of Europe’s most enigmatic and magical cities. It felt like I was on the whirlwind tour! With a side of romance--and you wouldn’t believe the suspense! Heart-racing adventure. Did I say how much I LOVE this book? A great read from upper middle-school to high school. It's so, incredibly charming!
COBauer More than 1 year ago
WANDERLOST by Jen Malone is simply adorable. I was pretty much grinning ear-to-ear from start to finish. I would LOVE to see this book made into a movie. We follow Aubree on an unexpected journey across Europe where she leads a small tour group of senior citizens. This story covers themes of self-discovery, growing up, independence, first love, and expanding horizons. Top top if off we’re presented with a totally swoon-worthy book boyfriend. Sometimes a gal needs something fun, light, and easy-breezy. This is pretty much the perfect summer read. Enjoy!!! WARNING: This book will make you want to hop the next flight to Europe…
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this book! Malone's books are always full of heart, adventure, fun, and great characters and this one definitely fits that description. I really enjoyed traveling along to all the different locations in Europe with such a wonderful cast of characters.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I don't know how I missed this one, but it was pointed out to me and I was able to quickly download it. Wandering around Europe with a cute boy? Count me in. I liked Aubree well enough. She's quite sheltered and babied in her family and at first I did struggle with her very young sounding voice. As the book progresses, she does grow and get some depth and by the end of the story, I did like her. For me, it was the secondary characters who stole the show. I loved Emma and Mary and Mr. Felton, but it was Sam who stole my heart. I couldn't get enough of him. There is enough of Europe described to feel like I was on the trip with them and a few surprises I didn't expect. Of course it has the reveal I was counting on and the repercussions to go with it. I would have liked an epilogue, but I did enjoy where the story ended. Overall, it was a cute and quick read. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**