One adventure abroad they'll never forget.
After a summer of fun, Camie, Joelle, and Sarah are ready to reunite in Italy for one last adventure, but heartbreak waits in the shadows of the cobblestone streets. Can Florence cast its spell and turn lost love into a final fling?
Catch up with the girls in this final installment of the New Adult series about love, escape, and true friendship.
About the Author
She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and a proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.
A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian,
and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The girls reunite in Florence, Italy, and I thought to wrap up their stories, but really, this is only the end of Camie's story with Joelle's and Sarah's still to come (yay!). Camie and Sarah are nursing broken hearts and Joelle is trying to figure out who she is against the rich backdrop of this beautiful and historic Italian town. Camie and Sarah both claim they're ready to put their past romances behind them and move on, but it turns out for both of them, that's easier said than done. Plot Told through Camie's point of view, we get glimpses into Joelle and Sarah, but mostly this is about Camie figuring out what she wants. After leaving Hunter behind in Paris, her ex reaches out to her via email, throwing her into a tailspin. The plotting is familiar, sticking to the formula the author used for the first three books, but that doesn't mean it's predictable. Characters Camie almost feels more lost now than ever, and her struggles come across as genuine for someone who doesn't know what to do with her future or with her love life. Sarah and Joelle take a giant backseat here, so I didn't get much of a sense of their development. The new characters who are introduced are done so superficially, as they aren't key to the plot. World Building Florence might just have moved to the top of the cities I need to visit in my lifetime. Well, I could probably do without the humidity, so maybe I'll go in the spring. Jen McConnel again combines sights, sounds, textures, and smells to create a three-dimensional setting. Ending I thought this was a great ending to Camie's story and I can't wait to read what happens with Sarah and Joelle. Top Five Things I enjoyed about What Happens Abroad: 1. Florence. The city just comes across as sultry and beautiful. 2. Camie. She's a hot mess before pulling herself together. 3. Pop-up nightclubs with themed rooms. Enough said! 4. Eating jarred pasta sauce in Italy. This totally cracked me up. 5. Romance. Without giving anything away, this was my favorite part of the book. Bottom Line What Happens Abroad nicely wraps up this series for Camie, leaving plenty of room for Sarah's and Joelle's stories to continue. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
After a summer of plenty of adventures and romance, Camie, Joelle, and Sarah reunite in Italy for one last adventure as a group. Now that the three of them have experienced quite a lot alone, they are finally excited to see Italy together, and so their adventure starts by renting an apartment. While they settle in the girls make a plan to visit as much as they can before they go back home. Yet the girls still wonder if they can still have a second chance at love, and Camie is one that wishes she could go back and see where her relationship would have gone. As the girls make one last effort to make their summer the best that it could possibly be, they meet new friends as they explore what Florence has to offer. Overall it was great to see the girls finally taking on an adventure as a group, having met as strangers they now have connected in a different level that made them best friends in the end, which I really liked. I would have liked to see their separate stories as full length novels rather than novellas. There wasn't a lot of character development in any of the books, and the ending was somewhat satisfying. At least we get a peek at one of the girl's next adventure in the end. I would recommend the series if you're someone that wants a very quick read, the stories are still good it's their ending that was not what expected them to be. ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
What Happens Abroad was a sort of wrap up to the whole novella series, which was so great. Sarah, Camie, and Joelle were all together in this final book. They are all trying to get over their heartbreak by partying and just enjoying each other's company in Italy, where they decided to stay together for a while before they had to go back to college. I feel that this series wrapped everything up perfectly, and of course one of my favorite characters ended up being the main character in this book. I love how this series was about friendship and adventures abroad, because I really want to go travelling. I highly recommend checking it out! The books were so short and easy to read, and you'll definitely fall in love with all of the girls as you watch them get tangled up in their love lives.