If you liked any of the five books I mention below then you’ll probably love And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz! I listed the elements that the books have in common (besides being generally fun YA contemporaries) and linked to the Goodreads descriptions so you can add them to your TBR.

And check out the bottom for an awesome giveaway!!


Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who’s always nurtured Nora’s talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expense-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to study history’s most famous artists. The only catch: Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to her grandfather. It’s a no-brainer: Nora is in!

Nora’s mother, however, is less than thrilled about the trip. Alice put herself through law school to give Nora the kind of financially stable life she never had growing up, and she worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter. Her opinions haven’t gone unnoticed, either. Nora couldn’t feel more unsupported by her mother, and in the weeks leading up to the trip, the women are as disconnected as they’ve ever been. So, seconds after saying goodbye to Nora at the airport terminal, Alice calls out: “Wait! Stop! I’m coming with you!” 

Author Bio

Dana Schwartz is a writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Mental Floss, the Guardian, the New York Observer, MTV News, and VICE. When she’s not on Twitter as one of her parody accounts (@GuyInYourMFA and @DystopianYA), she’s on Twitter as herself (@DanaSchwartzzz), sharing far too much personal information to ever pull off the Thomas-Pynchon-reclusive-author thing. She currently lives in New York City.

Read This If You Liked…

1. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

  • The main character’s relationship with her mom is a key point of the story
  • Witty, realistic narration
  • Tons of pop culture references
  • Tumblr artists

2. Wanderlost by Jen Malone

  • Traveling around Europe
  • Pretty cities!
  • European boys
  • Adventure in the unknown/finding yourself

3. Thirteen Blue Envelopes

  • The MC has to follow directions in some letters as she travels around Europe

4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

  • PARIS.
  • The main character starts out a bit reluctant to go to Europe
  • European boys and new friends and adventure

5. There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

  • The girl goes to Ireland!
  • Irish scenery & small towns & cliffs
  • New friends & boys
  • Figuring yourself out


Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz (ARV: $17.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 1, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 15, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about May 24, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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7 comments on “Like/Try/Why: And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz (+ Giveaway!)”

  1. I do love the list of similar books, so I think I’m going to enjoy this book too. Thanks for the comparison list!

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