- Page Count: 352
- Release Date: May 31, 2016
- My Rating: 3 stars
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 begins unraveling, 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.
There are some major plot holes and endless moments of “seriously this would NOT happen,” but if you just roll with it it’s entertaining.
General plot: Aubree goes to Europe for the summer to impersonate her older sister and do her job as a tour guide so her sister can still keep her job with a politician in the fall. A cute guy shows up and thinks she’s her sister and Aubree decides not to tell him the truth (because THAT always works out well). That whole plot device of “how will I ever trust you when you lied to me about everything” is getting rather old at this point, but I did love the European settings and all of the senior citizens on the tour!
Aubree’s character kind of annoyed me, though. The girl was so timid, sheltered, boring, and honestly not that bright. She was super reluctant to go on a FREE trip to Europe, doesn’t know what she wants in life, would otherwise have spent her summer sleeping and not doing much, made up a food allergy so she could eat McDonalds instead of try European food, and is so incredibly incompetent that I’m not sure how she managed to find her classes everyday at school. I just wanted to smack some motivation and/or common sense into her for most of the book. The entire plot was tied together by a series of too-fortunate coincidences, but if you just take it as a light summer read it’s still really fun. Because Europe.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!