Waiting on Wednesday (14)
Hey y’all!It’s Grace here to do Waiting on Wednesday. I'm suffering from yet another sinus infection, but making it through the week.Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where bloggers and readers showcase upcoming books that they’re looking forward to reading! I’ve just recently decided to partake in it (partly due to the girls over at Lit Up Review, where I also blog) and I’ve discovered so many reads that I’m putting on my to-read list. Without further ado, here’s this week’s pick!Novel: Wanderlost by Jen Malone | GoodreadsRelease Date: May 31, 2016Publisher: HarperTeen
Seventeen-year-old Aubree has always idolized her adventurous older sister, even while utterly content to track Elizabeth’s antics from the cozy comforts of home, in the tender care of doting parents. So when Elizabeth gets herself in "a touch of trouble” and, for the first time ever, actually needs Aubree's help, Bree is flattered but insistent.There’s no way she can do what Elizabeth is asking. Impersonate her recent-college-grad sis all summer, just so Elizabeth can score the recommendation she needs to land her dream position? Nope, nope, not gonna happen.ESPECIALLY when Elizabeth’s summer job is leading a bus tour.A bus tour across Europe.A senior citizens' bus tour across Europe.And that's even before Bree finds out that the tour owner’s super-cute son (who is decidedly NOT elderly) will be a last-minute addition.Bree would have to be crazy. Or would she?
I've talked on my writing blog about how I'm particularly obsessed with travel lately; perhaps it's a side effect of being a senior. I'm stir-crazy and passionate, ready to consume the world. That's always been a reason why books and stories in particular have appealed to me: as a form of singular escapism and exploration.I love normal books for this reason, but I especially love YA books that deal with encountering traveling for the first time. I know white-girl-takes-on-other-cultures is a trope that's overused (and can be racist if used in conjunction with other ideas) but it can be powerful to me sometimes. Even though it's "basic", it's still something that I hope to someday do myself.I love that Aubree is scared. I love that she's not the strong-and-silent type that crops up in similar reads of self-discovery in another country. I think that could provide for some interesting scenarios and a lot of character development (which I love to see.)This one deals with the concept of trekking across Europe for the first time, but it does so in a light, contemporary tone. It deals with romance and fearlessness, and it's for those reasons in particular that I want to read it. I want a book that's funny, and cute. Who knows? It could also deal with profound ideas that make me reevaluate my perception of the world.Plus, I'm weak for a beautiful cover. This one is simple, but striking. I love the typography and the color scheme. It makes it look soft, but appealing.