The Wonder Of Us

The Wonder of Us

How did I get it?:
Received a copy from Walker Books UK, many thanks to them!

Synopsis:

Riya and Abby are:
Best friends.
Complete opposites.
Living on different continents.
Currently mad at each other.
About to travel around Europe. 

Riya moved to Berlin, Germany, with her family for junior year, while Abby stayed behind in their small California town. They thought it would be easy to keep up their friendship-it’s only a year and they’ve been best friends since preschool. But instead, they ended up fighting and not being there for the other. So Riya proposes an epic adventure to fix their friendship. Two weeks, six countries, unimaginable fun. But two small catches:

They haven’t talked in weeks.
They’ve both been keeping secrets.

Can Riya and Abby find their way back to each other among lush countrysides and dazzling cities, or does growing up mean growing apart?

Thoughts:

YA contemporary is something I particularly enjoy, especially so in the warmer weather. When I was offered the chance to read The Wonder Of Us, I snapped it up, purely on that cover and the synopsis itself. I do like a book involving travel, especially travel around Europe. I did enjoy reading this book, but it didn’t blow me away like I wanted it to. I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I thought I might.

The Wonder Of Us is all about two best friends reuniting and going on an adventure around Europe. Abby is pretty fed up with Riya who she feels abandoned her when she needed her. Abby’s parents have recently been struggling and Abby feels like Riya abandoned her to go to Berlin. What Abby doesn’t realise is that Riya has been dealing with her own secrets since leaving each other on bad terms. Riya offers Abby the chance to travel through Europe for two weeks- a ticket that’s been paid for. It’ll give Abby the chance to escape home life in California and hopefully give the girls time to sort through their troubles.

The story is narrated by both Abby and Riya meaning that the reader gets to find out both sides of the story.  It’s also got some interesting secondary characters to get to know, like Neel, Riya’s cousin, who is chaperoning during their trip.

I think part of my problem with this book was that I didn’t understand Abby’s frustration with Riya. Best friends can’t always be by your side, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t care for you. Some of my best friends I don’t see for months on end, but I know they are still there. I understood that Abby had a tough time in her home life and sure, Riya could have been there for her more, but I was still left feeling frustrated by Abby’s actions.  I could have also done without the bickering throughout the story although I do believe it made their rift more believable.

I did enjoy ‘travelling’ Europe with the characters. I feel like Kim Culbertson really set the scene in each country really beautifully. This book was easy to read and I think it would make a decent beach’/summer read.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Beautifully set in Europe, this book will be great for summer reading!

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This Week In Books #112

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Whistle in the Dark The Wonder of Us Blood and Chocolate

NOWWhistle In The DarkEmma Healey– I’m just about to start this book, hopefully I’ll get a good chunk of it read tonight after work.

THENThe Wonder Of UsKim Culbertson– I enjoyed this YA read, but it didn’t blow me away.

NEXTBlood and ChocolateAnnette Curtis Klause– This is the book that Beth and I are reading for our Banned Books feature. I’m very intrigued by it!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #111

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Wonder of Us My Husband’s Lies Whistle in the Dark

NOWThe Wonder Of UsKim Culbertson– I’m just about to start this book (hopefully tonight or tomorrow!) and I’m intrigued to see what I make of it. It looks like a decent YA contemporary.

THENMy Husband’s LiesCaroline England– I was a little bit let down by this book. It wasn’t what I had anticipated. My review is up here.

NEXT Whistle In the DarkEmma Healey– I was meant to read this book earlier in the month, but I didn’t get around to it. It’s definitely on my radar for this weekend! 🙂

What have you been reading this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by. Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #192

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

RatBurger

I am reading this book for my kid-lit challenge with my sister, Beth. I’ve read David Walliams before and enjoyed his work! 🙂

Saga, Vol. 3 (Saga, #3)

This will be the banned book I read for the Banned Book feature on my blog. 🙂 Looking forward to it!

Sent by publishers:

The Wonder of Us

I don’t know much about this author, but I really liked the sound of this book so I was happy to be sent a copy!

Long Way Down

I am so excited about reading this book. I may have to bump it up my TBR list. It sounds incredible. It’s in verse too. Ooh.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!