Publishers Weekly Review
Nineteen-year-old Sydney has never traveled far from home: she's felt compelled to watch over her agoraphobic mother ever since her father left years earlier. Sydney is ready for a respite from family responsibilities, so when her best friend Leela breaks up with her boyfriend and needs another summer travel companion in Europe, Sydney hesitantly agrees to accompany her. What follows is Mlynowski's (Don't Even Think About It) hilarious if predictable recounting of two girls' mishaps, adventures, romantic escapades, and heartbreaks while traveling from country to country. There are reflective moments, too, as Sydney battles with guilt for leaving her younger sister in charge at home and worries (after a couple of minor panic attacks) that she may have inherited her mother's disorder. Then there's the matter of Leela's ex, who shows up in Europe wanting to make amends and whose own travel companion steals Sydney's heart. Witty with a serious edge, this book encapsulates the wonder, joy, and anxieties that accompany any journey. Ages 14-up. Agent: Laura Dail, Laura Dail Literary. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
Gr 10 Up-A monthlong trek across Europe with your BFF sounds like the perfect way to spend your first summer after freshman year of college. Sydney wants to take the perfect selfie and scope out attractive guys, but she also hopes the trip will help newly single Leela get over her cheating ex. Although leaving her mother, who has agoraphobia, in the hands of her younger sister weighs heavily on Sydney's mind, she is determined to make this the trip of a lifetime. The girls' romp hits a roadblock when Leela's ex, Matt, shows up. Sydney tries to support her friend, but it's kind of hard to focus with Matt's hot friend Jackson around. While Leela and Matt heat up and then cool off again, Sydney and Jackson find themselves falling hard for each other. Sydney's physical journey across Europe mirrors a personal one in which she must weigh her role as a friend against her own happiness. Mlynowski weaves an adventure suited to older readers: in Amsterdam, Sydney and her friends explore marijuana bars and even a candidly described sex show. Peppered with fresh, funny dialogue, this is an upbeat country-hopping trek. Sydney's struggle to balance new and old friends, romance, and family obligations will resonate with teens. Fans of E. Lockhart's "Ruby Oliver" series will enjoy graduating to this more mature option. VERDICT An entertaining journey, complete with the Eiffel Tower, gelato, and cute boys, that is perfect for summer reads displays and shelves.-Carrie Finberg, South Park High School, PA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
What could go wrong when you've mapped out a four-and-a-half-week backpack trip through Europe with your best friend? Plenty, it turns out. Nineteen-year-old Sydney and Leela planned to trek around Europe, see the sights, kiss hot boys, and have a summer they'd never forget. But when Leela's ex-boyfriend shows up unexpectedly, even the best-laid plans fall apart. Meanwhile, Sydney has her own issues, continually having to check in with her sister, who's caring for their agoraphobic mother. From London to Amsterdam, Bruges to Paris, Interlaken and the South of France, the girls navigate not only unfamiliar geography but also unfamiliar emotions, situations, and an abundance of drama. Mlynowski's latest is best suited to older teens and new adult readers due to an overload of drinking, lusting, and getting high, plus a running narrative involving a sex show. That said, who wouldn't want to have a European adventure and fall in and out of love on a dime? The abrupt ending of this rambunctious summer romp signals there's likely a sequel in the works.--Fredriksen, Jeanne Copyright 2010 Booklist