Author: Emma Lord
Published by: Wednesday Books on Jan. 23, 2024
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Source: St. Martin's Press
Book Rating: 8/10
The day of her high school graduation, Riley realizes two things: One, that she has spent the last four years trying so hard to be a Good Kid for her mom that she has no idea who she really is anymore, and two, she has no idea what she wants because of it. The solution? Pack her bags and move to New York for the summer, where her childhood best friend Tom and co-creator of The Getaway List ― a list of all the adventures they’ve wanted to do together since he moved away ― will hopefully help her get in touch with her old adventurous self, and pave the road to a new future.
Riley isn’t sure what to expect from Tom, who has been distant since his famous mom’s scriptwriting career pulled him away. But when Riley arrives in the city, their reconnection is as effortless as it was when they were young―except with one, unexpected complication that will pull Riley’s feelings in a direction she didn’t know they could take. As she, Tom, and their newfound friends work their way through the delightfully chaotic items on The Getaway List, Riley learns that sometimes the biggest adventure is not one you take, but one you feel in your heart.
Inescapably romantic and brimming with Emma Lord’s signature cheer, The Getaway List is an uplifting and romantic read that will settle into your heart and never leave.
Cute, tender, and uplifting!
The Getaway List is a bighearted, charming tale that takes you into the lives of a handful of teenagers, including Riley, a young woman who, after graduation, decides to embark on a journey to Manhattan to visit her best friend Tom in order to complete a list of adventures they created as kids and perhaps finally discover who she truly is and what she really wants to do with her life.
The writing is smooth and fluid. The characters are well-drawn, genuine, and supportive. And the plot is a lovely blend of heart, hope, humour, and emotion.
The Getaway List is, ultimately, a story about life, friendship, family, coming-of-age, self-discovery, independence, and the joys of falling in love. It’s a sweet, heartwarming, entertaining novel by Lord that’s also a true love letter to the City of New York.
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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press – Wednesday Books for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.