Wanderlust is a traveling story of fun and second chances

Wanderlust. Image courtesy G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Wanderlust. Image courtesy G.P. Putnam's Sons. /

There is something about vacation stories that just screams summer including Wanderlust by Elle Everhart.

If you’re looking for something to add to your beach bag, Wanderlust is the perfect addition to the beach or any vacation you have planned this summer. In my opinion, Putnam always has some great books for beach reading.

With a title like Wanderlust though, there is a lot to be excited about as it almost guarantees there will be a vacation and lots of travel. Whether you’re traveling yourself or are headed somewhere close, you can’t go wrong in grabbing a book to take with you.

In particular, Wanderlust will hit that sweet spot for those who are craving something fun with some more profound moments and a slow-burn romance that will have you wanting until the very last page.

Wanderlust is a fun romp for those looking to travel within their book.

First, I’d like to thank G.P. Putnam & Sons for sending me an ARC of Wanderlust as I ended up reading it in two sittings. I don’t know what it is about this publisher, but I tend to read their books very quickly so I can safely say this one is a solid pick for a beach read.

The book follows Dylan who works at a magazine and in the spur-of-the-moment, ends up calling into a radio station and winning a trip around the world. The only catch is that the radio station gets to pick a random person from your contact. The radio station ends up picking Jack who Dylan met at a bar and ghosted.

Jack agrees to go with her and the story goes from there. While things seem tense from the start, these two slowly but surely open up to each other. This is all set against the backdrop of their trip which starts in England but takes them to Australia, Asia, and even, the United States. All in all, their travels and the things they do are so fun to read about.

The main high point for Wanderlust is Jack and Dylan’s growth throughout the story. Dylan is dealing with burnout at her current job, being doxxed after sharing her abortion publicly and her parents disapproving of her. Coupled with Jack’s parents being too hard on him, these two have a lot of baggage between two them.

Regardless, they’re able to work through things albeit not the healthiest way to start but it’s all about the journey, right? In a way, I feel like that’s the constant theme throughout the entirety of Wanderlust. Yes, getting there is great but the journey of working, changing, and growing is what makes the story worth reading in a sense.

While I did enjoy this book, it did feel a bit low-stakes and even, a bit meandering in the middle as I just wanted these two to talk. However, it ended up being a solid one and I’m excited to see what Elle Everhart does next. Plus you can’t deny how cute that cover is.

Wanderlust by Elle Everhart is out now wherever books are sold. 

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