Review: The Girl’s Guide to Summer by Sarah Mlynowski

Girls Guide to SummerTitle: The Girl’s Guide to Summer

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

The Blurb

Boys, best friends and a summer spent backpacking around Europe… What could possibly go wrong? The perfect holiday read from bestselling YA author, Sarah Mlynowski.

Sydney Aarons is leaving her Manhattan townhouse for a summer backpacking around Europe with her best friend, Leela. They’re visiting London, France, Italy, Switzerland and everywhere in between – it’s going to be the trip of a lifetime.

BUT… The trip gets off to a bad start when Leela’s ex-boyfriend shows up on their flight out of JFK. When they touch down in London, Leela Instagrams their every move in the hope Matt will come and find them… Which he does, along with the most gorgeous guy Sydney has ever seen.

Will Sydney’s summer fling last the distance? And what will happen when they all head home?

The Review

Every so often a book comes along that will literally consume your everyday life and suck you into the story that you become a helpless victim and are unable to do a single thing about it.

Sarah Mlynowski’s The Girl’s Guide to Summer is one such book. It got me that riled up that immediately after I read the final page I sent the author an effusive tweet begging for more.

The Girl’s Guide to Summer focuses on the relationships, mainly protagonist Sydney Aaron’s to everyone else in her life: her best friend with whom her relationship has become strained since going to different colleges, her irresponsible younger sister, her agoraphobic mother and her new love interest. Sydney is feeling the pressure so time away seems like the perfect antidote.

Part travel novel part coming of age drama, The Girl’s Guide to Summer is THE read for the summer. I don’t care where you read it or how you obtain your copy but you must add this book to your summer reading list. Never before has a novel made me want to don a backpack and bugger off into the horizon but dagnammit The Girl’s Guide to Summer did just that.

The Girl’s Guide to Summer by Sarah Mlynowski is available now.

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5 Stars

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