Wish You Were Here

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0786800283
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Great Road Trip book
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Reader reviewed by Bookluver-Carol

Ariel Flack never thought she'd write a postcard saying "Wish you were here," especially to Dylan, the boy she's had a crush on forever and is finally (sort of) dating. She also didn't know she'd be sending that postcard from the family vacation from hella two-week geriatric bus tour with her crazy mom, annoying sister, embarrassing uncle, and frighteningly energetic grandparents.

As South Dakota rolls by at five miles an hour, Ariel begins to learn that sometimes life is just too complicated to fit on a postcard. Sometimes your parents let you down (and sometimes they don't). Sometimes you meet an unexpected fellow traveler. And sometimes you just have to go where the road takes youeven if the tour bus won't.

What do you get when you add a crazy road trip plus a dysfunctional family?

You get Wish you Were Here.
Wish you were Here was a heart-warming, funny novel filled with great characters. The details added in this book, make it feel as if you were in this road trip. The different places that Ariel went to, are very well described which transports you there, and lets you know that the author has visited or researched those places well.

The plot moved at fair pace. It kept your attention, most of the time, but there were some parts of the book that I found boring. The fact that the book took place during a road trip, made it more original and interesting.

The dialogue between the characters was realistic and funny at times. There was, also, witty and sarcastic dialogue which made the book much more enjoyable.

The characters were all very developed, and the different characters made the novel funny. The zany characters: Uncle Jeff who's afraid or squirrels, to her mother who wants to forget her husband, to the tour bus guides who won't say where they're going, make Wish you Were Here an enjoyable read that I do recommended.
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