Happy Tuesday, guys!
Today, we're delighted to share Kim Culbertson's books! She's a blog favorite, and there's no way you're not going to love The Wonder of Us.
It features good friends, cute boys and a trip through Europe that helps both of them grow. It's a perfect way to kick-off summer, and we can't wait for all of you to read it!
Published April 25th 2017 by Point
Format read: ARC via publisher
Riya and Abby are:
Living on different continents.
Currently mad at each other.
About to travel around Europe.
Riya moved to Berlin, Germany, with her family for junior year, while Abby stayed behind in their small California town. They thought it would be easy to keep up their friendship-it's only a year and they've been best friends since preschool. But instead, they ended up fighting and not being there for the other. So Riya proposes an epic adventure to fix their friendship. Two weeks, six countries, unimaginable fun. But two small catches:
They haven't talked in weeks.
They've both been keeping secrets.
Can Riya and Abby find their way back to each other among lush countrysides and dazzling cities, or does growing up mean growing apart?
Culbertson introduces us to Riya and Abby, two lifelong best friends who have spent the academic year separated from one another. Riya moved to Germany with her family to Berlin, while Abby stayed in their small California town. They reunite in Europe over the summer in the hopes of fixing their friendship, but resentments over the separation and secrets accumulated during the year, make it a difficult physical and emotional journey.
What's great about The Wonder of Us, is that it's so much more than just a travel story. It's also a thorough look on the journey of growing up, and the obstacles that come along the way. Culbertson innately understands both the resentments and sadness that builds up when once close-friends are separated, and explores just what it takes to bridge that divide.
Both Riya and Abby have their fair share of resentments, and Culbertson presents both in a way that makes readers sympathetic to both sides. But what's even more compelling, is her ability to show how the two of them are able to adjust and accept changes that come along with their time apart. Even though none of the resolutions are a perfect solution, it's reality. It's a smart lesson on the give and the take that comes with growing up, and this is a welcome, positive lesson for any young reader to learn.
Set against the backdrop of several gorgeous European countries, this is a sparkler of a read.
Highly recommend, full stop.
About the author:
Kim Culbertson is the author of The Possibility of Now,Catch a Falling Star; Instructions for a Broken Heart, a Northern California Book Award winner; and Songs for a Teenage Nomad. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter, her favorite travel companions. For more about Kim, visit www.kimculbertson.com.