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The Wonder of Us

by Kim Culbertson

'new gen' - Great Books for Young Adults eBooks of the Month Sagas and Romance

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In a Nutshell: Rollercoaster road trip, relationships and forging fresh paths 

Brimming with coming-of-age dilemmas, romance and tonnes of transformative on-the-road experiences, this is an ideal summer read for fans of friendship-driven contemporary YA. 

Introverted history fanatic Abby has had it with feeling abandoned, what with Mom having left the family home and best friend Riya leaving their Californian hometown for Berlin. Moreover, she and Riya parted on bad terms and life hasn’t been the same since. But now, thanks to Riya’s grandmother, they have an opportunity to fix their fractured friendship during a two-week trip around Europe. Being chaperoned by Riya’s cousin is initially annoying, but he and Abby find themselves bonding while things run less smoothly for her and Riya. Matters come to a head in Edinburgh when Riya’s secret is revealed, and the eruptions they experience in Iceland aren’t only of a volcanic nature…

“Funny how life has a few of those visible moments, where you can actually see someone turn a corner,” Abby observes, which captures the heart of this novel. Growing up can suck - people evolve, they move, they move on, but that doesn’t mean a friendship has to end, and it doesn’t mean you’re left behind. 

Joanne Owen

The Wonder of Us Synopsis

An epic journey of love and friendship, forgiveness and possibility...

The novel itself is a beautiful wonder, and I would follow Riya and Abby anywhere. Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

Riya and Abby are: Best friends. Complete opposites. Living on different continents. About to embark on an epic adventure around Europe.

Since Riya moved away with her family to Berlin, she and Abby have struggled to be there for one another, and they haven't spoken in weeks. But Riya is pretty sure she knows the perfect way to make things better - a grand tour of European cities. Two weeks, six countries, unimaginable fun. Can the lush countrysides and dazzling cities of Europe fix their friendship, or does growing up mean growing apart?

Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Maggie Harcourt and David Levithan, this witty and vivid story is the ideal holiday read.

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ISBN: 9781406377170
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406377170
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Author: Kim Culbertson
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: People & places (Children's / Teenage), Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage),

About Kim Culbertson

Kim Culbertson is the author of The Possibility of Now, Catch a Falling Star, Instructions for a Broken Heart and Songs for a Teenage Nomad. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter, her favourite travel companions. For more about Kim, visit

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