The Getaway List
by Emma Lord
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Pub Date 23 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 06 Feb 2024
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
Inescapably romantic and brimming with New York Times bestselling author Emma Lord’s signature cheer, The Getaway List is an uplifting and romantic read that will settle into your heart and never leave.
The day of her high school graduation, Riley realizes two things: One, that she has spent the last four years trying so hard to be a Good Kid for her mom that she has no idea who she really is anymore, and two, she has no idea what she wants because of it. The solution? Pack her bags and move to New York for the summer, where her childhood best friend Tom and co-creator of The Getaway List — a list of all the adventures they’ve wanted to do together since he moved away — will hopefully help her get in touch with her old adventurous self, and pave the road to a new future.
Riley isn’t sure what to expect from Tom, who has been distant since his famous mom’s scriptwriting career pulled him away. But when Riley arrives in the city, their reconnection is as effortless as it was when they were young―except with one, unexpected complication that will pull Riley’s feelings in a direction she didn’t know they could take. As she, Tom, and their newfound friends work their way through the delightfully chaotic items on The Getaway List, Riley learns that sometimes the biggest adventure is not one you take, but one you feel in your heart.
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I know I’m technically part of the ideal demographic for this book anymore (hello, mid-20s), I still feel like Emma Lord crawled inside my brain to write it. I loved every chaotic minute of it.
The romance was so sweet. I loved the easy dynamic between Tom and Riley and how the will-they-won’t-they reminded me of People We Meet On Vacation.
Also, the friendship!! Between Tom and Riley, and with the rest of the cast was so refreshing. I always love a good YA rom-com, but themes of friendship are always so nice to see.
I’m such a big fan of the way that Lord incorporates herself into the heart of her stories. In The Getaway List you see it in this love letter to New York, and the Taylor Swift references, and the little moments of chaos throughout the book (and I’m sure many other small things that I’m missing because I don’t know her personally) and I really love that. I feel like with every book I get to know Emma Lord just a little bit better and it feels special and in a way like she’s a friend. (I do understand boundaries though and I know this is not a person I actually know, but the sentiment still stands)
I hope that when January rolls around you’ll give Tom and Riley a chance to worm their way into your heart.
Emma Lord has knocked it out of the park with #thegetawaylist and it is the perfect read! Riley, Tom, Luca, Mariella, and Jesse are wonderful characters who make me want to go back to my younger self and run away to New York City! Haven’t we all felt the pull? Read this wonderful book about love, friendship, family, adventures, nerdy pursuits, and secrets. Thank you to #netgalley and #wednesdaybooks for this arc to read and review, all opinions are my own.
I got an ARC of this title from NetGalley and I’m delighted that I did. I thought it was just going to be a sweet, fun, fluffy read. And it was sweet. And it was fun. But it was much more than fluffy. While there is a romance in the story, it’s really more of a story about friends finding one another and teens finding themselves and those teens finding some level of peace with parents. I really really enjoyed the humor at the heart of the book, too. 💜📚
Emma Lord is the queen of YA romance and coming-of-age stories! The Getaway List might be favorite story of hers to date! I loved the characters, especially the side characters like Mariella and Luca. Lord manages to perfectly capture the emotional experience of change, new beginnings, first love, and growing up. All the relationships were perfectly written - the mom/child relationships, new friendships, old friendships, new and old loves. I’m amazed by how much is packed into the plot while still being easy-to-follow and entirely readable. These are the types of books I know I’ll share with my own daughters someday - the ones that show it’s okay to not have everything figured out, to try new things, to be scared, to question your relationships, to want more from the people who love you. Emma Lord is easily an auto-buy author and I can’t wait to see what she has planned next. Highly recommend this and all her books!
Thank you to NetGalley, Wednesday Books, and St. Martin’s Press for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review.