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The Getaway List

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thank you to netgalley for the advanced reading copy. I really enjoyed this and will be getting copies for my shop.

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4.5โญ๏ธ this book is so darn cute

if you
-love New York City
-have experienced that in between of being a legal adult but feeling very much unprepared for it
-wish that Rory had run away with Jess when he offered at the end of season 4

this book is for you

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"Emma Lord's 'The Getaway List' is a delightful read that takes readers on a charming journey filled with humor, heart, and adventure. The characters are relatable and well-developed, making it easy to become invested in their stories. Lord's writing style is engaging, with witty dialogue and vivid descriptions that bring the setting to life. While some parts of the story may feel predictable, overall, 'The Getaway List' is an enjoyable and entertaining read that is perfect for fans of contemporary YA fiction. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and heartwarming escape for the summer."

Thank you netgalley for the ARC of this audiobook.

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This is my favorite Emma Lord book since her first, Meet Cute. It has a lot of the same elements - mainly the love of New York, the friend circle, the app, and just SO MUCH CUTENESS and will-they-won't-they stuff. Riley and Tom are such unbelievably cute cinnamon rolls that it's hard not to love them, but as usual with Emma Lord, that fluffy exterior belies the hot messes that they actually are. Riley's issues stem from her shutdown after Tom leaves in high school, leaving her bereft without a co-conspirator. Because she got into trouble at school with him, her mother attempts to control her every move in her last years of high school, creating a "Good Kid" version of Riley where she not only feels like she's not herself, but also that her true self is not good enough for her mom. Whew. Tom's story unfolds as we see Riley and Tom traverse New York and discover just how isolated he's become - and how he combats that. I won't go into spoilers, but let's just say that Emma Lord knows how to reveal secrets at precisely the right moment, and even though I had guessed at some of the secrets Tom was keeping, I couldn't guess at everything.

I think the thing that resonated the most with me in this book is Riley's feeling that she's directionless. There's nothing more relateable at 17-18, when people tell you you're supposed to be choosing what you do for the rest of your life. Her scrappiness and her ability to find and discover more about herself is what drives this book, and makes it such a keeper. The cute scenarios, the wonderful friend circle, and the backdrop of New York are icing on the cake.

Emma Lord has been an auto-buy author for me since the beginning - she doesn't disappoint. People looking for really awesome older YA contemporary that isn't too adult will find it here.

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I was excited to read this book, but it just didn't work for me.

The story was cute but it just didn't stick with me. I enjoyed the characters and the found family aspect but it felt like something was missing. Maybe I'm just not the ideal audience for this one.

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I love a book that has a quest or list of things to do. I liked the friendships and how their group developed naturally. I also liked that these young adults were navigating what it's like to be on their own for the first time. It's such a strange time when you leave home but don't yet feel like a grown up.

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Still not entirely sure what a "The Getaway List is," I just know that I want one for myself, please and thanks.

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A sweet story of a girl and her bff who moved away meet back up to complete their getaway list in the Summer between Hight School and College in NYC.

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A lighthearted teen rom-com about self discovery and becoming your best, true self when you find the perfect people to see exactly who you are and love you in spite of, and because of your quirks. Riley and Tom are relatable characters struggling to make their way after High School and following their summer adventures- with a hearty dose of suspension of disbelief- makes for a fun ride.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to both read and listen to this title with an eARC and ALC.

This is a charming coming of age, friends to lovers, young adult romance.

Riley and Tom have been inseparable since they met. That is, until circumstance separated them when Tom's mom gets a job in NYC. Without her partner in crime, Riley finds other ways into mischief, which leads her mother scheduling her last two years of high school to death.

Upon graduation, Riley feels free and finally has the time to determine her next move, even if it's not college. What could make more sense than visiting Tom in Manhattan while she parses out her next move?

While there, Riley and Tom try to work through their co-authored Getaway List items. As they check off their bucket list tasks, they collect a group of friends that turn more into family. They also begin to realize, maybe they've always been more than friends.

This story has Emma Lord's signature plucky charm with a charming story of self-discovery and hope. I would recommend this to 14 and up kiddos as it's squeaky clean.

The audiobook took me a while to get into because the narrator has a hint of a New England accent that echoed of Moira Rose at times. It took me out of the story on more than one occasion. That could be a me thing, however.

This was a 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars for me. It wasn't remarkable in that I'd like to reread this and would have made it part of my personality, but I enjoyed it.

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This was so cute I really enjoyed it , the characters and plot were well done as well I definitely plan to buy it

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Receiving an advanced copy was a delightful surprise. I believe both existing fans and newcomers will find it equally enjoyable.

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Emma Lord has quickly become one of my favorite young adult authors. I have read all of her books, and love them all. I was so excited to receive an early copy of this book and it did not disappoint! This is one of my favorites of hers that I have read. Lord, definitely knows how to write a coming of age story. I loved how the characters grew and developed throughout the story and their relationship. Overall this one is super sweet, With lots of fun filled adventure and self-discovery.

๐™‰๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง: Norma Burikofer
๐™‡๐™š๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ฉ๐™: 9h 45m

I thought this #audiobook was so good! I love the narrator in this one and I thought she did a great job. This story was fun, enjoyable and I felt like I was right there with the main character throughout.

๐™๐™š๐™–๐™™ ๐™ž๐™› ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ฎ:
โ€ข NY setting
โ€ข coming of-age
โ€ข bucket list
โ€ข self discovery
โ€ข friends to lovers
โ€ข swifties

"...that makes me so happy. The idea that we know all the same stars. That we'll always have that in common even when we're far away."

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Thank you so much for an advanced listening copy of The Getaway List by Emma Lord.

I loved this book so much! This is my first book by Emma Lord but it certainly wonโ€™t be my last. I really enjoyed her writing style and her characters. Not only were the main characters loveable but so were the side characters and I was so invested in their story lines as well!

I loved Riley and her development through the novel. I also loved that there was discussion not only about her friendships and romantic relationship but also the relationship with her mom!

I also really enjoyed the narration of Norma Butikofer!

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ARC Netgalley -

The Getaway List - offers a sweet escape into the lives of Riley and Tom, childhood friends reuniting in New York City for a summer of adventure. While the characters feel relatable and the writing is adept, the plot follows a familiar path without delivering any groundbreaking surprises. Emma Lord crafts a charming tale that may not sweep readers off their feet with dramatic twists, but still leaves a warm impression. Ideal for a light, one-time read, this book earns a solid 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5 in my bookshelf.

Additionally, the audiobook narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the story to life, enhancing the experience with their engaging delivery and skillful narration.

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This was a fun story about a summer in NYC between best friends. I enjoyed a lot of this and learning what they had left on their list they wanted to do together. I just felt the characters seemed really young for my overall enjoyment these days - but that says more about me than the story!

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i am a HUGE emma lord fan. iโ€™ve read all of her other YA books and have enjoyed every single one of them. this one wasnโ€™t any different! she just writes in a way that keeps me entertained and wanting to flip the pages, the characters are always enjoyable and i love how i always genuinely come to care for all of them, she has a way of making them feel like my close friends. this was a huge win for me!

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Emma Lord is an auto-buy YA author for me, so needless to say I jumped at the chance to read her latest. First of all, this book felt like a love letter to NYC. I want to go visit so bad now! I loved the found family and the friends-to-lovers trope. Nobody can quite capture the feeling of being in that in-between stage of life quite like Ms. Lord can.

While this wasn't my favorite novel of hers, I still thoroughly enjoyed! The audio was incredible as well. Would recommend!

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The Getaway List is about getting away and a bucket list that serves as a journey of finding what you really want in life. As each item is done, Riley and Tom discover a bit more about themselves. A slow burn romance and exploration of relationship with their moms.
VERDICT A fun read for older teens and young adults.

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This was a great audiobook!

The premise of Riley choosing to take her life into her hands after graduation when she isnโ€™t thrilled with her plans is bold, and I enjoyed seeing her character grow. It explores relationships and found family but also the personal quest for identity and developing oneโ€™s own interests!

I enjoyed the way the characters interacted, though at times, I felt like there were a lot of storylines and conflicts to keep up with.

I appreciated the romance element but also that it didnโ€™t have to be front and center.

Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan Audio for my ALC in exchange for my honest review.

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