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The wonder of us /

by Culbertson, Kim A [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Point, 2017.Edition: First edition.Description: 328 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780545731515; 0545731518.Subject(s): Best friends -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Interpersonal communication -- Juvenile fiction | Grand tours (Education) -- Juvenile fiction | Secrecy -- Juvenile fiction | Europe -- Travel -- Juvenile fiction | Best friends -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | Interpersonal communication -- Fiction | Voyages and travels -- Fiction | Secrets -- Fiction | Europe -- Fiction | Europe | Fiction | Juvenile worksSummary: Riya and Abby were best friends in their small California town, but Riya and her family moved to Berlin for Riya's junior year and it was hard to stay in touch; so now that the year has passed, Riya purposes that they take a two week Grand Tour and travel around Europe to reconnect--but the trouble is that they have both been hiding secrets, and those secrets threaten to push them apart forever.
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" The Wonder of Us is an epic journey of love and friendship, forgiveness and possibility." -Jennifer Nivens, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places Riya and Abby are:Best friends.Complete opposites.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?

Riya and Abby were best friends in their small California town, but Riya and her family moved to Berlin for Riya's junior year and it was hard to stay in touch; so now that the year has passed, Riya purposes that they take a two week Grand Tour and travel around Europe to reconnect--but the trouble is that they have both been hiding secrets, and those secrets threaten to push them apart forever.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">I don't recognize Riya at first. She has cut her waist-length hair and not just her usual trim. It's half a foot shorter and has actual layers, tousled but purposely so. She wears a plum-colored tank dress with a chunky belt, dangly silver earrings, and aviator glasses. Apparently, Europe looks good on Riya. "Abby!" she squeals, spotting me, and hurries to engulf me in a floral-scented hug. After a year, after this stupid, harsh year, I thought I might be too angry to hug her, to pretend we aren't furious with each other, to act like we never said all those things the last time we talked, but it's Riya and she's hugging me, and I've missed her so much and I'm exhausted from the travel and from this year, so I melt into her. After a moment, she steps back, takes my bag, and slings it over her shoulder. "How was the flight?" Exhausted, I babble random history thoughts at her. "I couldn't stop thinking about how a hundred years ago, people were just starting to consider that a transatlantic flight was possible. Weird, right?" Nodding, Riya tries to follow my line of thought as she leads me toward the airport exit. "I mean, I couldn't stop thinking about Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis and how he was just alone up there in the sky above all that dark water." As we walk into the hot Italian air, Riya takes my hand. "I missed you." "Missed you more." Excerpted from The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Alternating narratives convey odd-couple best friends Abby's and Riya's contrasting perspectives on an epic European trip, planned as a way to reconnect after Riya moved to Berlin and Abby remained in California. The breezy travel narratives slowly reveal a layered, complex relationship struggling to survive secrets and individual change; nuanced characterizations make the evolving friendship feel both relatable and believable. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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