Ynopsis For those of you wondering what "Would Happen If Nicholas Sparks John if Nicholas Sparks John had a book baby is the product of what would happen And it ain t pretty folks Biblio Babble Pretentious Book is Pretentious The main uality this book has other than the romance aspect of course is the fact that it tries so damn hard to be pretentious It s ike a person who ists off famous classics they said they have read but really haven t But they say they have to make themselves ook better This is the bookish form of that It wants to be a grand romance but also one of those deep philosophical books that you could have deep book club discussions about It constantly wavered over whether it wanted to be a cutesy romance or a deep tome Those two things rarely mix well together and this book was no exception I mean Nicholas Sparks is sappy but not pretentious John Green is pretentious but not sappy Those two genres shouldn t really associate with one another if at all Aujugstus Jauters Jack uiller Couch is a combination of 1990s Leonardo DiCaprio Augustus Waters and Jughead Jones Leonardo DiCaprio because you will be continuously reminded throughout the novel that his name is indeed Jack Titanic fans will know what I m talking about and Augustus Waters because his arrogant pretentious evels are off the charts and Jughead Jones because he s prone to monologues about ife The Northman's Bride love and meaning of philosophy and all that shit but no monologues about burgers unfortunately Look I get what the author was trying to create but Jack uiller Couch practically screams manic pixie dream boy It was just ridiculous There are going to be aot of Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam ladies who will probably fall all over his dialogue and trying to hard to be poetic monologues but Jack did none of that for me Andet me tell you he was extremely shitty in the final act of the book because of the thing that he did that shall not be named but puts him permanently on the douch bag of the year award Message in the Notebook Dust jacket often Cherry Bomb lie this much I know The whole damn time I was reading this book I thought the big secret had to do with Jack s grandfather s journal and what the grandfather was trying toook for The journal is barely mentioned at all and we never really do find out what the grandfather was trying to find Instead we get a Leading the Way lot of drinking munching on edibles if you know what I mean and banging Which would all be fine if this were marketed as a college romance road trip book But the journal is made to be such a big deal that you would expect it to play a much bigger part than it actually did And it did not I wasn t expecting National Treasure thrills but for it to be almost a non presence in the storyline really bummed me out The Greatest Love of Not The main problem I had with this book was the romance Rather the completeack of chemistry between Heather and Jack Their ittle meet cute on the train to Amsterdam Yeah no sparks there Impromptu meetings at clubs dancing the night away Melania Trump has chemistry with the Oompa Loompa than they are Witty banter that seems to never end Please page Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamant to show them how it s done I iterally could not root for them as a couple because I found them to be as dull as cardboard If you re gonna market yourself as a romance novel make sure there s romance duh It s not that difficult I honestly found them annoying than adorable and couldn t uite figure out what made them gelSame Song Different Tune Good Lord this book was so predictable It s as if the author was stuck on just one plot point and device and said to himself Screw it I The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace ll just write this over and over and hope people won t notice So for time s sake Heather and Jack travel and all is good They then have an argument because pretty boy Jack won t keep his pretentious mouth shut Heather storms off to another country Jack manages to find her in said other country and makes up with her Everything s allovey dovey ooey gooey Then the cycle starts again Follow steps 1 4 and all that jazz It just became predictable and while all romance novels are essentially predictable this was snooze worthy predictable It got to a point that the book had gotten to such a stalemate that I just wanted it to end which thankfully it did While it s all right for authors to have separate books follow the same pattern and plotline it shouldn t bleed into books Traveling across Europe and having a vacation flirtation What could possibly go wrong Everything Everything could go wrong With a When Red Cried Wolf lukewarm romance pretentious act and an extremely arrogant MC this book is what would happen if Nicholas Sparks and John Green had a one night writing stand and ended up with this Do yourself a favor andeave this book on a metaphorical train back in Europe where it can sit alone in all its pretentious glory And DON T GIVE SPARKS OR GREEN ANY IDEAS All the feels The ove story is as exuisite as Monninger s writing and ingers with you The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing long after you finish the book THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU is a new favorite of mine. Randfather’s journal to various cities around Europe But in the same way that forces are bringing Jack and Heather togetherife and duty are pushing them apart And Jack has a secret that is going to change absolutely everything. .
Read The Map That Leads To YouTo deal with Jack s go with the flow Livin La Vida Loca style Will she stick with her ife plan or throw out her expensive Smythson day planner altogether And what about Jack What secrets is he keeping Will it destroy this new and somewhat fragile relationshipI guess you l have to read the book to find outThis book surprised mein many ways Is it a bit predictable Maybe Did I care No not really I m not sure how I felt about the ending but this really was a good read The descriptions of the places traveled were fantastic The beautiful places they visited at times it felt ike I was actually there In Paris I could smell the food cooking in the restaurants My stomach growled at the descriptions of what they were eating or the wine and expensive vodka they were drinking I could "feel the wind as they were speeding down the autobahnOverall I thought this "the wind as they were speeding down the autobahnOverall I thought this an endearing novel with intriguing characters and an enjoyable plotThank you NetGalley and St Martin s Press for providing an advanced copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review 45While scrolling through my A Constellation of Vital Phenomena library s e audiobook offerings I came across this unfamiliar novel The cover and the title grabbed me so I placed a holdSometimes it pays to take a chance To say this was a pleasant surprise would be an understatement It s basically about two young Americans Heather and Jack who meet on a train to Amsterdam It s aove story complete with travelling famous and ess famous andmarks Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights literature discussions and falling passionately inove I found both protagonists endearing If I were to put on my critical cranky hat I would say they were a bit too knowledgeable too articulate and mature The writing was so good I didn t mind in the Still Life with Chickens least that it was written in the first person from Heather s point of view which usually drives me bonkers in new adultromance books The Map That Leads to You is a beautifully written novel it reminded me of Love StoryAh to be young again and to travel the world Copy received through NetGalleyThere s something about this review it just doesn t want to get written Getting into this book was close to impossible but once I did I enjoyed every minute of itThe start is slow but the writing is well done and while the characters don t carry any special characteristics they still jump off the page The organization of the texteft me with uestion marks throughout the reading process but something about the story kept me reading I Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea loved the abundance of drama it s why Iove romance novels so muchThis is the perfect read for any fan of romance novels That Nicholas Spark s uote on the cover says it allPre review note May 7th 2017I finally focused Paradox Bound long enough to finish it RTC Oh my gosh I m slayed This book y all It was everything I wanted Heather is traveling through Europe with her two best friends Enter Jackon a train to AmsterdamIt is so much complicated then my previous statement It is rich with friendship Steaped in an unforgettableove story Book darts pepper my copy with yrical uotes And the characters Oh my
characters They are constructed with a picture perfect backdrop of EuropeI highly recommend this title Give yourself time to read it I savored it and I am so glad I did It contained my beloved short chapters which helped immensely I always feel ike I can walk away and pick back up when the chapters are shortThis novel is for overs of Nicholas Sparks It will break your heart in the very best wayhave your tissues ready You were my biggest fear he said You really were You Heather Christine Mulgrew Well I don t think I have to beat around the bush in my review about what this book is about The cover and the title illustrate perfectly that The Map That Leads to You is about that chance meeting between two people and for whatever reason the stars align and a journey begins So I definitely cannot cry Damn you insta ove Frankly because that is not exactly how the story unfolds In this case we have Heather a recent college graduate backpacking across Europe with her two besties the spirited Amy and the very grounded Constance just enjoying the carefree ast days of youth before entering the real world While on a train to Amsterdam Heather meets Jack a ate twenty something journalist retracing the post WWII travels of his grandfather Sparks of both passion and annoyance intrigue Heather enough to want to get to know the enigmatic Jack The dialogue between the two is reminiscent of Dawson s Creek but where I thought this would be rather nauseating I felt myself plunging headlong into the story Because this isn t a mushy romance Jack and Heather have their ups and downs in many different countries As much as they Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays love the two also fight and Heather feels that Jack just doesn t get her Heather is conflicted in her feelings for Jack because he doesn t fit in the plan Awww th You will try to imagine where he is in that exact instant when he had turned and started to travel towards you you to him and how the world around both of you took no notice Esponsibility isooming but this is her one one Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All last summer to be free Heather doesn’t expect to even meet Jacket alone fall in ove with him Jack is an enigmatic Vermonter a few years older than she is who is following his 35 stars rounded up This read ike a Young Adult romance with "The Added Fun Of "added fun of group of friends traveling through Europe after college I absolutely oved the adventurous travel That part really made the book for me I think if I were fifteen or even twenty years younger I would have given this book five stars It was harder for me to connect to these characters and the drama and angst within the pages but I kept reading to see how it all ended Thanks to the author and publisher for an advance copy Poignant compelling and endearingly romanticThis is a coming of age story about friendship responsibility independence and first Mexican Hooker love all wrapped up in a beautiful travel guide to some of the most breathtaking historicalandmarks monuments and cities in EuropeThe characters are young enthusiastic and adventurous The prose is clear and precise And although the plot in the first half of the novel is a The League for the Suppression of Celery little slow the second half is definitely much intense angsty emotional and drama filled with an ending that will definitely have you shedding a few tearsOverall I think this novel will be a big success and really appeal to teens and young adults and even though I think I m aittle older than the target demographic I found it intriguing uniue and wonderfully descriptiveThank you to NetGalley especially St Martin s Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest reviewAll my reviews can be found on my blog at I m a sucker for flirtatious banter The Thirteen-Gun Salute like in The Bet and The Book of Broken Hearts The banter at the beginning of this one though had my eyes rolling Once I stopped rolling my eyes LOL it made for an entertaining read Liked the scenic European descriptions and the female friendship This is one of those books that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming My reviews can also be seen at I have mentioned before I don t read aot of romance novels but something about this book intrigued meHeather has just graduated from Amherst college She will be starting a job as an investment banker in the fall Until then she is going to enjoy her Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery last summer free from responsibilities traveling around Europe with her two best friends Constance and AmyThey have been enjoying their first few weeks traveling Heatheroves Paris and doesn t want to eave Now the friends are on to the next eg of their trip and the crowded train headed for Amsterdam changes everything for Heather Could you hold this At first Heather doesn t realize someone is talking to her but when he asks again she The Day Fidel Died looks up and into the eyes of a very handsome stranger He wants her to hold his bag so he can climb up and have a napin the baggage rack He even uses a bungee cord to strap himself inHe tells her his name is Jack before he heads off to sleep Heather continues reading but steals glances at him as he sleeps When Jack wakes up aittle ater they have their first conversation It starts out well but then takes a uick turn for the worse with him thinking she s pretentious and her thinking he s a condescending jerk They make up almost argue again both seeming to enjoy the banter between them All too uickly the train pulls into the station After sharing a moment on the platform they head off but make plans to meet up at a party ater that evening Jack is from Vermont and is visiting various cities around Europe following a path his grandfather once took The journey is outlined in an old journal belonging to his grandfather He wants to see the places that gave his grandfather hope after the ugliness of warAfter a very special night and magical morning Heather wonders if Jack really is who he claims to be She feels ike there are things he s not telling her She realizes she doesn t even know his ast name Jack is a fly by the seat of his pants sort Seizes the day A spontaneous free spirit Heather Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge likes to have fun but she s of a planner andikes to stick to a schedule There s also the fact that Jack s a bit judgemental about her career plans and has made a few passive aggressive remarks I m planning to go to New York in a few weeks to make a new start and you et it drop that I am entering a prison of myThe Characters They Are
making She s crazy him But after such a short time Maybe for once in her ife she doesn t have to have everything figured outOr will his secrets change everythingI thought the character development was great Heather s relationship with her girlfriends was heartwarming I iked how Heather stuck up for herself with Jack but she could also see when she may have overreacted She came across as very well balanced I could see how Heather could fall for Jack right away Not just good ooking but funny and charming though of course he wasn t perfectInsta Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War love is something that usually doesn t work for me However I found myself wondering if MAYBE it wasn t uite so Insta In the beginning there were times I was frustrated at some of the actions of certain characters But I stopped over thinking it and got pulled into this budding romance I had to see what was going to happen nextSo will Heather be able. A romantic vivid novel that takes place in the tender time of a young woman’sife Heather has graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her two best friends She’s eft school responsibility behind and adult ,Own Making She S Crazy