Two friends (or a few more), one summer, plenty of plans.

When you feel like you don’t know where you’re going, or what you want to do, you might just need a time out. That’s how most of us feel, and that’s how Riley feels when she finishes school with no prospects of going to university.

Every minute of her life has been meticulously planned by her mother with school work and extracurricular activities, but now this is all over, and all that lies ahead is the summer job her mother has lined up for her. So instead, she packs a bag and heads to New York to see Tom, her best friend who has gone very quiet since moving to the city.

The Getaway List by Emma Lord

What follows is a summer of adventures with Tom and other friendships made on the way, all fuelled by The Getaway List, the famous list Tom and Riley started when he moved away, full of experiences they wanted to live together.

So why read YA fiction as an adult? First of all because it’s not about age: You read about families even if you aren’t a parent, and you read about retirees even if you aren’t at that age yet.

Secondly, as you will notice in the Getaway List, the process of finding your way, of trying out new things (writing workshops among others, as is the case of our young protagonists) and taking jobs while finding what you really want to do… is not dissimilar to what anyone else does at some point in their life.

If anything, reading YA fiction will make you realise that life is like a loop (or a circle, to use the cliché) and you find yourself in similar situations at different points in your life. It just somehow feels easier to read and process when you know you are past this particular stage.

The Getaway List by Emma Lord is due for release on the 12th February 2024, published by St Martin’s Press. ISBN:  ‎ 978-1250903990

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