Emma Lord | The Getaway List

The Book: 

The Getaway List by Emma Lord
Published: January 23, 2024 by Wednesday Books
Date read: January 5, 2024

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Characters: 

Riley and Tom

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

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.

Inescapably romantic and brimming with Emma Lord’s signature cheer, The Getaway List is an uplifting and romantic read that will settle into your heart and never leave.

My Review:

The Getaway ListThe Getaway List by Emma Lord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you to @macmillan.audio for a gifted ALC of The Getaway List! I know you can’t tell, but I took this picture in NYC. It’s the closest I could get to honoring the book 😂

This book was so much fun. It’s the biggest love letter to NYC and an absolute blast to follow this friend group around the city for their shenanigans. I loved that their bucket list was based on their favorite book.

Coming-of-age stories can be very hit or miss for me, but this one was very much a hit. I loved that Riley wasn’t afraid to make hard choices in order to stand up for herself. She grows a lot throughout the book, and it was heartwarming to see how all of her choices came to pass.

I adored Riley and Tom’s friends-to-lovers arc. The slow burn gives the reader time to fall in love with them as friends before they started acting on their feelings for each other. The side characters in this story also add some top-notch entertainment!

Emma Lord is certainly an auto-buy author, and I was thrilled to get a chance to listen to an early copy of this book. Her writing brings me so much joy, and the narrator’s performance made it even better! I don’t believe I’ve listened to anything by Norma Butikofer before, but she played the part of Riley perfectly.

I already can’t wait for Emma’s next book!

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