And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz

AWO01Seventeen year old Nora gets an all paid trip to Europe from her grandfather to study the craft and history of art. She’s extremely excited about it because she gets to go alone. No Adults! Freedom! On the day she is to leave for Europe her mother takes her to the airport. Nothing wrong with that right? Well, as she is making her way in the airport her mother stops her and tells her that she’s coming with her. WHAT!? Now Nora and her mother don’t have the best of relationships, so throughout their time in Europe Nora is trying to find her place in the art world and the real world but has to learn how to be her own person with her mother’s presence.


Ok, so this was not the best book I’ve read so far but not the worst either. Honestly, I really don’t know what to say about it. This wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t great.The whole book is just about a teenage girl who gets to go backpacking through Europe but has temper tantrums throughout the entire trip because her mother decided to tag-a-long. The typical teenager problems: an overbearing parent, love, friendships, and trying to find their place in the world. Maybe I couldn’t get into it because my teenage years a far behind me or even as a teenager I never cared about things like that (being an introvert will do that to you).

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