Waiting on Wednesday #6: The Land of 10,000 Madonnas



“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that we’re eagerly waiting for.

This week I’m waiting for The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer

April 19th 2016 by Knopf
Young Adult, Contemporary

18520654.jpgFive teens backpack through Europe to fulfill the mysterious dying wish of their friend in this heartwarming novel from the author of The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy.

Which would you choose: a long, quiet life or a short, heroic one?

Jesse Serrano has always been drawn to this question, but he’s never really had a choice. He’s known since birth that a hole in his heart would render his life a short one, whether he likes it or not.

As his dying wish, Jesse sends his cousins, best friend, and girlfriend on a trip across Europe — a mysterious mission that seems more harebrained with every leg of the journey. Following Jesse’s vague instructions, they trek across the continent, unsure if they should be basking in a backpacking trip before heading off to college or searching for something deeper. Through the museums, ancient ruins, landmarks, and more religious iconography than could fill a Holy Ark, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever be able to complete the passage that Jesse laid out for them — and if they even want to without him along for the ride.

In turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Kate Hattemer’s new novel chronicles an unforgettable journey of lost and found, laughter and tears, and a myriad of Madonnas.

why im waiting

This cover is too beautiful. Now, calm down, folks. I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but books with nice covers are so attractive! They’re marketing the book to us readers, they should know what we want.  

Woops. Sorry. End of rant.

Anywaaaaay. . . A road trip book! It kind of reminded me of Megan Bostic’s Never Eighteen (which I really enjoyed) and so I thought, why not?

The title is so catchy as well – it’s like that One Direction song you can’t get out of your head for days. Don’t fight me on this.

Are you adding this to your tbr? Let me know in the comments below!


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