Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who's always nurtured Nora's talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to study history's most famous artists. The only catch? Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to her grandfather. It's a no-brainer: Nora is in!
Unfortunately, Nora's mother, Alice, is less than thrilled about the trip. She worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter - and her opinions haven't gone unnoticed. Nora couldn't feel more unsupported by her mother, and in the weeks leading up to the trip, the women are as disconnected as they've ever been. But seconds after saying good-bye to Alice at the airport terminal, Nora hears a voice call out: "Wait! Stop! I'm coming with you!"
Gilmore Girls meets 13 Little Blue Envelopes in this fun, funny, and bittersweet summer adventure from Observer writer and the hilarious voice behind @GuyInYourMFA, Dana Schwartz.
"A winsome, hilarious tale about losing the map and finding a better way to a happy ending. I loved it!" (Number-one New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner)
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Perfect Beach Read for the Summer
Both the art references and internet references throughout the book are fresh and funny.
Nora was very relatable and made the story emotionally accessible.
Fortgang nailed all the accents from the Belgian tour guides to the Irish artists at the art colony.
The climax at the art gallery in Florence and the epilogue resonated the most with me.
- Kathy Lewis