A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of kisses and light making out.
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Ariel is obsessed with Skittles. Mentions of iPods, Hotmail, Sprite, Adidas, Xena: Warrior Princess, Little Mermaid, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there isn't much to be concerned about in this book. The family featured deals with a divorce and repercussions from a father's addiction to gambling.
Is It Any Good?
The quirky characters and funny postcards are the best parts of this book. Unfortunately, WISH YOU WERE HERE doesn't give enough for us to care about. The plot and events of the novel are as directionless as the trip Ariel and her family take. Readers will find themselves meandering along wondering not only where the bus tour is headed, but where the book is headed. Unfortunately, the story never really arrives anywhere.
Perhaps the author was trying to evoke the randomly funny, yet poignant stories of films like Napoleon Dynamite and Little Miss Sunshine, however it just doesn't translate in this book. One good thing the author does is highlight, if briefly, the issue of gambling addiction and the importance of quality time with family, especially when you're going through tough times.
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