"The Wonder of Us is an epic journey of love and friendship, forgiveness and possibility." -Jennifer Nivens, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright PlacesRiya and Abby are:Best friends.Complete opposites.Living on different continents.Currently mad at each other.About to travel around Europe. Riya moved to Berlin, Germany, with her family for junior year, while Abby stayed behind in their small California town. They thought it would be easy to keep up their friendship-it's only a year and they've been best friends since preschool. But instead, they ended up fighting and not being there for the other. So Riya proposes an epic adventure to fix their friendship. Two weeks, six countries, unimaginable fun. But two small catches: They haven't talked in weeks. They've both been keeping secrets. Can Riya and Abby find their way back to each other among lush countrysides and dazzling cities, or does growing up mean growing apart?
Best friends Abby and Riya shared everything until Riya's family moved to Berlin and Abby stayed behind in California. Abby has been miserable ever since Riya left she's lonely, and her parents have gone through a terrible divorce. In an effort to repair their friendship and console Abby, Riya surprises her with an all-expenses-paid European trip, a gift from Riya's grandmother, Bharti Nani. Through Abby and Riya's alternating points of view, Culbertson (The Possibility of Now) takes readers on a whirlwind tour of Florence, Zurich, Berlin, Edinburgh, and London, with ample space in the girls' narration dedicated to chronicling the famous sites they visit. Despite the girls' adventures, their friendship has frequent ups and downs as they struggle with the many ways in which they have grown apart namely how Riya's life has changed so dramatically while Abby's has stayed the same. Friendship troubles aside, Culbertson's story is a giddy travelogue with occasional romantic interludes for both girls. It's an airy and largely predictable story, but also one that should please any reader nursing dreams of European getaways. Ages 12 up.