I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Land of 10,000 Madonnas
on April 19, 2016 Pages:
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Five teens backpack through Europe to fulfill the mysterious dying wish of their friend.
Jesse lives with his history professor dad in a house covered with postcards of images of the Madonna from all over the world. They’re gotten used to this life: two motherless dudes living among thousands of Madonnas. But Jesse has a heart condition that will ultimately cut his life tragically short. Before he dies, he arranges a mysterious trip to Europe for his three cousins, his best friend, and his girlfriend to take after he passes away. It’s a trip that will forever change the lives of these young teens and one that will help them come to terms with Jesse’s death.
The Land of 10,000 Madonnas follows a group of five teenagers who didn’t all really know each other all that well, though they did have one thing in common: they all knew Jesse. Jesse has a pretty bad heart condition so he actually wrote down a whole bunch of stories and information before he died. He also gave some of the people in his life tickets to Europe where they have to go on a trip.
I really liked all the characters in this book. Jesse was a pretty enjoyable character, though most of what we know about him is through the things he wrote down. He seemed to have a very good life though he wished that he had a longer life to live, as would anybody in his shoes. I also really liked Cal. She lived pretty far away from Jesse but whenever the two got the chance to hang out they were two peas in a pod and got along so greatly. I also really related to Cal because she was a high school senior who was just graduating, just like me!
I honestly loved this book so much. The story flowed really nicely and I am also a huge fan of road trip books. On top of that, I think that Hettemer’s idea of a road trip put together by someone who died was incredibly unique. I’ve never heard of a story like that!
I know for sure that this is going to be a pretty popular book for the summer, and I highly recommend it. It’s the perfect summer read and it’s also such a marvelous road trip book. It’s so bittersweet! I honestly suggest that you check it out because you definitely won’t regret it.