Love & Other Great Expectations

Delacorte. Jun. 2022. 384p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593429426.
Gr 9 Up–Britt’s only goal in life was to play soccer. Her life revolved around it, and since she excelled, she earned a scholarship to play at UCLA. But when an injury (and resulting serious diagnosis) sidelines her permanently during her senior year of high school, Britt is lost. Soon after, a surprise opportunity presents itself: a literary scavenger hunt across the UK with a large cash prize funded by her English teacher. Britt’s not sure she’s smart enough to compete against her three intelligent, literary classmates. But if it gives her the chance to still attend UCLA, she figures it’s worth a shot. When the competition starts, Britt meets Al, her “nanny” during the journey, and Luke, Al’s handsome, smart nephew. Luke joins her on her quest but cannot help in solving the clues. Instead, he challenges her, gives her random facts to inform her journey, and helps her contemplate her life in ways she hasn’t before. As someone plots against her, and an accident slows her down, Britt struggles to write the captivating trip journal she needs to win. But with Luke by her side, she gives it her all. Britt stays true to herself and her ideals while learning more about herself. Readers will be drawn in and pull for Britt to see her own true potential and win.
VERDICT Recommended for YA collections.

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