Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.
So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.
And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.
“When it comes to love we never learn. Ever…We know the risks of opening our hearts up. And yet we keep doing it anyway.”
You know, a little bit ago I was doing a Top Ten Tuesday post on my blog about combining two books together, and I was thinking of how amazing it would be to have something like Love and Gelato combined with Matson’s Amy and Roger to have this epic road trip book in Italy. And then I read this book and IT’S BASICALLY THAT (except with Ireland instead of Italy) AND I’M SO HAPPY ROAD TRIP IN EUROPE SO AMAZING ❤ ❤
So Addie has recently gone and had her heart broken and also been completely humiliated. Fortunately, she has the chance to put an entire ocean between her and the cause of her misery and go to Ireland! And even better–go to Italy to visit Lina, her best friend from Love and Gelato!! Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, a series of unexpected events lead her to end up on a road trip across Ireland with the brother she used to be super close to.
First of all, the romance in this book is basically nonexistent. Which is really not what we’ve come to expect from contemporary summer novels these days–contemporary is pretty much synonymous with romance, isn’t it. Especially with a title with the word “love” in it. BUT…there’s more types of love than just romantic love! Family love! I absolutely adore the themes of family in books, and even despite swoonworthy Ren in Love and Gelato, the family was still my favorite part of the book! I was so happy there was so much about family in this book, especially about Addie and her brother Ian, and mending the rift that had come between two people once so close.
Another theme in the book is moving on, as Addie uses a crazy guidebook she finds, “Ireland for the Heartbroken,” to help herself move on. She does some crazy things that really help her, and I love seeing her grow! The things about moving on in the book could apply to more than just romantic love, and it had me thinking about my own life and the troubles I’ve had too. It was so sweet and ah I loved.
There are also excerpts from the guidebook inserted in the book. The author, “Guidebook Lady,” writes with this weird tone where she’s all like “listen up chickadee” and I couldn’t decide if it was funny or just annoying. Unfortunately, I’m leaning towards annoying, and found myself skimming those guidebook parts. I definitely didn’t skim the actual parts of the story where Addie did something Guidebook Lady recommended though! Loved those parts!
I loved the road trip theme so much! Honestly, I think I really just love road trip books (could have something to do with the fact that I love road trips 😉 ), so this book made me so happy. We got to read all about theses amazing landmarks in Ireland and asoijdfk I want to go SO BADLY just like Italy why does Jenna Evans Walsh do this do me it’s cruel. On the plus side, there’s no food in this book like the other one, so you won’t be starving and desperately needing to get your hands on some delicious gelato quite so much.
Of course I just adore Lina and Ren! I was so happy that they were in this book, since at first I wasn’t sure that they would be, and loved seeing how best friends Lina and Addie interact with each other! One thing I thought was weird was that Ren ended up going to meet Addie, and I was like…um…why? Why would you bring your boyfriend to meet your best friend if I was Addie I would be pissed that he’s taking up bff time and forcing Addie to third wheel…I feel like he would never be there irl, it’s just because the author wanted to get Ren in there some how since we all love him from Love and Gelato. But whatever, this was such a minor part of the book it doesn’t even matter, it’s just weird.
Overall, I didn’t like this book quite as much as I enjoyed Love and Gelato, but I still really loved it!!