Blog Tour Review: Lost in London by Cindy Callaghan

Format: e-ARC
Publisher: Aladdin M!X
Pages: 240 pages
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher via Edelweiss
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
A tween’s foreign exchange experience lands her in London luxury—and some hot water as well!
Twelve-year-old Jordan isn’t unhappy, but she’s definitely bored. So when she gets the chance to take part in a London exchange program, she’s thrilled to ditch her small town in Delaware and see the world across the pond.
Unfortunately, Jordan’s host sister in London, Caroline, isn’t exactly enthusiastic about entertaining an American girl. Despite the chilly welcome, Jordan finds herself loving the city and Caroline’s group of friends, who are much nicer than Caroline herself.
And then a major misstep leaves Jordan and Caroline trapped together overnight—inside Daphne’s, the world’s largest department store. Given they have complete access to all the fancy shoes, designer dresses, and coolest makeup around, there are worse places to be stuck. But when the girls’ fun has not-so-fun consequences, Jordan’s wish for excitement abroad turns into a lot more than she ever bargained for...

Jordan Jacoby had never done anything exciting and she was bored out of her mind. Her school-sponsored foreign exchange program was just the thing to "de-bored-ify" her life--she just had to convince her parents to let her go...

Lost in London was about Jordan's week-long adventure in London. She imagined exploring London with her host sister Caroline and becoming BFFs with her. Unfortunately Caroline was less than happy about entertaining Jordan and going to see the sights with her. But when they got trapped overnight at Daphne's, a huge luxury department store, it turned out to be a fun-filled night of dodging the security guard and trying on dresses, shoes and makeup. It also gave Jordan a chance to see a different, much nicer side of Caroline. But when the night was over, there were some unexpected consequences. Jordan's life was certainly not so boring anymore!

Just as the book's cover promised, Lost in London was a cute, fluffy read--perfect for young girls who are reluctant readers. They will also learn some British slang and a bit of London trivia along the way.

And how awesome would it be to get stuck in the mall overnight?! It's the ultimate girl fantasy and Caroline and Jordan did everything I would do if I got stuck in a mall like Daphne's.

I have to admit I never really warmed up to Jordan's character and in the end I can imagine her being show-off-y and insufferable after her adventures in London--you know, typical tween. But that's me thinking like an adult and not like the age group this novel is targeting. I'm sure many young girls will be able to relate to Jordan's character. My favorite characters were Caroline's friends Ellie and Sam. They were both a little wacky and they amused me.

Cindy Callaghan gives us a non-stop romp across London and it was fun to live vicariously through Jordan and her friends. I like that there's even a little mystery thrown in. While I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did Plastic Polly by Jenny Lundquist (my previous Aladdin M!X read--check out my review), overall Lost in London was enjoyable, mindless reading. After they read it, girls will have a hankering to visit London and will be adding the city to their "places to visit" list.

About the author
Cindy Callaghan grew up in New Jersey and attended college at the University of Southern California before earning her BA in English and French, and MBA from the University of Delaware. She recently exited corporate America after nearly twenty years, and is now fully entrenched in business consulting, writing, and family. She is very involved with her children’s activities, including coaching the occasional soccer team. Cindy lives, works and writes in Wilmington, Delaware with her family and numerous rescued pets.

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