Unclaimed Baggage – Jen Doll

Unclaimed BaggageFrom the publisher, “Doris—a lone liberal in a conservative small town—has mostly kept to herself since the terrible waterslide incident a few years ago. Nell had to leave behind her best friends, perfect life, and too-good-to-be-true boyfriend in Chicago to move to Alabama. Grant was the star quarterback and epitome of “Mr. Popular” whose drinking problem has all but destroyed his life. What do these three have in common? A summer job working in a store called Unclaimed Baggage cataloging and selling other people’s lost luggage. Together they find that through friendship, they can unpack some of their own emotional baggage and move on into the future.”

Full of quirky, yet stereotypical characters, this is a fun teen book.  It is about friendships, belonging, and sense of family while dealing with some serious subjects.  Doris, Nell, and Grant make the perfect trio of friends.  They each have their own strengths but together they are better.  They bring out the best in each other.  Doris and Nell stand by Grant when he confesses he is an alcoholic.  Grant defends Nell and her boyfriend.  Doris is the special glue who is so comfortable in her own skin.  Very mature and confident in herself – an old soul.  While the cute cover doesn’t have anything to do with the book, it conveys the humor and the voice of the story.  Witty and humorous, it is a feel-good book that wins.  Highly recommend.

eGalley review                                                            Publication date 9.18.18

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