Favorite Travel Novels
Guest Post by Denise Jaden
Foreign Exchange is the story of a teenage girl who
sneaks away from her class trip in Europe to rescue
her best friend.
I love books involving travel—everything from road
trips to European excursions—and so I was excited to
write my own novel with some travel experiences.
When planning out my novel, I looked back at several
of the young adult novels that involved travel that I
really enjoyed to see what specifically I had loved
about them. There were a lot of them! Here are a few
of my favorites:
1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie
Perkins – This novel takes place mostly in
Paris, and having never been to France, I
really enjoyed being immersed in the culture.
Plus, what better place for a romance to be set
2. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – This is a road trip novel, taking the
characters (and readers) from California to Connecticut. I loved how the different stops
along the way brought up and made the characters deal with their own personal baggage.
3. Just One Day by Gayle Forman—I loved that this book was part romance set in Paris,
but also part self-discovery, as the main character, who has never done anything on her
own is abandoned and must travel unfamiliar countries and find her own inner strength.
4. In Honor by Jessi Kirby—This is another wonderful road trip book where the main
character finds ways to honor the brother she lost along her journey.
5. Just One Year by Gayle Forman—Completely different than Just One Day in it’s main
character’s outlook and settings, this novel takes us to several locations in Europe that are
“home” for the main character, as well as to new and interesting locations—Mexico to
India.These are a few of my favorites, but I’m always looking for recommendations of young adult
novels that take us on journeys to unique settings. If you have favorites, I’d love it if you’d share
them in the comments!
Denise Jaden's novels Losing Faith and Never Enough have been
shortlisted or received awards through the Romance Writers of
America, Inspy, and SCBWI. Her newest release, Foreign
Exchange will be an Editor’s Pick with Evernight Teen (Oct.
2014). Her non-fiction book, Fast Fiction includes tips on
constructing a story plan that works, as well as daily inspiration to
keep writers writing. For those who don’t want to take on the
challenge alone, she is running an online Fast Fiction course
through the International Association of Journal Writers. When not
writing, she dances with her Polynesian dance troupe and
homeschools her ten-year-old son (who is also a fast-drafter of
fiction). Find out more at DeniseJaden.com.