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And We're Off by Dana Schwartz
Young adult

And We're Off

by Dana Schwartz

Quick take

The kind of escapist beach read that spreads a little ray of sunshine upon readers any time of year they choose to pick it up.

Why I love it

Book of the Month

The story of an all-expenses paid summer trip to Europe could be the pinnacle of the kind of escapist beach read that spreads a little ray of sunshine upon readers any time of year they choose to pick it up. Book of the Month judge Dana Schwartz makes her YA fiction debut with her signature wit and plenty of voice, following the highs and lows of a mother/daughter team making their way across the Continent. As bubbly and fun as a glass of champagne, And We’re Off is sure to quench your thirst for adventure.

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594 ratings
  • 17% Love
  • 57% Like
  • 19% Dislike
  • Claremore, OK

    A nice enjoyable read. I wish I had read this book when I was on vacation since it's about traveling. Makes me want to go on a trip with my mother or my mother in law I know we would have so much fun.


    This story of a mother-daughter trip set in Europe was funny and heartwarming. Reminds me alot of Gilmore Girls. It's a great coming of age story about how a mother and daughter bond can mean so much.

  • Chicago, IL

    Whoever compared this book to Gilmore Girls was spot on! I would love it if the author would write the same story now from the mom's perspective (like Emily Giffin did with Something Borrowed/Blue)!

  • Oro Valley, AZ

    Nora is brave, desiring to find herself through her passion/love of art. A daughter needs 2break free from her mother 2find herself. Beautiful, a great reminder that life is full of possibilities.

  • Grand Junction, CO

    The author captured the main character so strongly. A strong, artistic teen girl that just wants to experience life on her own but Mom invites herself along. Great mother-daughter book club read!

  • Avoca, IA

    Read it in 3 hours because I could not put it down, I was so deeply engulfed in Noras life that I wanted to know more. She was lost and wanted to find a part of herself. Definitely a good read.

  • Bethel Park, PA

    This book touched me WAY more than I ever was expecting. From the mother-daughter relationship to figuring out what the purpose in life was, this book was so adorable and a perfect summer read!

  • West haverstraw , NY

    I love the adventure of this book and the travel. The mother/ daughter relationship was something else that I could relate with. Overall it was an adventure I didn't know I needed in my life.

  • Kannapolis, NC

    It's slow to start, but by the 2nd to 3rd chapter it's hard to put down. Perfect story of teenage rebellion and the trials of growing up. Was just a little short, could have been longer.

  • Kansas City, MO

    This book made me laugh. As a mother of four boys, I love reading about mother-daughter relationships. This book reminded me of Gilmore Girls and even mentioned the show! Great book!

  • Belvidere, NJ

    Drarry was mentioned on the first page, I was SOLD. The descriptions of the locations, the little nerd hints and the relatable mother daughter relationship made this a great read!!

  • Oklahoma City, OK

    Loved that I learned SO much about art and artists just by reading this book. It left me hungry for more knowledge and I've been researching art museums ever since! Great read.

  • Wolfe City, TX

    This book is like a European vacation, an art gallery tour, and a nod to every woman who has ever had to find herself. This story is truly a beautifully crafted piece of art.

  • Oxnard, CA

    Basically a mother daughter adventure story with all the turns and twists of life. I thought it was good story about and girl who is an artist and trying to find her way.

  • Jersey City, NJ

    Such a cute story! Definitely cheezy but it's such a cute story about mother and daughter and teenage love. It's great. Felt like the ending was a little abrupt tho.

  • Abilene, TX

    The mom drove me crazy, and the daughter did, too, a bit, but that seemed fitting for a teenager who's mom invited herself along. Loved this book. Read in one day.

  • Aurora, CO

    This book hit home - a story about a mom and a daughter trying to reconnect after years of disconnect - living in the same house. Cute and heartwarming.

  • Staten Island, NY

    Loved this book. Loved the struggle between a teenager trying to grow up and her mom and especially loved all the travel. I devoured it in a weekend!

  • Vancouver, WA

    What a great story about learning how to believe in yourself and connecting with other people who love what you do. Really well written and engaging.

  • Roland, IA

    I enjoyed going on the adventures with the main character and watching her figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life! Great read!

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