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Fresh out of college and recently dumped by his long-time girlfriend, shy and bookish Jefferson Blythe is touring Europe using an inherited vintage copy of Esquire Magazine’s Europe in Style.
Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is about old maps, new adventures, getting lost, getting found, getting drunk, and being mistaken for an international criminal. In other words, normal summer vacation when you’re in your twenties.
This unassuming book snuck right up and stole my heart.
For some, it will be just a fun, new adult, travel mystery with a romantic bend. But, for me it checked all the boxes that made me throw my fist in the air and say “YES! Go Lanyon go!”
First off, it’s NEW ADULT…and it’s Josh Lanyon…writing…NEW ADULT. Lanyon, who I love with all her older, more mature, often “damaged”, rarely perfect characters…writing young, fresh-faced, figuring-shit-out, uncertain, new-love characters. And, in my opinion, killed it!
I love Jefferson Blythe. At times, he reads younger than his 22 years old. But, he’s lived sheltered, he’s lived, unbeknownst to him, in the closet. And his simple life as he knew it was turned upside down. So the naivete, the whining, the uncertainty…felt authentic to me.
I love George. At times, he reads almost too mature for his 25 years old. I wasn’t certain if I was buying into all the reasons he was giving Jefferson for staying away. But, he’s got a secret…a FUN, exciting, DOOZY of a secret. And I think it explains some of his maturity. For me, at least, it did.
I loved the story! The mad-cap, crazy adventures through Europe (*sigh*…reminded me so much of my first times in London, Paris, and Rome…) made for entertaining reading. And the mystery, the danger, the mobsters, the loonies, the lisping bullies…I just thought it was this perfect combination of fun & action…and it felt almost like watching a movie for me. Oh and espionage is my crack.
I love the sentimental side…following in his grandfather’s footsteps and letting Esquire Magazine’s “Europe in Style” be his guide…nevermind that the guide is from the year . I love that vintage feel…old made new again. I love Jefferson even more for committing to it…I felt a kindred spirit to him in this way.
I love the childhoood-friends-to-lovers trope. It’s one of my favorites…and I adored it here (though I would have loved more tidbits and anecdotes from when they were younger).
I love that the writing is Lanyon quality, but it feels…fresh…there’s no underlying melancholy, no layer of something dark, no brokenness. And yes, maybe those are all the things that I typically love about Lanyon’s adult mysteries, but I was totally ok without in this new adult story. And I liked getting something different from this author…especially since I’ve now read 11 books in a row of Lanyon’s library. (I’m on a kick, what can I say?)
So…see? It’s one of those books I believe that people will like, but for that specific reader, it will be a personal favorite. Oh lookie here…I AM THAT READER!