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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  3,589 ratings  ·  699 reviews
A romantic, vivid novel that takes place in the tender time of a young woman’s life: Heather has graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her two best friends. She’s left school responsibility behind and adult responsibility is looming, but this is her one, one last summer to be free. Heather doesn’t expect to even meet Jack, let alone fall in love with h ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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As I have mentioned before, I don't read a lot of romance novels but something about this book intrigued me.

Heather has just graduated from Amherst college. She will be starting a job as an investment banker in the fall. Until then, she is going to enjoy her last summer free from responsibilities, traveling around Europe with her two best friends, Constance and Amy.

They have been enjoying their first few weeks traveling. Hea
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.5 stars rounded up

This read like a Young Adult romance with the added fun of a group of friends traveling through Europe after college. I absolutely loved the adventurous travel. That part really made the book for me. I think if I were fifteen or even twenty years younger, I would have given this book five stars. It was harder for me to connect to these characters and the drama and angst within the pages, but I kept reading to see how it all ended. Thanks to the author and publisher for an ad
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romantics young and old
Shelves: netgalley
"You were my biggest fear." he said. "You really were. You, Heather Christine Mulgrew."

Well, I don't think I have to beat around the bush in my review about what this book is about. The cover and the title illustrate perfectly that The Map That Leads to You is about that chance meeting between two people and for whatever reason the stars align and a journey begins. So, I definitely cannot cry " Damn you insta-love!" Frankly, because that is not exactly how the story unfolds.

In this case, we h
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While scrolling through my library's e-audiobook offerings, I came across this unfamiliar novel. The cover and the title grabbed me so I placed a hold.

Sometimes, it pays to take a chance. To say this was a pleasant surprise would be an understatement. It's basically about two young Americans, Heather and Jack, who meet on a train to Amsterdam. It's a love story, complete with travelling, famous and less famous landmarks, literature discussions and falling passionately in love. I found both pr
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poignant, compelling and endearingly romantic!

This is a coming-of-age story about friendship, responsibility, independence, and first love all wrapped up in a beautiful travel guide to some of the most breathtaking historical landmarks, monuments, and cities in Europe.

The characters are young, enthusiastic, and adventurous. The prose is clear and precise. And although the plot in the first half of the novel is a little slow, the second half is definitely much more intense, angsty, emotional, and
Copy received through NetGalley.

There’s something about this review, it just doesn’t want to get written ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Getting into this book was close to impossible, but once I did, I enjoyed every minute of it.
The start is slow, but the writing is well-done, and while the characters don’t carry any special characteristics, they still jump off the page. The organization of the text left me with question marks throughout the reading process, but something about the story kept me reading. I loved the
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
”You will try to imagine where he is in that exact instant, when he had turned and started to travel towards you, you to him, and how the world around both of you took no notice. ”

Synopsis: For those of you wondering what would happen if Nicholas Sparks and John Green had a book baby, this is the product of what would happen. And it ain’t pretty, folks.

Pretentious Book is Pretentious: The main quality this book has (other than the romance aspect, of course), is the fact
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to like this book. I love travel romances, so I thought that this would be right up my alley. But everything about this book was cliched and almost unrealistic.

I never got a vibe for the main character. What was her personality? I get that she had oppressive parents, kind of, but was she sarcastic? Was she a dreamer? What? The boy, Jack, was entirely a manic pixie dream boy, deep and sarcastic and zany for no
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for flirtatious banter like in The Bet and The Book of Broken Hearts. The banter at the beginning of this one though, had my eyes rolling. Once I stopped rolling my eyes, LOL, it made for an entertaining read. Liked the scenic European descriptions and the female friendship. This is one of those books that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All the feels. The love story is as exquisite as Monninger's writing, and lingers with you long after you finish the book. THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU is a new favorite of mine. ...more
Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh. I’m slayed. This book y’all. It was everything I wanted. Heather is traveling through Europe with her two best friends. Enter Jack...on a train to Amsterdam.
It is so much more complicated then my previous statement. It is rich with friendship. Steaped in an unforgettable love story. Book darts pepper my copy with lyrical quotes. And the characters. Oh my, the characters. They are richly constructed with a picture perfect backdrop of Europe.
I highly recommend this title. Give yourse
Vanessa (nessreads)
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

5 "Ineffable" Stars!!!

I want to start off by saying that I'm going into this review with no intentions of giving anything away. Nope, not happening. This book deserves to be read. This book is much more than the words written on its pages. The book deserves to be savored. One of the things I loved the most about this book was the visualization in which the author wrote this beautiful story. It felt as if I wa
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm a little torn on my feelings about this one! There's a lot of good stuff - the way the author writes about travel and details the places the characters visit, the portrayal of friendship post-college, the writing itself. But the key portion of this story - the romance - is honestly where it fell flat for me. ...more
Jessica C Writes
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: na-romance
When I first began reading this, I really thought I would enjoy it. The first few chapters were interesting, but the middle was so slow.

I found myself having a hard time reading and finishing it. It took me a month to read because I could only read a few pages at a time.

It wasn't until the last 100 pages or so that I was interested again.

The writing was really good, but I think a lot of the pages could have been taken out. They were really unnecessary.
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Dec 08, 2016 marked it as arcs-to-review

A romantic, vivid novel that takes place in the tender time of a young woman’s life: Heather has graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her two best friends. She’s left school responsibility behind and adult responsibility is looming, but this is her one, ONE last summer to be free. Heather doesn’t expect to even meet Jack, let alone fall in love with him. Jack is an enigmatic Vermonter a few years older than she is, who is following his grandfather’s journal to vari
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It took me less than 24 hours to read “The Map That Leads To You.” I was thoroughly caught up in the close friendship of the three young women and their adventure through Europe. The romance between Jack and Heather alternated between beautiful, maddening, and heartbreaking. Some of the scenes in the novel had me laughing hysterically and others had me sobbing. The ending was gut-wrenching and a reminder that life is not fair. All the pieces blended together to create a beautiful love story. I w ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from a goodreads giveaway. I finished the book in two days. I often endure reading sometimes simplistic books about women falling in love in Europe because I'm hopeless romantic who likes to indulge in the occasional trope. Most of them lack what I'm seeking: page turning magic. This time the author delivered. Enjoyed that the book was self aware, Heather knowing that falling in love on a train in Europe to a handsome stranger is every American woman's dream. I was happy to ...more
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Heather Mulgrew is on a summer trip with two of her closest friends from college. They have just graduated from Amherst College and Heather has a job waiting for her at Bank of America in New York City. This trip is exactly what they need before beginning the rest of their lives. On the train to Amsterdam she meets Jack and from that moment forward, her life will never be the same. Jack has a freedom that Heather has never experienced and together they build a great friendship that quickly turns ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful and romantic story of Heather and Jack meeting on a train to Amsterdam and end up traveling through parts of Europe together and falling in love. What will the future hold for them? The ending was breathtaking and brought tears to my eyes. The writing was absolutely wonderful, and it is indeed a compelling and unforgettable book. Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the advanced reader's copy. ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs


The Map That Leads to You is a New Adult fiction novel that takes place in Europe. After graduating, Heather and her two best friends go on their highly anticipated Europe trip, wanting to let loose before going back to real life where a new job was awaiting Heather. On a train ride to Amsterdam, Heather meets Jack and they hit it off straight away!

When Jack and Heather first meet, they’re both full of banter and they keep tea
Camille Maio
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, this book!!! I started it late morning and finished it at 7pm. It went to the beach with me. It went to the bathroom with me. It got read in the Starbucks line. There is sand in its pages that might never leave. It was romantic and full of travel and love and ache and I'll never forget it. ...more
Sam (AMNReader)
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, library
(3.4)Some great moments, totally addictive to read. Still puzzling out how it falls flat. There was a lot of good passages and dialogue but something felt off...

Review to be continued maybe.
Paulina (infinitechapters)
I'm close to tears ...more
Stay Fetters
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
"Have you ever heard someone say that books are places we visit and that when we run into people who have read the books we have read, it's the same as if we have traveled to the same locations? We know something about them because they have lived in the same worlds we have lived. We know what they live for."

Thanks, Kelly S. (One of my favorite people) for an arc copy of this book!!

I had a weird feeling going through this book that the end was going to make everything better, that I was goin
T. Rosado

Hardcover - 4.5-5 STARS!
Audiobook CD - 4 Stars

This book kind of wrecked me emotionally. I can't blame one single emotion as the culprit, more like a combination of a few. Equally evoked were feelings of wistfulness, joy, heartbreak and romantic tenderness. I guess you could say my emotions ran the gamut, but overall I felt sweetly content. I won't delve into specifics since it would be hard not to spoil, but I generally enjoyed all of the characters and different relationships portrayed in this
Dec 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried... And I did not succeed. Around page 147 I threw my hands into the air and yelled "OMG no, I can't, I cannot possibly continue reading this!" I was mad and my cat may never speak to me again as he was unceremoniously dislodged from my lap.

How I actually made it to the 147th page is a testament to the commitment I have of putting myself through things I don't necessarily deserve to be put through!

Jack is one of those chip on his shoulder, free spirit types that shits on whatever "the ma
Amanda Frank
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, I listened to it in one day on audio driving from the west coast of the states to the east and made driving through Nebraska seem quick ( if you've driven it then you know what I mean) and the character even flashed back to a family vacation and a storm they drove through which I also drove through a storm. This is an amazing new adult book about adventure and love and makes me want to travel Europe even more l ...more
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I am quite conflicted about this book because I had such high expectations.  First, I was lured in by the beautiful cover and the fact it had some pretty good reviews already.  Plus it was blurbed by Nicholas Sparks, so it has to be good right?  Well... as soon as I cracked this open and got maybe about a couple of chapters in I realized that the writing style of this wasn't going to work so well for me.  It just didn't flow, and I kept finding myself thinking it was all a bit too choppy.  B ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I have a massive desire to travel in Europe. What a great beginning of three girlfriends traveling Europe together then allowing the girls to go separate ways. The premise reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars in some ways but read like a book by Nicholas Sparks. Pleasurable weekend read!

I received a free copy from the publisher.
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I have come to the conclusion that good dialogue can either make or break a book. In the case of "The Map That Leads To You" the dialogue was monumental to making this love story the success that it is. A happenstance meeting on a train ride in Europe starts a whirlwind travel adventure of two fated lovers. I will admit the initial encounter almost had me close the book. Their snarky battle of words told me the inevitable ending, but because their flirtatious bickering was so believable and the ...more
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JP MONNINGER, author of The Map that Leads to You, is an award-winning writer. He has published novels for adults and teens and three works of nonfiction. The New York Times Book Review has said of Monninger that he “comes to writing with his five sense wide open”. His work has appeared in American Heritage, Scientific American, Readers Digest, Glamour, Playboy, Story, Fiction, The Boston Globe, S ...more

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