Unclaimed Baggage
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.

Unclaimed Baggage Details

TitleUnclaimed Baggage
Author
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-139780374306069
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Young Adult Contemporary

Unclaimed Baggage Review

  • Mary H
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. I expected a cute, quirky romcom, but I got SO much more than that. Unclaimed Baggage has a LOT of hidden depth to it, and I really enjoyed it! Full review tk.
  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars! I’m really into stories where people are brought together by circumstance and end up growing more into who they really are because of those relationships and experiences. Loved the added bonus of the Unclaimed Baggage store as a setting too!
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  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    SO SO CUTE. I LIVE. Full review coming closer to release!
  • Lauren R.
    January 1, 1970
    This was great! A quiet, heartwarming, and quirky story. I loved the main characters so much and that only grew with every page. I wish there was even more time at the Unclaimed Baggage; the concept of the store was so fun! I loved how some of the luggage-related threads were woven together eventually. The author covered a lot of serious issues while keeping the book lighthearted overall. Highly recommend!!
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  • Katherine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    It’s probably humanly impossible to not like a book with fluffy clouds and a little squirrel holding nuts on the cover. So far, I believe this to be 100% true.‘Unclaimed Baggage’, while having nothing to do with now-endangered and very cute red squirrels, is just as adorable a book on the inside as it is on the outside, and if it’s that cover that draws you in (like it did me), so be it). It’s the goods inside though that will make you stay a while.The title of the book is the name of the store It’s probably humanly impossible to not like a book with fluffy clouds and a little squirrel holding nuts on the cover. So far, I believe this to be 100% true.‘Unclaimed Baggage’, while having nothing to do with now-endangered and very cute red squirrels, is just as adorable a book on the inside as it is on the outside, and if it’s that cover that draws you in (like it did me), so be it). It’s the goods inside though that will make you stay a while.The title of the book is the name of the store that brings three new and unlikely friends together in small town Alabama. Doris has been working at Unclaimed Baggage for a while, and takes great pride in her work, unpacking suitcases that have lost their owners somewhere along the way on their journeys around the world, left at airports, unclaimed, unnamed. The contents of the bags are then sold in this unique store, which gets customers from all over the place, and even has an Instagram feed. Nell is the newcomer, who has been made to move from the Chicago suburbs to this tiny Southern town, away from her boyfriend and BFFs, and at the start of the summer too. Forced to get a summer job by her rocket scientist mom, she fortunately meets Doris at the store.And to round out the unlikely trio, we have Grant Collins, the hometown (but recently disgraced) football star, struggling with a drinking problem, having recently lost his girlfriend, as well as his way. His mom calls in a favor and gets him a job at the store, which is probably the best thing to ever happen.Over the course of their summer (but barely a couple of my days) this trio is taken through a bonding experience like no other, and not only do they have infinitely a more exciting summer than I had, these unlikeliest of friends learn some big eye-opening things about the world.Author Jen Doll is a smart writer, and beneath all the adorable quirkiness, she presents a whole host of issues that teens (and a lot of us, in fact), have dealt and might deal with: sexual assault, alcohol abuse (particularly how it’s accepted in certain groups in high school), grief and loss, racism, a particular brand of which is still especially pervasive in the South, as well as an expectation for everyone to subscribe to the same Christian dogma. Doll also gives us these wonderful teen characters that challenge these issues in a way that I found, for a change, to be brave instead of obnoxious, to be thoughtful instead of preoccupied, and actually give us cause to be sympathetic to their faults (especially dear Grant).One key element of this novel, underneath all that quirkiness which I just loved, is relationships, and since this is a contemporary YA novel, it’s worth noting that it isn’t filled with text conversations, and there are also positive family relationships in this book, with the parents actually feeling like real people. I’m finding this is becoming a rarity in my reading lately (is it really so bad to put that out there?). Additionally, the close relationship Doris had with her aunt Stella, who’s passed away, plays a big part in the book; the exploration of Doris’ grief and the influence she had on her, adds depth to this story and her character.All of this though, is served up with heaps and heaps of Southern fried syrupy goodness and charm, or at least, a furry manatee, and suitcases with their own names. The ‘scenes’ at the store were so wonderful, I wanted more, with all these amazing artifacts and personal belongings from people all over the world ending up on their shelves with the teens wondering their backstories.I also didn’t even mind the fact that Jen Doll uses the alternating ‘voices’ of Doris, Nell, and Grant, to tell the story, which is a writing device I was becoming tired of lately but in the case of ‘Unclaimed Baggage’, I found it worked well. The book is also divided up into the three months of the summer vacation, to give you a sense of time flow.However ‘slow’ their (or anyone’s) summer went, I raced through this book. It is funny, quirky, thoughtful, and full of so much heart that I can’t help but love it to pieces.*I gratefully received this ARC as part of Miss Print's ARC Adoption Program."). This squirrel is being released into the wild on September 18th, ‘18.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5 StarsI am going to start by saying, that I love the concept behind this book. Three teens, who are trying to find how they fit in this world are brought together, and a wonderful and unlikely friendship forms. I was totally onboard with the underlying concept of this book. I wanted to run for president of the Doris fan club from chapter 1. I loved her voice and her quest to be a connector. It was very beautiful and altruistic, and I thought it was wonderful, that she wouldn't let set Rating: 3.5 StarsI am going to start by saying, that I love the concept behind this book. Three teens, who are trying to find how they fit in this world are brought together, and a wonderful and unlikely friendship forms. I was totally onboard with the underlying concept of this book. I wanted to run for president of the Doris fan club from chapter 1. I loved her voice and her quest to be a connector. It was very beautiful and altruistic, and I thought it was wonderful, that she wouldn't let setbacks keep her from being true to herself and doing the right thing. I was a fan of the friendship, which developed quickly between Nell and Doris. Being the lone liberal in a conservative town cannot be easy, and it was great that the universe brought a "yankee" into Doris' world. Shortly thereafter, Grant joined the group. Doris had a past with Grant, and it was not a good one. However, because Doris' goal was to be a "connector", she showed him grace and welcomed Grant into her small circle. Thank goodness she did, because Grant's life was in turmoil. I really appreciated the way Doll handled Grant's addiction. We saw how it affected him and those around him, and I liked that she did not shy away from the ugliness of it. Though Doris was struggling with past pain and losses, it was Grant's situation, which really broke my heart. His confusion, denial, and guilt made me want to give him a hug. I was so proud of any progress he made, and utterly downtrodden when he failed, but I never stopped rooting for him. The store was such a source of fascination for me. I looked forward to getting in new shipments, and sorting through people's lost things. The process was fun, and there was even a little mystery suitcase. This suitcase had a few highlights, which I thought were fairly brilliant in the way they tied into our characters' struggles. But what really, really delighted me, was the backstory of the bag, and it's connection to Doris. I love when authors do that sort of thing. Yes, I liked many, many things about this book, but I did feel like the author was a bit heavy handed at times. I understood that Doris was the lonely liberal, and I did appreciate that Doll tried to point out that not all southerns or christians are bad, but she turned what was initially a really light hearted and amusing story into something much more dramatic. There was also one liberal darling that seemed forced into the story, when it was initially introduced, whereas many of the others worked more organically with the story. I will commend Doll on deftly combining the three POVs, and delivering an entertaining story, which had a lot of depth and was packed with some fantastic characters. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Sarah K
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!I loved this book! It’s funny, has great characters and full of heart.It’s about 3 teens who get a job at a store called Unclaimed Baggage that sells items and suitcases that had been lost luggage from airports.They all have difficult things going on in their lives and their friendship becomes a place of healing.It deals with a lot of different subjects, alcoholism, racism, religious hypocrisy but it’s done well and speaks up against those who do wrong. Unclaimed baggage was such a del 4.5 stars!I loved this book! It’s funny, has great characters and full of heart.It’s about 3 teens who get a job at a store called Unclaimed Baggage that sells items and suitcases that had been lost luggage from airports.They all have difficult things going on in their lives and their friendship becomes a place of healing.It deals with a lot of different subjects, alcoholism, racism, religious hypocrisy but it’s done well and speaks up against those who do wrong. Unclaimed baggage was such a delight, hilarious and book that touched my heart! I highly recommend buying this one!
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  • Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! This was so refreshing and lovely. More review to come!
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 // fun fact: I lived in Alabama for two years and this book definitely brought me back. Super cute.
  • Laura Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Writing: 3 Characters: 4 Plot; 3An enjoyable, though somewhat over simplified, story of three teens who become friends one hot summer in Alabama amidst the chaos of the “Unclaimed Baggage” store -- a place that trades in goods reclaimed from unclaimed airline baggage sold after the legal waiting period.Doris is the “#1 weirdo liberal agnostic” in the small Alabama town. Nell is a Chicago transplant whose sudden move away from friends was precipitated by her mother’s dream job offer at Marshall S Writing: 3 Characters: 4 Plot; 3An enjoyable, though somewhat over simplified, story of three teens who become friends one hot summer in Alabama amidst the chaos of the “Unclaimed Baggage” store -- a place that trades in goods reclaimed from unclaimed airline baggage sold after the legal waiting period.Doris is the “#1 weirdo liberal agnostic” in the small Alabama town. Nell is a Chicago transplant whose sudden move away from friends was precipitated by her mother’s dream job offer at Marshall Space Flight Center. Grant was the local football star until he took a wrong turn and suddenly found himself a hidden alcoholic. Together these three have adventures, find romance, and bring liberal values to a decidedly conservative state. The store itself and the kind of things found and sold there was the real star for me.I really did enjoy reading this book but I had trouble with the over the top political correctness suffusing every page. I feel like the book perpetuated several negative Southern stereotypes, even while our three heroes continue to lecture each other on the fact that everyone just needed to be educated. The PC agenda kind of overwhelmed the sweet and funny story that simmered beneath. So — good story, lovable characters, but it would have been nice if they simply modeled good behavior rather than hitting us all over the head with it. A little dumbed down and I don’t believe our YA audience needs that.
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  • Emma (Miss Print)
    January 1, 1970
    "Sometimes you had to give something up to get what you really wanted in the first place."Nell, Grant, and Doris have nothing in common.Nell is a Chicago transplant unsure what to do with herself in small town Alabama--especially when her amazing boyfriend is still back home.Grant used to be the the star quarterback. His family and coach are keen to help him keep that persona by covering up his recent DUI. But he's starting to think he might just be a has been.Then there’s Doris. She knows she’s "Sometimes you had to give something up to get what you really wanted in the first place."Nell, Grant, and Doris have nothing in common.Nell is a Chicago transplant unsure what to do with herself in small town Alabama--especially when her amazing boyfriend is still back home.Grant used to be the the star quarterback. His family and coach are keen to help him keep that persona by covering up his recent DUI. But he's starting to think he might just be a has been.Then there’s Doris. She knows she’s an outsider. How can she be anything else as an outspoken liberal feminist in her conservative small town? She doesn’t mind because at least she has free reign of Unclaimed Baggage where she works sorting through and selling lost luggage.As the three become reluctant coworkers for the summer Nell, Grant, and Doris will have to work together if they want to manage all of their own excess baggage in Unclaimed Baggage (2018) by Jen Doll.Unclaimed Baggage is Doll's debut novel. The story alternates between Nell, Grant, and Doris' first person narrations with smaller vignettes throughout detailing the many journeys that brought key pieces of lost luggage to the store.Over the course of one summer these three unlikely characters become friends as their lives entwine in unlikely ways. Doris is still grieving her aunt's sudden death last year, Nell is shaken up by the culture shock of her move, and Grant is trying (and often failing) to come to terms with his drinking problem.Each character has a distinct narrative voice while the surprisingly compelling luggage vignettes have a more omniscient tone. Doll brings small town Alabama to life with its charms (notably seen at a balloon festival) and its small-mindedness as Doris struggles with the stigma she hasn't been able to shake since a boy in her church group groped her and she refused to stay quiet (or return to church) and, later in the novel, another character is targeted in a racially motivated attack.Unlikely friends, hints of romance, and a mystery surrounding an empty suitcase flesh out this character driven plot. Unclaimed Baggage is a charming slice-of-life novel about one formative summer and the small moments that can lead to big changes. Recommended.Possible Pairings: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, In a Perfect World by Trish Doller, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen, Moxie by Jen Mathieu, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills, The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed*An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration at BookExpo 2018*
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  • Gaby
    January 1, 1970
    A super charming story about three mismatched teens becoming friends, overcoming personal struggles (sometimes together!), and working probably the coolest summer job. I loved all of the southern flair and the issues this book dealt with. I also really love the squirrel on the cover (though I'm not sure why).
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  • Gabrielle
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a breeze to get through, but it also packed pretty serious topics and I have realized I enjoy that combination.We get three POVs: Doris, Nell, and Grant. We also get a POV from a purple suitcase, the connection made at the end was just "mhm!" just because I like things that come full circle. Each character has their own "thing." Doris is liberal agnostic, but lives in a small Alabama town with her conservative parents. Doris' friend Maya is Jewish and lesbian which makes people in This book was a breeze to get through, but it also packed pretty serious topics and I have realized I enjoy that combination.We get three POVs: Doris, Nell, and Grant. We also get a POV from a purple suitcase, the connection made at the end was just "mhm!" just because I like things that come full circle. Each character has their own "thing." Doris is liberal agnostic, but lives in a small Alabama town with her conservative parents. Doris' friend Maya is Jewish and lesbian which makes people in the town uncomfortable. Her late Aunt Stel was basically Doris' hero since she related to Stel the most. Nell moved from Illinois and leaves behind her new boyfriend and friends. An event unfortunately arises when her boyfriend, Ashton who is Black visits her. Grant is the disgraced former football star whose drunk driving crime, involving his ex-girlfriend, Chassie gets sweeped away because South + Football = all that matters. He's lost and doesn't know who he is; he thinks he might be an alcoholic and still reeling from his father's affair/new life.But under the store Unclaimed Baggage (is there a store like this lol??? i love thrifting and bargains so!!) all three bond in the summer and it was so wonderful watching the friendships grow. They are there for each other, whenever one has a problem in their life. There is a vague romance, but it doesn't happen until the end. Two people admit they like each other and like that was it. I really loved all the characters, I could see myself being friends with them. (view spoiler)[ I am so glad Grant got help !!! (hide spoiler)]Yay for a Planned Parenthood shoutout!Also there were these cute and tiny illos :)A store like Unclaimed Baggage, I loved seeing all the treasures they stumbled upon in people's suitcases. I found it so funny and cute when Nell started naming them. While I don't see how there could be a sequel, I wouldn't mind revising the characters and their small Alabama town again.
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  • Alexa Hamilton
    January 1, 1970
    Nell moves to a small town in Alabama with her family from the suburbs of Chicago. Can she make friends? Thankfully, she finds a job at a store that sells stuff from unclaimed baggage at airports, which is where the quirky, liberal-ish, non-racists are in this town. Specifically, Doris, who has been a bit on the outskirts for years. They become best friends. They also befriend Grant, the star football player, who has had some trouble and is working at the store too.There are a number of perspect Nell moves to a small town in Alabama with her family from the suburbs of Chicago. Can she make friends? Thankfully, she finds a job at a store that sells stuff from unclaimed baggage at airports, which is where the quirky, liberal-ish, non-racists are in this town. Specifically, Doris, who has been a bit on the outskirts for years. They become best friends. They also befriend Grant, the star football player, who has had some trouble and is working at the store too.There are a number of perspectives in this book--namely the 3 main characters, plus a little from an unclaimed bag that eventually winds up at the store. There is very little overlap to descriptions of events in each of the three perspectives, which I appreciate. While it's nice seeing the story from everyone's eyes, it can get a little repetitive. All three characters grow throughout the book, as they see the positives and negatives of their own lifestyle and the baggage they have in this small town. Nell, being from afar, doesn't have much baggage.The only thing it is truly missing is any real anger from the characters that gets between them as friends. Teens are fairly emotional due to their brain development, and these three are handling a lot, so it's a little surprising not to have any real nasty fights. On the flip side, who likes to read about those? This is a quick absorbing read, with the added bonus of imagining where lost luggage winds up. Which is really in stores like the one in the book.
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  • Jeannine
    January 1, 1970
    This took a very clever premise and created a thoroughly enjoyable story full of original and captivating characters. Set in Alabama, it follows the friendships and relationships of three teenagers who meet and work in a store called "Unclaimed Baggage" where quite literally unclaimed baggage is opened and sold or discarded. And what interesting items they discover! Doris, a liberal atheist in a conservative Christian town, loves her job and the people who work there which helps to make up for t This took a very clever premise and created a thoroughly enjoyable story full of original and captivating characters. Set in Alabama, it follows the friendships and relationships of three teenagers who meet and work in a store called "Unclaimed Baggage" where quite literally unclaimed baggage is opened and sold or discarded. And what interesting items they discover! Doris, a liberal atheist in a conservative Christian town, loves her job and the people who work there which helps to make up for the ostracism in school and the rest of the community. Nell is an unhappily uprooted girl from Chicago in need of new friends and a new job while pining for her biracial boyfriend (yes, that becomes relevant). Grant is the hometown football hero with alcohol and relationship problems. Doris has a mixed history with Grant, so is less than happy when she is asked to hire him. Relationships ensue. Friendship, trust, families, honesty and other standard teen issues are examined from many angles, some unexpected. And some really weird stuff is found in those suitcases. Plenty of humor (especially from Doris; she is a wonderfully engaging character) lighten up the darker elements of the story. A very nicely balanced entertaining with substance YA novel. I highly recommend it.My copy was an ARC from NetGalley.
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  • Caroline Hedges
    January 1, 1970
    This young adult novel was beautifully written. It was quirky, amusing, insightful and charming. I loved the 3 main characters who at first all seemed so different: the football star, the nerdy girl and the new girl in town who loved sports and detective fiction. Yet, as the book progresses and the back story appears you understand how similar they are: kind, funny, helpful and loyal. And all their stories are centered round the store they work at, 'Unclaimed Baggage' where lost luggage finds a This young adult novel was beautifully written. It was quirky, amusing, insightful and charming. I loved the 3 main characters who at first all seemed so different: the football star, the nerdy girl and the new girl in town who loved sports and detective fiction. Yet, as the book progresses and the back story appears you understand how similar they are: kind, funny, helpful and loyal. And all their stories are centered round the store they work at, 'Unclaimed Baggage' where lost luggage finds a home. The intrigue of who the lost items belonged to and how they helped tie up the story were very cleverly worked in. Rather than be just a flakey summer tale of friendship and growth, I liked the way the author blended in some hot topics. Racism, sexism and planned parenthood all got a mention but not in a preachy way. Doll found a way to bring them into the story in a very realistic and sometimes heart breaking way. A great read!
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a good book for anyone who is into young adult realistic fiction. At first glance, the three protagonists, Doris, Nell, and Grant don't seem to have much in common. But one summer working together at a store that sells the items in unclaimed baggage changes things between them. Each character is going through something fairly serious and/or big, and when Doris, Nell, and Grant get to know each other they finally have people who understand. The writing was fantastic, and the ending l This is such a good book for anyone who is into young adult realistic fiction. At first glance, the three protagonists, Doris, Nell, and Grant don't seem to have much in common. But one summer working together at a store that sells the items in unclaimed baggage changes things between them. Each character is going through something fairly serious and/or big, and when Doris, Nell, and Grant get to know each other they finally have people who understand. The writing was fantastic, and the ending left me wanting more. I want to know what happens AFTER the book ends. I definitely recommend this! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this lovely read!
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  • Faith Rice-Mills
    January 1, 1970
    My summary: Three teenagers, one a liberal, one a Chicago transplant, and one an alcoholic, spend their summer working at a small-town Alabama store that sells luggage never claimed from local airports. My first reaction upon finishing: Huh...I like the way the author dealt with all of those teen problems. Also, I want to visit the real store in Alabama. Five reasons I like this book: 1. There is a real store in Alabama that sells unclaimed luggage sent in from airports. I thought that was reall My summary: Three teenagers, one a liberal, one a Chicago transplant, and one an alcoholic, spend their summer working at a small-town Alabama store that sells luggage never claimed from local airports. My first reaction upon finishing: Huh...I like the way the author dealt with all of those teen problems. Also, I want to visit the real store in Alabama. Five reasons I like this book: 1. There is a real store in Alabama that sells unclaimed luggage sent in from airports. I thought that was really cool. When I was reading Unclaimed Baggage, I Googled "unclaimed baggage store" and found out about the Alabama locale. I love it when books teach me things! 2. Grant, one of the main characters, is an alcoholic. Though this is a problem for many teenagers in the U.S., it is often overlooked. I appreciated the way the author handled this. 3. Doris had a tragic experience as a young girl that changed the entire trajectory of her life. At the time of the experience, some of the adults in her life were not supportive and accused her of lying. Unfortunately, this happens to many children in the real world. 4. The three protagonists, one a popular football player, one a new kid, and one an outcast, become friends despite their differences. I know this is a storyline dating back to The Breakfast Club (or further back), but am still happy to see it in books. 5. Every bag that is unpacked at Unclaimed Baggage has a story. There are funny stories and sad stories that the three teenagers discover just by unpacking the various suitcases. One suitcase in particular is a mystery that is solved at the end. I loved that. Recommended Reader Age: 12 and up
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Unclaimed Baggage! The characters are well defined and spot on perfect. The issues faced by Doris, Nell, and Grant are all very current and very relatable. The plot brings up so many hard topics, yet it is extremely funny. I laughed out loud several times as I read. Unclaimed Baggage should be popular with students in middle school and up. I can see it used as a literature group selection or even a class read aloud. It should spark great classroom discussions.I received an ARC from the p I loved Unclaimed Baggage! The characters are well defined and spot on perfect. The issues faced by Doris, Nell, and Grant are all very current and very relatable. The plot brings up so many hard topics, yet it is extremely funny. I laughed out loud several times as I read. Unclaimed Baggage should be popular with students in middle school and up. I can see it used as a literature group selection or even a class read aloud. It should spark great classroom discussions.I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Keisha Frantom
    January 1, 1970
    Three teens become friends when they work at a store that sells unclaimed baggage. Doris doesn't fit in with her Alabama town's religious and conservative views and her best friend is at camp, Nell is new to town from Chicago and doesn't know anyone and Grant is the former popular football player who has been shunned after a drinking incident. My favorite parts were when they working unpacking luggage and the suprising finds inside. Even though it is a fun book to read, there are serious topics Three teens become friends when they work at a store that sells unclaimed baggage. Doris doesn't fit in with her Alabama town's religious and conservative views and her best friend is at camp, Nell is new to town from Chicago and doesn't know anyone and Grant is the former popular football player who has been shunned after a drinking incident. My favorite parts were when they working unpacking luggage and the suprising finds inside. Even though it is a fun book to read, there are serious topics such as racism and alcoholism mentioned.
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  • Gretchen Alice
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this a lot! I found it to be very sweet and earnest, while also handling topics like teenage alcoholism and racism and atheism with deftness. The three main characters were great, although I had a hard time keeping track of some of the side characters. I thought I would have been able to predict the ending, but the conclusion surprised me in a pleasant way. {3.5 stars, rounding up for the unique setting of the unclaimed baggage store}
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  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    January 1, 1970
    Really quirky- sometimes that worked (the store!!), sometimes that didn't (the chapters from the POV of a lost suitcase, stop trying to make me cry!!!!). I think I liked Doris' POV best and I found Grant's story and struggle refreshingly honest. I liked the friendship between them and Nell. But some of the morals were a bit ham fisted and the conversations read very young at points. I liked this but didn't love it.
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  • Kayla Rae
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book not because it was mind-blowing, but because it didn't try to be. It reminded me of the books that made me fall in love with Y.A. as a teen: simple, real, and not over-the-top dramatic like so many modern Y.A. books try to be. It's fun, you care about the characters, and there's no crazy, dystopian world backstory to keep up with.Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan for the ARC.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Unclaimed baggage, could be about people you know. Doris, Nell and Grant are all a little lost and all trying to figure out where they belong. Just like the lost luggage they sort through at the Unclaimed Baggage store where they work they are hidden treasures waiting to be discovered and appreciated. Great characters, charming, thoughtful and well written.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from NetGalleyI assumed this book would be a typical YA throwaway where two unlikely characters become friends, but it was so much more than that. It was surprisingly heavy and covered a lot of deep topics, but not in a way that seemed forced or like it was too much. I really fell in love with this story and read the book in one sitting.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    This one was hard to rate. I loved the characters, I loved how they named the different suitcases, they were true and delightful characters. The problem for me was when it became very issue driven and it took me out of the story because I was no longer with the characters, I was with the author. Really my rating is more accurately a 3.5.
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  • Carol M
    January 1, 1970
    I love this story of three very different teens living in a small Alabama town: the new girl from up North, the liberal misfit and the disgraced star football player who meet at their summer job. The relationships feel real, not forced. I'd like a sequel but one would be superfluous.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A little uneven but cute with but of depth to the characters.
  • Britt
    January 1, 1970
    I was pretty excited for this one as my teenage circumstances almost exactly match those of our protagonist, Doris, and I wasn't disappointed. 3.5 stars. Longer review to come.
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