The Wonder of Us
Culbertson’s (The Possibility of Now, 2016) latest is a fun travelogue about friendship and forgiveness. Abby and Riya have been best friends since preschool. But their friendship is tested when Riya’s family moves to Berlin, Germany for her junior year leaving Abby behind in her small California town. She's lonely and miserable and the sudden breakup of her parents only makes Abby feel worse. The girls thought it would be easy to remain friends, but instead, they find themselves fighting and keeping secrets. Riya tries to repair their friendship and console Abby by surprising her with an all-expense paid European vacation. Will the two friends be able to recharge their bond, or does growing up mean growing apart?