What Happens in Berlin

What Happens in Berlin

by Jen McConnel

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Overview

Four countries.
Three girls.
Three loves.
One adventure abroad they'll never forget.



Interrupting a summer of fun, Joelle takes a detour to Berlin for her older brother's wedding. Spending time with her family is enough to make anyone go a little crazy. She's ready to lose it...until she meets Vi, a girl ready to turn her world upside down.

Follow her journey in the third installment of the New Adult series, Adventures Abroad!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619637887
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Series: Adventures Abroad
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 217,356
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people's choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and a proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian,
and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

Follow Jen on Twitter @Jen_McConnel, and visit www.jenmcconnel.com to learn more.

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What Happens in Berlin 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
3-1/2 Stars. Joelle leaves her friends behind and heads to Berlin for her brother's sudden wedding to Petra. While there, she battles with her mother, meets charming Johan, but falls for free-spirited Vi, who I just adored. I do love that she has some serious self-discovery going on, but I think she still has a ways to go. This was my least-favorite book in the series, and I wasn't sure why at first. But now that I've had a few days to mull it over, I think it's because I don't much care for Joelle. She was fine as a supporting character in the first two books, but now in this one, I don't know. She did grow on me though, and I liked her so much better after she hooked up with Vi. I hated the way she judged Petra immediately, assuming she'd trapped Charlie into marriage. Plot The plot was as good as the other two books in the series, and there was some fun and different stuff going on and I'm not just talking about the girl-meets-girl romance. The wedding is the center of this story more so than the locale, although Berlin definitely plays into the plot. The family drama with her mom is also a nice twist to shake up the plot a bit. Characters Although I don't necessary like Joelle, I can't deny she's an interesting character. She has depth, and let's face it, we don't like everyone we meet in real life either. The other characters, Charlie, Petra, Johan, her mom, and Vi felt more developed to me than some of the supporting characters in the other two books and I think that's because Joelle studies people. She takes it all in and reflects back on what she observes in her narrative. World Building Being three-quarters German, going to Germany is definitely on my bucketlist along with heading to Ireland for the other one-quarter. I loved reading about Berlin and the descriptions presented on the pages match up with what I've heard from my family members who've traveled there. Ending I liked the ending of this installment quite a lot. Like I said, I saw some growth in Joelle and I'm interested to see where her story goes. Top Five Things I enjoyed about What Happens in Berlin: 1. Charlie. Yeah, he's a bit of a jellyfish when it comes to his parents, but he's a good brother, even if he does smoke (yuck). 2. Petra. She's terminally adorable and I think Joelle will benefit from having a sister-in-law like her. 3. Johan. Okay, so maybe he wasn't my favorite character, and he definitely has issues, but I loved his name. Because up until two generations ago, there were Johann Tragesers going back for more than a dozen generations and I always said if I had a son, I'd name him Johann. Which is crazy considering my kids' last name are all Hernandez. Still, I have a soft spot for the name. 4. Vi. Love her. Purple streaks and all! 5. Spin the Bottle. I haven't played that game since I was a tween, and I love that it factored into the story. Bottom Line While not my favorite in the series, What Happens in Berlin is a good story, a fast read, with interesting characters. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book, having read the first two books in the series, this book had me very much interested in the plot. We first get to meet Joelle in the first book, What Happen in London right at the very end. She is vacationing when she meets Sarah, and then they both meet Camie, in What Happen in Paris. Now we finally get to read about what got her to travel abroad in the first place. When Joelle gets the call that her brother is getting married, she is shocked to find out that he didn't tell her he was even dating in the first place. Now her whole family is flying out to Berlin for the wedding, at least that's what her parents tell her. Yet her parents surprised her with a trip to Europe before heading out to Berlin, and that is what gets Joelle to London and Paris. As she travels and meets Sarah and Camie, she can't wait to see her brother and meet his fiance. Upon her arrival, she meets a guy that seems to be attracted to her, but she doesn't feel the any sparks and decides to not lead him on. But that is only the start of her adventure in Berlin, because once she meets her brother's fiance, she finds herself surrounded by secrets while also trying to get along with the new member of her family, and a new attraction to someone she wasn't expecting to be attracted to. Now she has to decide what she is going to do next and travel to Italy to meet her friends. So this book definitely has a lot going on to it that I really liked. Joelle is a fun girl that just wants to travel and be with her family. Yet in the book she is surrounded by choices and decisions that she has to make that made the story that much more interesting to read. The ending was rushed, but it's a lot better than the previous books in the series. I definitely wanting to read the next/last book of the series next after finishing this book. :) ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
What Happens in Berlin is definitely my favorite book from this whole series! I thought that nothing could beat What Happens in Paris, but then this book proved me wrong. This novella follows Joelle who has to go to Berlin in order to meet her brother's new fiancee since they're getting married. While there, she ends up meeting this girl and the two of them fall in love. I found this book to be the most enjoyable because it had the most story built up. Joelle had been in the series for the past two books so it was great to finally see her have her own story! I had just been anticipating it for a while so I think that's why it was the most enjoyable. Joelle is definitely my favorite character out of all of the girls I've met so far!