Unclaimed Baggage

Unclaimed Baggage

Book - 2018
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Told from three viewpoints, teens Doris, Nell, and Grant find friendship and the possibility of love while working in Unclaimed Baggage, a store that sells items that went missing during airline travel.
Doris 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 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. Will they unpack some of their own emotional baggage, and move on into the future? -- adapted from amazon.com
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374306069
Characteristics: 379 pages ; 22 cm


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Joan S.: "Set in a store, 'Unclaimed Baggage,' that sells items from airline luggage that was lost or never picked up, the story is told by three teens that work in the store. Each has recently lost something very important to them. Doris lost her Aunt in a weird water accident, Nell lost he... Read More »

The storytellers of Unclaimed Baggage are a bunch of lost souls: Doris (the leader), Nell (the outsider), Grant (the beautiful, complicated wreck) and a purple leopard-print suitcase. What they need to find is each other. Jen Doll weaves their tales together into a dense, rich and powerfully beau... Read More »

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Jun 09, 2019

In Doll’s debut YA novel, there’s a lot of baggage packed into the story, and I don’t mean just that of unclaimed luggage It’s the story of three teenagers in Alabama who work together unpacking unclaimed suitcases and selling the merchandise in a store. The teens seem so mature. I am sure I wasn’t that mature when I was that age. Evangelical bigots, interracial hatred, alcoholism and divorce are all problems packed into this well-written and believable story.

Mar 18, 2019

Jen Doll weaves alternating viewpoints from 3 teens together. You learn what a MacGuffin is (a really neat literary trick) along with the 3 teens. If you're a lit geek like me, you'll be fascinated by the concept and recognize its use in many classic stories you've read. It's not until part-way through that you realize this entire book is itself based upon a MacGuffin. Curious? Enjoy a great YA story? This is your book!

JessicaGma Dec 05, 2018

I really enjoyed this book set in a store that resellls (sells?) unclaimed baggage. Doris and Grant are the locals with Nell being the new girl from Chicago, and everyone has some more and less obvious struggles,m or dare I say BAGGAGE? to work through. I liked the different points of view, and setting it in Alabama added some extra struggle. Definitely worth reading.

Nov 18, 2018

Set in a store, Unclaimed Baggage, that sells items from airline baggage that was never picked up, the story is told by three teens that work in the store, . Each has recently lost something very important to them. Doris has lost her Aunt in a weird water accident, Nell has lost her friends and boyfriend when she had to move with her family to Alabama, and Grant has lost his star football player status to alcohol. Can each find what they need at Unclaimed Baggage?


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