Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

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 U...

Details Unclaimed Baggage

TitleUnclaimed Baggage
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Young Adult Contemporary

Reviews Unclaimed Baggage

  • Mary H
    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.
    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!
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    SO SO CUTE. I LIVE. Full review coming closer to release!
  • Lauren R.
    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!!
  • Katherine Moore
    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 ...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    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 t...
  • Sarah K
    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 agai...
  • Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
    4.5 stars! This was so refreshing and lovely. More review to come!
  • Kate
    3.5 // fun fact: I lived in Alabama for two years and this book definitely brought me back. Super cute.
  • Laura Hill
    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 ...
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    "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...
  • Gabrielle
    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...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    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 worki...
  • Jeannine
    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 ...
  • Caroline Hedges
    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 a...
  • Darcy
    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 under...
  • Faith Rice-Mills
    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 lugga...
  • Judy
    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 ...
  • Keisha Frantom
    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 i...
  • Gretchen Alice
    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}
  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    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.
  • Kayla Rae
    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.
  • Lisa
    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.
  • Sarah
    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.
  • Courtney
    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.
  • Carol M
    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.
  • Stephanie
    Review to come!
  • Karen
    A little uneven but cute with but of depth to the characters.
  • Britt
    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.