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Unclaimed Baggage

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
*A New York Times Staff Pick*
*An NPR Best Book of 2018*
*A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2018*

In Jen Doll's young adult debut novel, 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.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"Jen Doll's writing is as full of surprise and treasure as the titular Unclaimed Baggage. I fell hard for Doris, Nell, and Grant, and their story that celebrates the discovery of true friendship." - Ava Dellaira

"Set against the lively landscape of modern day Alabama, three unlikely friends are thrown together for an unusual summer that is part adventure, part romance, part backyard treasure hunt. Sharply conceived and deeply felt, Jen Doll spins a story that details the intricate and surprising relationships of maverick Doris, free-spirited Nell, and troubled golden-boy Grant who wear their hearts--and will steal yours--on every page of this warm, funny, and wryly-observed novel." - Adele Griffin

"Jen Doll's luminous, deeply felt debut novel Unclaimed Baggage will claim your heart as immediately as it claimed mine. Anyone who has felt out of step in her hometown, anyone who has felt like she was living in a constant state of culture shock despite never having left home, anyone carrying heavy bags, be they literal or emotional, will spark to this story of friendship, selfhood, and discovery of abandoned treasures." - Katherine Howe

"UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE is equal parts tender, funny, and affirming. This tale of three small town teens and the quirky workplace that draws them together reminds readers that the universe has a way of bringing us the people we need most in our lives. I absolutely adored this book." - Jennifer Mathieu

"A testament to the restorative power of friendship, with an intriguing premise and setting that will inspire readers to come to terms with their own 'unclaimed baggage'." - Leila Sales

"The small-town Alabama teens I met in Jen Doll's stellar book have populated my mind and heart. This story will stay with you." - Melissa Walker


Used availability for Jen Doll's Unclaimed Baggage

Hardback Editions

September 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Unclaimed Baggage
Author(s): Jen Doll
ISBN: 0-374-30606-0 / 978-0-374-30606-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

March 2022 : USA Paperback
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Title: Unclaimed Baggage
Author(s): Jen Doll
ISBN: 1-250-21158-1 / 978-1-250-21158-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Square Fish
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Unclaimed Baggage
Author(s): Jen Doll
ISBN: 0-374-31220-6 / 978-0-374-31220-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (BYR)
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

September 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Unclaimed Baggage
Author(s): Jen Doll
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU