Book Review: The Lost Girls – Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett & Amanda Pressner

Title: The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.
Author: Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett & Amanda Pressner
ISBN: 9780061689062
Pages: 560
Release Date: May 11, 2010
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Travel
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Feeling like they need something more in their lives, late-twenty-somethings Jen, Holly, and Amanda decide that they are going to quit their demanding New York City jobs and travel around the world (on a tight budget, of course).  In the process, they learn a lot about themselves and the world around them.

Review:

I love books about travel, so the idea of reading a memoir written by three friends who traveled around the world together sounded amazing.  What’s more, they were my age, so I was excited that I might be able to identify with them.  However, I have to admit, their ages also made me a little wary – I was afraid this would be a book about partying, about these three women basically binge drinking around the world.  II am glad to say that I didn’t need to worry – while there were certain elements of the party lifestyle, this definitely wasn’t a book rife with wild behavior.

I really liked the way this memoir was written.  The voice shifts between the three women to tell us their experiences in the different places they traveled – Peru, Kenya, India, Vietnam, New Zealand, and more.  As a result, the reader gets a well-rounded look at locales.  They also are great at descriptions, which is essential in travelogues.

Each of these women was also on a personal journey, in addition to their physical travels.  They were all candid, recognizing their own faults and trying to come to terms with where they were in their lives.  It gave the book an added depth, which I would really have expected based on the premise.

I really enjoyed reading The Lost Girls.  The locations they visited were exotic and very interesting; I liked how they steered clear of Europe as a whole and tried to visit destinations that weren’t quite as sanitized.  They mixed with the locals, volunteered to help the less fortunate, spent time at a yoga retreat in India – they really wanted to immerse themselves in the places they visited.  They were intent on truly experiencing these locales, and that comes through in the book.  I can’t recommend this book highly enough if you’re interested in travelogues, especially if you’re in the same age range as these women.  It’s a well-written and easy to read memoir that is as fun as it is interesting.

Comments

  1. I love that they avoided Europe to hit up more interesting locations (not that Europe isn’t interesting, I just find it more ‘safe’, more like home, if that makes sense). Do they include any information about how they funded their trip? The cost? That kind of stuff?

  2. I love that they avoided Europe to hit up more interesting locations (not that Europe isn’t interesting, I just find it more ‘safe’, more like home, if that makes sense). Do they include any information about how they funded their trip? The cost? That kind of stuff?

  3. Amy – I totally agree. That’s one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much, because they avoided the beaten path!

    They definitely include some info on how they funded their trips – they each saved up some money, one woman freelanced during the trip, but mainly it was credit cards.

  4. Amy – I totally agree. That’s one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much, because they avoided the beaten path!

    They definitely include some info on how they funded their trips – they each saved up some money, one woman freelanced during the trip, but mainly it was credit cards.

  5. Ouch (re: using credit cards). I do love travel though, so will be interested to see what they say.

  6. Ouch (re: using credit cards). I do love travel though, so will be interested to see what they say.

  7. Funny, I thought a lot of the book *was* about partying! Didn’t much care for it, though I love that the girls left their jobs for this adventure — and are inspiring others with the book.

    I don’t write straight-up reviews, but I did give a brief explanation on my Tumblr why I didn’t love the book:

    http://alexiskgrant.tumblr.com/post/654032272/the-lost-girls

  8. Funny, I thought a lot of the book *was* about partying! Didn’t much care for it, though I love that the girls left their jobs for this adventure — and are inspiring others with the book.

    I don’t write straight-up reviews, but I did give a brief explanation on my Tumblr why I didn’t love the book:

    http://alexiskgrant.tumblr.com/post/654032272/the-lost-girls

  9. Alexis – Thanks for the comment. I did feel like there was a *lot* of partying at the beginning of the book, but I did appreciate that it was addressed directly by one of the women at one point, and tapered off significantly after that.

  10. Alexis – Thanks for the comment. I did feel like there was a *lot* of partying at the beginning of the book, but I did appreciate that it was addressed directly by one of the women at one point, and tapered off significantly after that.

  11. It did taper off. And I felt like I could relate to Holly. But still… not sold…

  12. It did taper off. And I felt like I could relate to Holly. But still… not sold…

  13. I haven’t read many books that would fit this description, and your review makes me think I would really like this book. I am going to have to investigate this further, as it sounds like a wonderful read! Thanks for the great review!!

  14. I haven’t read many books that would fit this description, and your review makes me think I would really like this book. I am going to have to investigate this further, as it sounds like a wonderful read! Thanks for the great review!!

  15. Oh, wouldn’t it be fun to take a trip like that?! The book sounds great to me.

  16. Oh, wouldn’t it be fun to take a trip like that?! The book sounds great to me.

  17. This sounds fantastic! I love that they dodged Europe because who hasn’t seen/read plenty of those travel stories?

    Great review! I hope my library has it.

  18. This sounds fantastic! I love that they dodged Europe because who hasn’t seen/read plenty of those travel stories?

    Great review! I hope my library has it.

  19. Travel memoir + quitting job to travel the world with your your friends, I’m in! Can’t wait to read it!

  20. Travel memoir + quitting job to travel the world with your your friends, I’m in! Can’t wait to read it!

  21. Travel memoir + quitting job to travel the world with your your friends, I’m in! Can’t wait to read it!

  22. Travel memoir + quitting job to travel the world with your your friends, I’m in! Can’t wait to read it!

  23. Travel memoir + quitting job to travel the world with your your friends, I’m in! Can’t wait to read it!

  24. Travel memoir + quitting job to travel the world with your your friends, I’m in! Can’t wait to read it!

  25. I have not heard of this book, but it sounds fun. I really enjoy travel memoirs, but I don’t recall seeing one written by women my age. Thanks!

  26. I have not heard of this book, but it sounds fun. I really enjoy travel memoirs, but I don’t recall seeing one written by women my age. Thanks!

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