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