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3.5 stars -- Better for younger readers

  • Aug 16, 2010
This is the story of 3 twentysomething women who left their jobs and personal lives behind in NYC to travel the world. It's a bold move and one that I envy!

As some have alluded, this story will probably be received better by single women in their 20s who are wondering where to go next. I related to that (being a woman who is almost 40 and looking back at what I've done and I've yet to do), but I agree that for a book as LONG as this one is, it lacks some depth -- both in character growth and information about all of these fabulous places that they traveled.

I have a feeling that everyone will identify most with one of the girls, which makes the 3 alternating point of views interesting:

Holly is a sweet optimistic girl with a thirst for adventure and "authentic" travel experiences.

Jen is dramatic and probably the most introspective of the 3 -- really trying to figure out where she is going to go next in life.

Amanda is probably the most fearful -- having trouble letting go of her freelance work at first, which hampers her ability to let go, but I think that she also grew the most.

If you are a "old married woman" like me and interested in a similar story, I LOVED One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children.

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December 09, 2010
I'm about to be an old married woman and agewise, I'm between the two stories. Maybe I'll have to check them both out of the library and let you know what I think ;p Thanks for the review!
September 01, 2010
Not sure if this is a book I would ever want to read, but I did appreciate the review. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about it!
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Starred Review. Friends Pressner, Baggett, and Corbett were all busy climbing the corporate ladder of Manhattan media when they realized that, in their late twenties, they weren't sure they wanted the golden handcuffs of New York success. Reprioritizing, they decide on a rebellious, extreme course of action: quit their jobs, abandon their boyfriends, and take a year-long trip around the world. In this group memoir, the three take turns chronicling a journey from Peru to Kenya to Vietnam to Australia, and everywhere in between. Though they don't always get along, the three learn to rely on each other, keep their minds open and throw themselves enthusiastically after every adventure that comes their way. The three authors, all gifted writers (each has worked as a journalist), provide passionate, vivid descriptions of their far-flung travels, bolstered by thoughtful insights and genuine intentions, making this an intensely enjoyable read for fans of travel writing; their semi-improvisatory experience provides a broader look at travel than either a luxury tour or a backpacking trip would, proving especially resonant. This memoir should also be immediately relatable for any twenty-something unsure of his or her future (i.e., most of them).


Prologue: Kenya (October) --
Jen, Argentina/Brazil (January, one year earlier) --
Amanda, New York City (May, One Year Earlier) --
Holly, New York City (January-March) --
Jen, Peru (June) --
Holly, Peru (July) --
Jen, Peru ...
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ISBN-10: 0061689068
ISBN-13: 978-0061689062
Author: Jennifer Baggett
Genre: Travel
Publisher: Harper
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