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Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida Paperback – March 19, 2010

3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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"A unique book by a brilliantly witty, instantly loveable author... I couldn't put it down." 
--Trashionista.com, Top 10 Reads of 2010

"[A] unique story that proves that dreams really do come true."
--Wanderlustandlipstick.com

"[Catherine] writes with wit and humor about her time in Orlando. Thoroughly enjoyable and a great read!"
--Talli Roland, author of The Hating Game

"I really loved MOUSETRAPPED. It was sweet, funny, charming and inspiring. [The] chapter [about] Kennedy Space Centre ... made me cry and it made me feel like anything was possible."
--Keris Stainton, author of Jessie Hearts NYC

"MOUSETRAPPED is an interesting, quirky tale with a conversationalist tone and a likeable narrator, packed with tales about space shuttle launches, religious theme parks and even a Bruce Willis story." --ChickLitClub.com

About the Author

CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD is an occasionally delusional twenty-something from Cork, Ireland. As well as working in Walt Disney World, Catherine has been a student journalist, administrated things in the Netherlands, cleaned tents on a French campsite, established a handmade card company and answered telephones in several different offices. Yes, several. She is currently trying to get somebody - anybody? - to publish her first novel, writing her second, daydreaming of a US Green Card and drinking way too much coffee. She wants to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up. www.catherineryanhoward.com www.mousetrappedbook.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (March 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451522924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451522921
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,297,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Janet Mendoza on June 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Catherine Howard writes with honesty, humor and she is extremely entertaining!! You will feel like you are there with her through her witty descriptions of her surroundings.
I have been a mentor to teenagers throughout the years and I have a hard time getting them to leave their homes and small towns to go see the world.. they come up with all sorts of excuses as to why they can't leave. It takes extreme courage to not only leave home but your homeland and move to a place where you have no friends, family or anything familiar around you! I'm glad that this author chose to write about her adventure so that others can be encourage like her to GET OUT THERE! Love the book!
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MOUSETRAPPED was in the reading queue behind GOOD OMENS by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I was about two-thirds of the way through GOOD OMENS when I began Catherine Ryan Howard's memoir of the time she chased a dream from Cork, Ireland, to Orlando, Florida, to work at Disney World (and see a Space Shuttle launch, learn to drive, buy a car, visit Cape Canaveral and Celebration, and many other things). For the record, I very much like GOOD OMENS and am in awe of both Gaiman and Pratchett as writers.

But MOUSETRAPPED was the book I kept reaching for. I wanted to know what happened next. Would those seven roommates from Kazakhstan leave by the 25th the way they were supposed to? (Yes.) She was in tears on a bus. Was she going to shake off her depression? (Also yes.)

MOUSETRAPPED is about what happens when dream meets reality. Although this meeting was more of a collision at times, Catherine Ryan Howard writes with humor and energy about all her experiences. It's fun to hang out with her.
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Mousetrapped is the memoir of a twenty-something Irish girl who spends a year and a half living and working in Orlando, Florida. Along the way, Howard reveals her inherent delusions and naivete, with endearing and amusing honesty.

I cringed and laughed by turns reading about what is, in a sense, a tale of growing up and coming of age, coming to terms with reality and developing more realistic dreams.

Catherine Ryan Howard's self-deprecating writing style reminds me very much of Bill Bryson, and I look forward to reading more from her.
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Being a fan of Orlando, I was looking forward to reading this book! I could picture myself applying for a position, jumping on a plane, and landing in Orlando and then being hit with the reality of it all! I loved reading the authors highs and lows, and I enjoyed reading about places I hadnt ever thought of visiting. The book grabbed my attention, and I was left wanting to follow the authors next journey :)
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I thought this was a very fun read and I finished it in a day and a half being it was just too hard to put down. I have read some of the other reviews and they slam the author for not talking about Disney enough but in reality she talked A LOT about Disney.She also talked about the surrounding parks such as the Kennedy Space Center, Universal Studios, and other attractions around Orlando such as good places to eat and shop. She also talked about the history of the Kennedy Space Center and the Celebration city. The author was very funny as well and I couldn't help but laugh at times. I had read her other book "Backpacked A Reluctant Trip Across Central America" and had loved it and so decided to give "Mousetrapped" a try. I was not disappointed and $2.99 for kindle, what do you really have to lose?
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