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The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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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).
After a thrilling trip to South America, Jen, Holly, and Amanda, three Manhattanites in their mid-twenties, decide to climb off the career ladder for a year to travel the world. Inspired by The Flame Trees of Thika, Jen has always longed to see Kenya, while Holly wants to study yoga in an ashram in India. Amanda has dreams of pursuing a career as a freelance travel writer, but when she takes time out from their adventures to work on articles, it grates on the nerves of Jen, who is hoping to truly immerse herself in their surroundings. Though the three encounter snafus on the way—Holly initially finds the rigors of the ashram disheartening, the girls find themselves trapped in a car with a frightening taxi driver in Vietnam—there are many rewards on the journey, most notably when the three friends organize a group of Kenyan girls to perform a play about an influential Kenyan woman. For those with similar wanderlust, Jen, Holly and Amanda’s lively accounts make for the ideal armchair journey. --Kristine Huntley
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Top Customer Reviews
The possibilities, the realities, what can be realized and what will need to be accepted as dreams and wishes... A great inspiration, written in three voices, giving the story a more personal feeling.
I feel as the fourth Lost Girl after reading this -on the road, from New York crossing through The Philippines.
I was still left inspired that they were all such career driven individuals but decided to leave all of that for an unforgettable experience. For that, I would recommend this book especially if you are in a funk in your career or are afraid of taking that plunge. As for me, I was left wanting more from the travel experience itself.
I had high hopes for this book about the REAL emotions felt by travelers and was utterly disappointed. About 1/3 of the way through, I had hoped this would just become a picture book of all the places they visited.
Our book club, the Nutmeg Literary Society Book Club, initially had difficulty keeping track of who was who but at some point we were able to distinguish the 3 friends from each other.
Some of our members went to the same places and felt that the 3 friends explained the places well. We enjoyed reading about their time in Africa, Peru, Australia, India and New Zealand.
Our book club, rated the book a 3.6 out of 5.0.
It started off a little slow, but the journey did too, but once they got to the girls' school in Kenya, I was hooked! I've actually been looking into volunteering there myself!
This book, and the girls who wrote it, have inspired me in more ways than one and gave me the confidence I needed to set out on my own adventure!
I was so sad when I finished this book and can't wait for them to write another.
Jen, Amanda and Holly forever!
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