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I'm also divorced after a long marriage, and have also found travel to be a wonderful thing. I got this book because I am planning on visiting Thailand and Cambodia next year.
That said, the book, while well written and interesting, left me feeling kind of sad. The author doesn't strike me as an adventuress; desperate and frantic were the words that came to me. I was hoping for an introspective investigation of the countries visited and the changes she went through in them. There was a little of that, but it seemed to me it was mostly bar and bed hopping. Distasteful enough in the Gen X'er's she traveled with. Even more so in a woman in her 30's.
Other than the ten day retreat, I didn't find the changes I was expecting, and nowhere did I find good info on the temples, culture or people of these countries. It was mostly rapturous descriptions of the current young man in her bed. Yawn. He's 19 and you're drunk. C'mon.
I also couldn't help but wonder just what she was living on. How does she support herself? I mean, 7 months is a long time. The only thing mentioned is the occasional volunteer position or short term teaching. Not very helpful to most of us.
All in all, it just wasn't what I expected after reading the reviews and description.
That said, the author's target audience is clearly women, particularly women who read books like "50 Shades of Grey" and probably fantasize about traveling and meeting strange men in foreign lands. As a guy, it was definitely uncomfortable reading at times, but I paid $4 and dammit I was determined to get my money's worth. I felt like an uncle being invited to play tea party with his 5-year-old niece, and he has to play along so to not disappoint her: "What? Yea sure, I guess I can sit down in this little pink chair and hold a cup of tea, but I gotta go in a few minutes okay? Are we having fun yet? Yea? Do I really have to wear this bonnet? Okay, I really gotta go now." The book could use a good editor, as the story kind of jumps all over the place at times, with flashbacks or things happening out of sequence, but it wasn't difficult for me to figure out what was going on.Read more ›
TSTW is part travel diary and part romance novel; the author taking the reader along as she tries to outrun the grief of a bitter divorce and find out who she is and what direction she should take in her new life. Morey's tone is at the same time conversational, witty, and unflinchingly honest, as she describes both the memories and mistakes she makes along the way.
This quick read is a hopeful story of personal growth that leaves the reader with the idea that the end of life as you know it isn't the end of your life, and that mistakes can lead to new and better beginnings. Be warned, though - it'll leave you with a serious case of travel lust!
Morey's writing voice is informal, helping the reader feel like they're a friend tagging along on her adventures. However, this sometimes went a bit too far. One example being her overuse of the word ever, as in "... the absolute best breakfast joint --Ever." Still, a fun read that should appeal to fans of travel narratives, especially women who have a thing for guys with accents.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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Being a divorced woman myself, I could really identify with this book. I went through my teenage, early twenty, years all over again after my divorce and can identify with the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Erika R Perez
I met Julie in a restaurant in Campbell, CA -- A mutual friend of ours had invited me out to meet her. She's amazingly bright and fun to chat with, very unassuming. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Edward D. Crump
This book had me laughing out loud and booking a trip asap. Great book if you love traveling and what comes with new adventures good and bad.Published 18 months ago by alisha sheline
Felt like I was there.... From what I remember through the fog of two decades back. Great weekend read!Published 18 months ago by david ginsburg
Started it but couldn't get into it, let alone finish it. The blurb was good enough for me to pick it up though...good job on that.Published 21 months ago by PDX Author
Julie has real courage to take on Asia with such gusto. It must be a real eye-opener to return home afterwards and encounter these same cultures trying to get along in our... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cdunc
Very fun read, but beware, it will make you want to quit life and go travel! Very much enjoyed this.Published 24 months ago by Robyn Woodbury
Decent book and an easy read, but I feel like this story has been written a billion times. Anyone who has traveling abroad in their 20s has had similar experience, and there is no... Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Beth Meyer
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