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Travel, Sex, & Train Wrecks by [Morey, Julie]
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It felt more like reading a travel diary than reading a travel novel...She shares the good, the bad, and the crazy.  I felt like I was actually there with her while reading this. It is wonderfully written, and it is a fun read. -  Book Reviews by Courtney Bauman (bit.ly/VB5b5K)

Morey's writing voice is informal, helping the reader feel like they're a friend tagging along on her adventures...a fun read that should appeal to fans of travel narratives, especially women who have a thing for guys with accents. - BigAl's Books & Pals (bit.ly/UF7Sr5)

It is hilarious and adventurous, with more than a few dashes of sizzling romance and brutal soul-searching honesty.  Author Julie Morey has written a fantastic book that will take the reader along with her on her wildly crazy, but much needed trip through and around Asia. This is a book that will speak to readers around the globe. - Night Owl Reviews - Top Reviewer Pick. (bit.ly/TdCpsD)

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  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Julie Morey (July 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NQUWHE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By R. Mccollum on October 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Maybe I'm too old for this book. It just wasn't what I expected.

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.
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I was in need of another travel book, and quickly picked this one up based on the strong reviews. Big mistake, sort of. What I like is the author was not afraid to open herself up to the reader, as she made bold forays into personal topics such as her failed marriage, her changing conservative values, her evolving sexuality, and challenging her relationship with God. She wasn't traveling just for the sake of traveling, but to escape from her past and to help re-discover herself, so it was like a journey on two levels. The book covered the aforementioned topics well, and did so against the backdrop of exciting locations throughout Asia. This was just honest and fresh writing. I appreciate that the author took the time to share her very personal story and was willing to take the risk of being judged by readers who might have opinions about a woman making strong comments about religion and sexuality.

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.
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Have you ever wished you could put your responsibilities on hold and go have an adventure (or five)? The author of TSTW did just that, and shares her experiences traveling through southeast Asia in intimate, sometimes shocking, detail.

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!
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Travel narratives are never about just the travel. If a reader desires information about travel destinations, guidebooks and their internet equivalents do a better and much more comprehensive job. What a narrative gives that a guidebook can't is the personal touch. What did this specific traveler experience and get out of their trip? What were they looking for? What did they actually find? It might be adventure, a better understanding of other cultures, escape (even if temporary), or a better understanding of themselves. Travel, Sex, and Train Wrecks has all of these.

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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