It’s been awhile since I really sunk into a book. I’m not a big reader, and if a book doesn’t pull me in right off the bat, I won’t finish it for years. I had the opposite reaction when reading the book, The Lost Girls.
After multiple friends recommending this book to me while I’m in the midst of planning a trip to Southeast Asia, I knew I had to pick it up, but I wasn’t sure if I would really end up finishing it before I flew off on my adventure in December.
For those of you that are unaware, this book is a true story about 3 girls in their late twenties who decide to give up their full-time jobs, and regular lives in New York City to go on a year-long journey around the world. Hitting places like Africa, South America, India, Australia, Asia, and New Zealand, these three girls (Holly, Jen & Amanda) take you on a journey around the world, leaving you with a serious case of wanderlust.
The book was not overly what I expected, in some places they visited I felt like shaking them and saying “this is all you are doing while you’re there”, for example, when they go to Africa to volunteer, they volunteer with a program that really doesn’t have much structure so they end up sitting around the camp for which seems like forever before they could really find a way to make a difference. When they visit India, they basically spend the majority of their time within a yoga school, which is cool for the first chapter but after a few you’re like “okay, can you go see other parts of this beautiful place now”. But at the end of the day, everyone has their different ways they approach traveling, and their different needs and wants while visiting certain countries.
Although some chapters left me frustrated, others left me in tears or with a serious urge to quit life and take off on the road for as long as humanly possible. I loved hearing about the adventures, and situations they encountered along the road and how they even made the worst situations entertaining and light-hearted.
Throughout the book you really become a part of these 3 girls friendships. The power of friendship and the bond between these girls is evident, and the book was a great escape and adventure for the reader.
Would definitely recommend this book to any girls that have a serious case of wanderlust 365 days of the year.