The Lost Girls and the Wander Year: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.

The Lost Girls and the Wander Year: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. Brave, Funny, And Deeply Moving Cathy Alter, Author Of Up For Renewal What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, And Starting Over Three Cheers To The Lost Girls For Showing Us, With Good Humor And Graceful Prose, The Beauty And Importance Of Leading Life Astray Franz Wisner, New York Times Bestselling Author Of Honeymoon With My BrotherThree Friends, Each On The Brink Of A Quarter Life Crisis, Make A Pact To Quit Their High Pressure New York City Media Jobs And Leave Behind Their Friends, Boyfriends, And Everything Familiar To Embark On A Year Long Backpacking Adventure Around The World In The Lost Girls

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  • Hardcover
  • 542 pages
  • The Lost Girls and the Wander Year: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.
  • Jennifer Baggett
  • English
  • 17 July 2018
  • 9780061689062

10 thoughts on “The Lost Girls and the Wander Year: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.

  1. says:

    I m sure the girls who wrote this had an amazing tripand I enjoyed hearing about a lot of it So being critical of the book feels a bit like insulting someone who is excitedly showing you their vacation photos For the most part, I liked hearing about their travels, though they had such similar voices in their storytelling, I gave up trying to remember who was narratingit wasn t relevant most of the time anyway There were quite a few moments where they were so intent on telling a story have to prove they are real writers, after all that they took me completely out of the story while they gave me their moral lesson learned or touching moment, instead of completing details of a trip Then on occasion they would reference some other part of the trip that they had neglected to share, and I d thinkwhy didn t I hear about thatTHAT sounded interesting We heard nothing about the capoeira classes in Brazil, scuba diving in Thailand, rafting over a waterfall in New Zealandthey just mention those things in passing And they spend a lot of time telling us how much they love each other, how no one was unreasonable, how they never run out of things to talk about, how supportive of each other they are and how well they know each other Fine and good What else did you see in South America that I won t be seeing did I mention that I m not adventurousI live vicariously through books, my trips are much planned out and closer to home But it seems they felt like for every story of partying in bars and clubs, they needed to make sure we understood they are good girls by telling us how they helped someone, supported good programs, etc But the school in Kenya made for a good story, the Aussie bus incident was amusing, and while a lot in between those two incidents blurs together, overall it kept me entertained for a few days.

  2. says:

    Someone rec d this book to me because I m off on my own backpacking journey in a few weeks And I bombed through it in a couple days but it doesn t really seem to resonate with me.It was enjoyable and I loved the travel parts of the book The parts where they talked about their experiences, good and bad, were fun to read and I was particularly moved by the chapters in Kenya A lot of that portion showcased the guilt they feel but it was their interactions with the girls at Pathfinder and the other people in the village that were very intriguing to me.Unfortunately, I felt like this book was written by one person There was no difference at all between the writing styles and it took me until the very end to finally remember the differences between Amanda and Jen As they started bringing people in, friends and family, I got even confused because no one seemed to have any distinguishing characteristics from each other.By the end of the book, I was really fed up with the constant soul searching and inspiring revelations that the girls seemed to have every single chapter and every time they looked at a sunset or hiked a trail together I understand where they were coming from but we didn t need to hear the same inspirational tripe from each girl every single chapter.Overall it was enjoyable but could have been shorter and focused on their actual travels In the end they mentioned various things that they had done in some of the countries that had never even been mentioned before.

  3. says:

    In The Lost Girls,. three twentysomething Manhattanites ditch their high pressure jobs to backpack around the world for a year Each chapter is told from a different girl s perspective, making it difficult to remember who is who Aside from a moving initiation in Masai Mara, Kenya, and a moment in Peru when a local woman surprises the girls with her kindness, little stands out in this superficial 500 page saga Missing is the wittiness of Peter Mayle, the deeper observations of Bill Bryson, and the strong personal impact Michael Crichton once shared about traveling Instead, pages are wasted on worrying about work and insignificant nonsense This travel memoir had the potential to be so much , but it got lost in the telling rather than the showing.

  4. says:

    I have a love hate relationship with travel writing Either it s so detailed about the landscape that I m not interested because the details take out the human experience or it s so personal that the writer forgets to mention the details of the landscape and the events of traveling Few writers have been able to satisfy my standards for travel writing, which is why I only read it when my book club ladies tell me to.This book was very well balanced As a mid 30s woman, I m beyond all the questions these women have about their careers, long term relationships, and familial future However, I remember those feelings and the turmoil that comes with it and I only wish I had two strong women and an empty passport to deal with it like these ladies did Their year long trip took them to places that I d never heard about, and I m not much of a travel bug, but it even had me thinking about at least a little international travel and exploration off the beaten tourist path by the time it was done Overall, the description of their travels and experiences, coupled with their personal issues and the stories about quick but deep friendships they forged with other backpackers made for a completely satisfying read that I d recommend to nearly anyone It s not deep writing it could easily be a beach read but there is still depth enough to make me tear up here and there.

  5. says:

    I really liked the idea behind this book Who wouldn t want to take a year off and travel with their two best friends However, about mid way through the book I started to think it was less of a book about traveling and about friendships, dating and the popularity gaining quarter life crisis I was annoyed by the drug use in Goa, India the constant partying, and the one sexual encounter that made me go EEwwww Didn t these girls know that their mother would someday read this book Or maybe even future children They complained about the hosteling scene, but seemed to be eating it up Overall, I d give a 3, because while I think they did do a great job of creating a visual picture of many places they visited and adding a few new sites to my travel list , I couldn t easily forget the typical girl drama.

  6. says:

    This book is just what I needed to inspire me to make my 40 before 40 list a list of 40 things I want to do before I turn 40 Its a book about friendship, travel, inspiration, and discovering who you are.Three friends Jennifer, Holly and Amanda are on vacation in Brazil talking about all the dreaded work that they have to face once they return to NYC and they are most definitely not looking forward to any of it Jokingly, they discuss what it would be like to take off for one whole year and just travel around the world They would finally be able to really see the world and all it has to offer, whilst searching for the inspiration needed in helping them to decide what it is they truly want to be doing with their lives such as, figuring out if they are on the right career path Plus, they would be able to achieve some of their dreams, like hiking the Inca Trail, volunteering in Kenya, training to become a yoga teacher and hanging out with the Maasai One whole year of travel could really change their lives.Of course, talking about it is one thing Could these three successful and career driven women really choose to give up their jobs and lives in NYC for one whole year Would they be willing to risk what they had worked so hard for in order to take time out for themselves Yes, they could and yes, they would Not long after their vacation in Brazil, Jennifer, Amanda and Holly meet up to discuss turning their year long dream trip into a reality ASAP Soon they are sketching out an itinerary of all the places they want to visit and how long they want to spend at each place, along with figuring out how much money it will take to make this trip come to fruition They also begin to realize just how much this trip will cost them with regards to their careers and personal relationships Filled with excitement and fear, they book their tickets and are soon packing their bags and headed to their first stop Peru Talk about a fun, interesting and inspiring read Not only do we get to know Jennifer, Amanda and Holly as they take us along their year long journey, but we also get to learn about all of these new and exciting places they get to visit Its as if we are right alongside them on this journey of self discovery we get to hear about all the yucky roaches, their restroom rating system and the language barriers that cropped up from time to time We also get to read about their adventures as they trek through jungles, meditate at a yoga retreat, dance til dawn at nightclubs, and sleep on grungy beds in hostels From the people they meet to the way a sunset makes them feel, we begin to notice the changes slowly taking place within these women and the fact that they are starting to realize just how lucky they are in their lives already Of course, along the way there are arguments, hugs, lots of laughter and an overall appreciation for one another A true testament to friendship, this book really does provide a genuine feel of what these three women mean to each other and what this year means to them which makes me glad that they decided to chronicle their year of travel I found this book to be interesting, fun and inspirational Its made me take stock of what I have in my life and also what it is that I want to get out of life Of course, its made me want to travel, too All in all, this is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone interested in reading about friendship, travel and self discovery.

  7. says:

    I m still trying to finishing this for a Book Club, but not sure if I can, which is unlike me The authors really lost me when they chose to phonetically type out how the accents of the people they encountered sounded But, Miss Holly, I don t undah stand We get it, you re in Kenya and the people you are meeting don t sound like you And instead of poetically talking about the nuances of language and the characteristics of the accents they are encountering, we get Eggg cellent Another GoodReads member in the reviews below described it as a privileged white girls visit developing countries and discover how privileged they really are type memoir, but I m not sure the authors themselves have actually discovered how privileged they really are, because Holy shit, you guys, said Jen, sounding both shell shocked and thrilled Are we really doing this Are we really going to India provides me no comfort in their genuine insight into their privilege as three middle class white women in the third world But maybe I ll read beyond page 200 and be proven wrong The only saving grace of what I ve read so far there are some ok descriptions of places they have travelled to so far but I d like to hear about the specifics they do, like the capoeira classes in Brazil.Update couldn t finish it.

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    Started this book four days ago and am halfway through 542 pages in all I can t put it down Being a wanderlust myself, thus one reason why I have a maison secondaire in France, I ve been anxious to read this one The way the girls bring their personal issues into the mix of the experience with their travels keeps it very real Often people say that three is not a good mix of friends but Jen, Amanda, and Holly prove that it can be a great combination as they all have assets to strengths to bring to the group It is true what they say that their idea of doing what they ve done is addicting.Awoke the morning of the 25th anxious to read the last chapter wondering what happened to The Lost Girls after their year long trip together If only.unfortunately I fear now I am too old to comfortably stay in hostels and do bunjee jumps but it was nice to live vicariously through Jen, Amanda and Holly I m now following their blog and encouraged to see they are still doing what they can to help those in need in other countries as well as the U.S There s mention of a TV series I think it would be hit and hope it happens Best of luck girls One statement that Amanda makes in Chapter 25 is so sad but so true She really hit the nail on the head with, And therein lies the tourism paradox the greater a destination s popularity, the less authentic it becomes.

  9. says:

    Totally self absorbed and unenlightening non fiction on a topic that could have been very interesting The only thing interesting about this annoying book were some of the descriptions about locales, especially New Zealand, Kenya, and Cambodia Very superficial authors who are wealthy beyond belief and it becomes really annoying the further you get into the book Do not recommend it.

  10. says:

    This is a privileged white girls visit developing countries and discover how privileged they really are type memoir, but it is a good read I most enjoyed the descriptions of the places they visited and the lives of the people there I also appreciate that the authors did visit almost solely developing countries and that they really made an effort to find organizations and businesses that would benefit locals Also they also engaged in typical hostel partying along the way, they felt like thoughtful travelers I definitely liked and related to Holly the most What bothered me the most was the book s heteronormativity, especially in the chapters of Amanda and Jen A good read however.

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