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

The Lost Girls 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 gra

  • Title: The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.
  • Author: Jennifer Baggett Holly Corbett Amanda Pressner
  • ISBN: 9780061689062
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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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    1. I'm sure the girls who wrote this had an amazing tripd 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 narrating 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 p [...]

    2. 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 othe [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 questi [...]

    5. 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 an [...]

    6. 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 more 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 "EEw" Didn't these girls know that their mother would someday read this book? Or maybe [...]

    7. 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 br [...]

    8. 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 thou [...]

    9. 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. “Three friends, four continents” is the cover tagline of this rewarding, if lengthy, account of modern independent travel – our guides Amanda, Jen and Holly launch themselves several zip codes outside their comfort zones, then write it all down.The eponymous lost girls are three New York-based media sector worker-bees whose (frankly scary) ambition has perceptibly shifted into promotion and career success, but share a nagging worry that the corporate hamster wheel might not be the One True [...]

    11. 4.5 stars for this one, which I'm calling "Eat, Pray, Love" for millenials. It took approximately one chapter of this book for me to come down with a serious case of wanderlust, and approximately 2-3 chapters to become completely enthralled by the authors' story. First, the courage it takes to break completely from convention--to quit jobs, give up apartments, and leave behind significant others for a year-long trip around the world. And not just to travel the world, but to visit lesser-traveled [...]

    12. 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 GoodRe [...]

    13. I enjoyed this book because I love travel writing, although I think a much more apt title would be "The Guilt Trip," in both the literal and figurative sense. Instead of including some of the more adventurous elements of their around the world trip, there was way too much focus on the girl's relationships and the "humanitarian" parts of their trip. The latter was fine, but you got the sense that instead of learning and absorbing their experiences in developing countries, they instead felt overwh [...]

    14. Taking a sabbatical and traveling sounds fun. Any traveling is fun, I can attest to that. And, taking a year off of work and life could be a fascinating experience. Jen, Holly and Amanda did just that and traveled the world, seeking adventure. This memoir is told from their alternating perspectives and narratives. The book is refreshingly honest and they hold nothing back when it comes to conflicts and issues between them.There are some fun anecdotes and a lot of drama. I would have liked less d [...]

    15. I was attracted to this book because I love traveling and I thought it would be fun to read about other young women's adventures around the world. I enjoyed the book and added some places I would like to go to my very long list! The book was a collection of stories written from the point of view of each of the girls. I liked one of the author's style of writing and point of view over the other two. Sometimes I felt like the descriptions and the adjectives used were right out of the thesaurus. It [...]

    16. One of the things I like best about this book is that the women aren't afraid to admit their own biases and mistakes when traveling around the world for a year. My eyes were opened by their struggles and I added a few places to my life travel list. I also crossed a few places OFF my list (I'm looking at you, India!). Great for women who have cases of wanderlust (as I often do!).

    17. Wow I LOVED this book!!! This spoke to me in so many ways. I was right there with those girls on wanting to quit my job and travel the world for a year to find myself and figure out what I truly want. My trip to Iceland was intended that way, and like these girls, we didn’t really get all of that out of the intentions. I’ve never really been interested too much in seeing Thailand until I read this book. The trip to Laos sounded magical and perfect, I wrote every place down so I could do it m [...]

    18. This book started off slow. I almost abandoned ship when they were in South America, because I was interested in more of the gritty details of travel and not so much the partying aspect. But, the book picked up. The writing was a little clumsy, a little too retrospective and explaining every feeling in every chapter, but I did end up really enjoying the book, up until the end. The ending- I really felt like the trip part of the book dragged on and on and on, but then there was NOTHING about re-i [...]

    19. Many travel memoirs romanticize the idea of quitting your job, leaving everything behind, and traveling the world. The Lost Girls, however, gives a realistic and and painfully honest account of three young women who decide to take a year off to backpack around the globe after facing career hardships, relationship issues, and a general feeling of unease surrounding their late 20s. From food poisoning in South America to cockroach-infested mattresses in Kenya to a hostile and violent taxi driver i [...]

    20. I really really liked this book. The only reason I am not giving it a higher grade is because I really don't want or need to buy it. It's a huge book and I don't think I am going to reread it anytime soon. I only give B's to books I think I may want to buy. This book has that grade, minus the need to actually own in.Pros: Career girls drop everything (almost) and take off and go traveling. I liked where they went and what they did. I laughed so much on the chapter about Auckland and New Zealand. [...]

    21. I really enjoy reading travel journals. They give me a look at parts of the world I will probably never see. I was excited to read this one when I found it, but it's taken me over a month to slog through it reading it bits and pieces at a time. The Lost Girls (Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, and Amanda Pressner) decide in their late 20's to put their "real" lives on hold and spend a year traveling around the world. They do this the backpacker way staying in hostels and seeing the real deal r [...]

    22. Three friends, four continents, one unconventional detour around the world sounded so promising!This book is supposedly written by the three friends, each telling a bit of the story in their own alternating chapters. I found myself constantly checking the bottom of each page where the name of the chapter (and the name of the traveller) was helpfully typed as I could not distinguish which of the three told any of the chapters. It read like a novel written by a single author, or, like a phrase the [...]

    23. i have mixed feelings on this book, an impossible-not-to-compare-to-eat-pray-love travel memoir by 3 girls in their mid 20s. they quit their life-consuming ny media jobs, dumped their boyfriends, and went to see the world for a year. on one hand, i do think that travel is the best form of education, and when i met jen and amanda at our book club discussion of this book, they related that since the trip they’ve become advocates for “gap years” and spend time educating potential travelers on [...]

    24. As a parent of kids in this general age group, i found it fascinating to compare/contrast what these girls are thinking as opposed to what I thought at that age and what I think my youngest daughter must be thinking. Also the cultural differences in some countries between expectations for twenty-somethings really made me notice how the North American culture is swinging to a different place than it was when I was that age. Granted, I was that age in a very small part of the world, without all th [...]

    25. This book was such a fun read. 500 pages flew by! I loved that I could put it down and pick it up a few days later and fall right back into the adventures. These women are incredibly introspective and candid and I truly appreciated their honesty; I have been in similar travel situations and it made me realize some of my and my friends' pettiness, aggravations, quirks, and differences are shared by everyone and are something to acknowledge and sometimes even celebrate.I loved the different voices [...]

    26. I loved this book! I loved what it stood for, how it made me feel and the dreams it cast into my soul. It was definitely a book that got under my skin. I have always wanted to take a year off with friends and travel around the world. After reading this book, I know that it's possible but that it doesn't matter when. Just that you do it, when you can and that it will be amazing no matter what. Jen, Holly and Amanda do a great job of telling us of their real life adventure. They went to so many pa [...]

    27. This travel memoir chronicles a year in the lives of three twentysomething friends who decide to leave it all behind (jobs, relationships, safety, and all things familiar) to embark on a journey around the globe. Visiting over a dozen countries, they say "yes" to almost everything and catalog so may once-in-a-lifetime experiences that the book can barely contain them all. Their account of the people and places they encounter was eye-opening to me as to how different, even in these modern times, [...]

    28. This was such a difficult book to finish -- not because it was bad, but because the way the book was formatted and stylized, I didn't feel a pull to finish the book. Each chapter was a story in its own, but there was no allure to rush to the end of the book as I felt with other books. Obviously, this wasn't a work of fiction, but rather a travel journal of sorts, so it didn't really call for a climax of sorts that would pull me in. All in all, I enjoyed the travel accounts and antics the girls g [...]

    29. I thought this book had promise and was looking forward to a good escape. The book dragged as soon as they started their trip. With three authors they were often overlapping information and there were 3 different writing styles making it hard to get into the rythym. They took three times as long to say what they needed to. I also felt like they were trying a bit to hard to be writers. I couldn't finish it I was so bored and I finish everything I read.

    30. This book was amazing. I stumbled upon their blog/website and knew I had to read the book to learn more about their entire trip. I love how they went to "less popular" countries so I learned a lot about each while I was reading. These girls are bold, brave and amazing! They are such troopers and after reading you will want to travel the world it experience it for yourself!

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