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

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"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... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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7 ratings

Loved it!

This book made me want to travel the globe with my best friends even more. I could totally see each person in my friends group as a different Lost Girl.

Might be good for a teenager

Stopped reading this very silly book which is poorly written

Book Club of 50-60 Year Olds Loved It

Our book club very much enjoyed reading this travel memoir. I was surprised and pleased by the enthusiastic reactions and comments of our late-50s to early-60s members. While the book is geared toward twenty-thirty year olds, it should by no means be overlooked by those of us who are older. I found it interesting that these girls didn't take the trip with any "agenda" in mind - changing the world, writing the great American novel, etc. They simply love to travel and are willing to make it a priority in their lives. They are risk-takers who are open to meeting all kinds of people, and willing to work hard to make things happen for themselves and for others. I found it a fun book to read and hard to put down at times. I certainly hope readers of all ages, but especially young women, will find courage from the adventures in this book to begin to follow their own dreams.

Packing My Bags

After reading The Lost Girls, I am more convinced than ever that a round the world trip is in my future! They made it sound every bit as adventurous and worthwhile as I imagine. While it's not a how-to guide by any means, it does offer some fantastic tips and ideas on how you could make a trip like this a reality for yourself. Kudos to the Lost Girls!


I so enjoyed The Lost Girls that at the book's end, my selfish desire was that if the three adventurers had to prolong being lost to continue their tale . . . I wanted them never to be found.

Wonderful, start to finish.

I enjoyed this book from the minute I started reading it until the very last page. I was questioning if it would hold my interest for 500+ pages but it did. The details about each place they visited are vivid and fun to read.

Warning: Will Inspire Wanderlust

This memoir is wonderful: Funny, smart, honest and perfectly captures that odd time in life when you're no longer an adolescent, but still wobbling into adulthood. The point where choices seem endless, where responsibilities are minimal, and where you're fully aware that one step can suddenly take you on a journey you never thought you were capable of achieving. Holly, Amanda, and Jen were twentysomething, single women in New York City, trying to juggle romance, careers, friendships, and keeping up with paying rent when they decide to go on a trip of a lifetime: An around-the-world adventure together. The three plan profusely, cobble up funds, quit their jobs (or, in one case, are fired from a job) and take off. Along the way, they discover things about themselves, the world, and that who they want to be when they "grow up" just may be who they are right now? I definitely need to emphasize that this is NOT a memoir simply about an amazing trip. Instead, the three women are smart writers, incredibly resourceful (they developed a budget--without financial help from family--that seemed reasonable and doable on a just-past entry level salary) and funny. They don't take themselves too seriously, and don't strive for an Eat, Pray, Love style transformation. Instead, they notice and indulge in the tiny details of living--sneaking chocolate into an ashram, having a fling with a fellow hostel-visitor, trying to smooth over the awkward friendship issues that can come up when three girls spend 24/7 together--and emerge as 3-dimensional characters who you feel privileged to get to know through the pages (and jealous that you didn't come along, too!) The three have set up an awesome website to complement the book and to encourage readers to embark on their own adventures, and that sense of resourceful, "if we can do it, you can do!" pervades the book. That may be one of the absolute best parts: They're so encouraging and friendly and honest on the page, you really catch their enthusiasm and the travel bug. And don't be intimidated by the number of pages--it's a fast, addicting read that's perfect for the beach or the pool. The thing is, you really do feel like you're hearing these stories from your best friends--and I really hope they go on another adventure so they can write another book. Finally, not only does it explore what travel means, it also really looks at the awkward, conflicting, yearning emotions of being in your twenties and how sometimes there are breathtaking highs and dizzying lows. Ultimately, it's a celebration of youth, a modern-girls On the Road, a fun, fearless read that's perfect for any young adult about to embark on her (or his--there's a lot of insight into the female mind, gentleman!) adventure.
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