Description according to Goodreads: “SIHPROMATUM (Sip-row-may-tum) is a memoir series of one family’s four-year backpacking adventure around the world. The first installment, I Grew my Boobs in China, is the beginning of an intensely fascinating, sobering, and emotional memoir of Savannah’s introspective and innovative family adventure.”
Ms. Grace was 14 years old when her mother announced they would be selling everything and embarking upon a backpack trip beginning in China. It was the last thing Savannah wanted and like most teens who are forced to do something they don’t want to do, she struggled to accept this new traveling life.
I love to travel, but quite frankly, I did feel sorry for this girl. This isn’t normal, safe traveling. This is bare-bones, we have no money kind of traveling. Yes, some teenagers do this, but generally when it’s their own decision and also by males who don’t have the same safety issues as females. But Ms. Grace gradually came around and tried to find some positives about the trip.
Mostly, I enjoyed hearing a reluctant teen’s perspective on life in the poor areas of China. It’s quite the culture shock. And a teenager will often comment on things an adult might leave out. I enjoyed the descriptions of the “sleeper” buses, the food, the bathrooms and her interactions with the locals. It’s not a great work of literature, but it’s worth reading – especially since armchair traveling of this sort is far more comfortable than the actual experience!
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012
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