- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2174 KB
- Print Length: 412 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I1O03S6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #645,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the moment I picked up my Kindle to start reading this book, I could not put it down. The words are so easy to follow and you can picture what you’re being told as you’re reading along. I could imagine myself being in the situations in the book.
What’s more, I found the book funny and relatable. I enjoyed Steve Taylor’s refreshing honesty. The fact he isn’t an accredited traveller but is rather an ordinary person, like you and I, enhances the book. Let’s face it, sometimes when we’re on our holidays, we don’t give two stuffs about sightseeing and sometimes we’d rather go to the local pub – after all, getting a feel for the place you’re in is just as important!
The tone of the book is informal and there are slight grammatical errors. From a critical point of view, this is one of the worst things to do however I think it works for this story. For example, the author often uses, “Angie and me,” or “Malc and me,” which fellow grammar police will absolutely cringe at. But it works. Put the book into context; the author is from Northumberland and I interpret the narrative in a northern voice. Therefore, grammar inconsistencies do work thanks to the context and background of the author and the relaxed tone throughout the story.
It is made clear from the get go that the books focuses on Geordie people. Now, it is a well-known fact that northern people tend to be overly friendly and you definitely get this sense throughout the book.
Steve and his friends, Malc and Ricky, often found themselves in some hilarious situations including having their Geordie accents mistaken for German; I am often mistaken for being Welsh before so I can definitely relate to this.
Hot Dogs, Pretzels and an American Adventure is split into three separate trips. I have to admit, this isn’t made abundantly clear but you do clock on as you’re reading that suddenly you’re following a different trip with Steve and Malc, Ricky or Angie. It’s interesting as you read to see how his tone and attitude changes depending on who he’s with. For example, when Steve is with his friends, he’s tone is more relaxed and he treats you, the reader, as if you are one of his mates. However, when he is with Angie on their honeymoon, his tone adapts as he is taking her around the places he loves, and Steve does the same with the reader. Angie does not have the same appreciation for America as Steve does and from the reader’s perspective, it’s almost as if you take the persona of Angie as you let Steve, the author, take you around the place he loves.
When you get down to the nitty gritty of it, this is a travel book. In most travel books, you see particular focus on the tourist spots. Taylor allows emphasis for local bars, smoking and eateries. For me, this was risky however, where you eat and drink is equally important on holiday as what you do and see. Thanks to the informality of Steve’s storytelling, giving so much focus to these topics does work.
Overall, I’d say go ahead and give this book a read. It’s a fun, light-hearted story that takes you on a road trip around the US. I read the Kindle version, but I have seen the paperback version and I love the look of it – it almost makes you feel as though you are looking through someone’s holiday photo album. The Kindle version does it’s best to emulate this, pictures are provided at regular breaks, however there is only so much an e-book can reflect an actual hard copy. Whichever format you choose to read in, you will not be disappointed.
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