Miss-adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America Paperback – 9 Mar 2017
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‘the book is scattered with genuine laugh out loud moments… If you like books written by Tony Hawks, then this is right up your street(Nudge Book Blog)
‘For laugh-out-loud relatable anecdotes, journalist Amy Baker’s account of travelling around South America is an easy winner’(Suitcase Magazine)
About the Author
Amy Baker is a freelance journalist, blogger, and copywriter. She is an experienced travel writer and has written for The Huffington Post, STA Travel, Easyjet Traveller, and TNT Magazine.
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and climbing an extremely high and difficult mountain with no previous experience really grip the reader. The only irritation is her use of 1960s hippy expressions such as 'dude', 'man', 'cool' etc. Come on Amy, you're in your thirties and emotionally mature, you don't need to write down to a particular audience.
Look forward to your next book.
I’m not a literary critic by any accounts. My judge of a good book is how quickly I finish it. More often than not, I’ll have my nose pressed into a book that I am really enjoying for far shorter a time than a book that is seriously dragging. Because of this I tend to finish brilliant books in a couple of days whereas awful tripe could go on for several weeks.
Amy Baker’s book (which we will abbreviate to the catchy MAATOILAWBASA) fitted well and truly into the couple of days’ camp. How can you put a book down that continues you make you smile for the entire time you are reading it? How can you drag yourself away before you find out the next stupidly insane thing that the main character (Amy herself) gets up to?
Amy’s writing genre could be called ‘Comedy Travel’ and it’s definitely an area I would love to see expanded with more books. I’d say she’s like a funnier version of Michael Palin, or a slightly less cynical Kyle Pilkington. She’s quite happy putting her innermost thoughts on the page. There’s a real honesty and relatability there that I immediately connected with. She’s not some high thinking philosopher but a normal (well, fairly normal) girl with normal thoughts, like worrying about what other people think of her and behaving completely inappropriately around good-looking Bolivians.
I’ll admit that the first few chapters are pretty tame compared to the drug induced hysteria, the impromptu brush with the drug cartel and the incident outside the hostel in Peru (You’ll have to read it to find out what happened. It’s worth the suspense) that appear in later chapters. Amy tells it all in her comic style and I dare you to read it and not laugh out loud at least once.
Buy MAATOILAWBASA. Buy it for your friends. Don’t buy it for your Granny!
There are no softening of the edges, she takes on mountains she isn't fit enough to climb, sleeps with men she really shouldn't, hangs out with some tedious hippies, it's funny. We've either all been there, or has a mate who has. It's one of those life defining journeys, that are life defining because loads of really good stuff happens and a lot of crap stuff too, all retold in hilarious detail.
By the end of the book the author is your mate, and you end up reading the section at the end featuring all the people she wants to thank because you don't want it to end.
If you are looking for a well described tale of South America, a laugh, a hero you want to root for, and a conversational unputdownable book. This is it.
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