Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Review 9: The Amazing Journey

The Amazing Journey. Author/Illustrator. 2015. [May] Wisdom House Books. 322 Pages. [NetGalley:]

First sentence: During the summer of 2011, I wondered what type of family trip to plan before our oldest son Austin went off to college the following year.

Premise/Plot: From Goodreads.com - The Amazing Journey is the true story of Grady and Austin Hicks, a father and son who travel the world for twenty-eight days before Austin attends college. Austin is the first of three Hicks children who embark on this globe-trotting tradition with their father.

My thoughts:  I do not read many memoirs just to be upfront.  This particular book was a memoir wrapped up inside of a travel guide wrapped up like a season of The Amazing Race.  I can relate to both father and son in this journey of exploring the world.  I leave this book with a new respect for some very old cultures.  One day I hope that I can do half of what I read about in this epic adventure!  It did feel as though it dragged slightly for me but I appreciated what the author was trying to convey about the sights, sounds and experiences that they witnessed.  Hawaii, China, Nepal, Tibet, India, London, and Paris I hope to make it to these locations one day.

Rating 8/10

Recommendation:  Fans of memoirs, travel inspired books, and good old fashioned adventure lovers will enjoy this book

*I received a digital review copy for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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