From Goodreads: When she lands a coveted nonpaying, nonspeaking role in a play going on a European tour, Rachel Shukert—with a brand-new degree in acting from NYU and no money—finally scores her big break. And, after a fluke at customs in Vienna, she gets her golden ticket: an unstamped passport, giving her free rein to “find herself” on a grand tour of Europe. Traveling from Vienna to Zurich to Amsterdam, Rachel bounces through complicated relationships, drunken mishaps, miscommunication, and the reality-adjusting culture shock that every twentysomething faces when sent off to negotiate “the real world”—whatever that may be.
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Purchased: Review copy from Publisher
What I Loved: Rachel held nothing back! When I say that, I am telling you to be prepared for the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. She didn’t try to sugar coat her decisions and/or the people you meet. She was funny and entertaining throughout the whole book.
What I Liked: I really enjoyed the “extra” parts of the book. From the how to create a Rachel costume to “How to tell if you are getting sold into trafficking”. The book was also full of humor at just the right times, so you never felt to overwhelmed by her journey.
Complaints: Really only one, though this just has to do with a lack of warning: This book is very raunchy at times and while billed as a travel-log it really only goes a couple of places. I don’t think either of these distract from how good the book is but it should be noted.
Why I gave it a 4: I thought it was a funny, intimate view into one woman’s journey into finding the next chapter in her life. It really drove home the fact that not all of us have uncomplicated journeys and sometimes you just have to be brave and/or stupid enough to take the chance to figure it out!
Who I would recommend it too: People who read Diablo Cody’s Candy Girl, would be a great target audience. I also think this would appeal to anyone who likes to read non-standard biographies! It was a good read!
Author’s website: http://www.rachelshukert.com/
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