Welcome back to another month of the Wow Book Club – number two to be exact! If you haven’t yet heard the news, I’ve started a monthly book club to instigate better reading habits, both for me and hopefully for you, too! This month’s selection is the recently released “Girls Who Travel”, a debut novel by Nicole Trilivas.
Nicole is a young traveller and author, who (upon a little google stalking) has travelled to more than 30 countries and like myself, is only missing Antarctica off her continents bucket list. I was immediately intrigued by the author more so than the book, as I often find I have an instant connection with travellers, wanting to know where they’ve been, where they love and loathe, and where they’re itching to go.
While I’m not normally one for reading novels (I like my books how I like my friends – real), I decided to give this book a go anyway because the title and cover image intrigued me. I know, I know, one should never judge a book by its cover – but that is precisely why I continued my quest in finding out what lie beneath the pages!
So, whats the verdict?
Girls Who Travel (Book Review)
My initial reaction to this book was one of intrigue as I picked up the paperback in the Melbourne Airport (where I always seem to make my book purchases) and began to sift over the blurb to decide if this was something I’d consider reading. While I loved the title and book cover, I decided that this book probably wasn’t for me. As someone who reads to be inspired and motivated, the idea of reading a novel about a girl travelling just didn’t entice me enough to make the purchase. What would have sold it for me was a true and inspiring story, but without that, I decided to place the book back on the shelf and browse other selections.
Only a few weeks later this book arrived in my post office box, so I concluded that it must be fate and began to dive into the pages of the 24-hour-turn-around book.
The story follows a female heroine, Kika, who has spent a year travelling the world backpacking and once she has returned home, wants nothing more than to hit the road again (don’t we all know those feels). She thus works at home as a means to end, saving for another adventure and caring little about life at home until she has the funds to set off again. This eventually gets her fired, followed by a job offer as an Au Pair in London, resulting in the character moving to live as an expat and as a result, love and live her life to the fullest.
While I love the author’s writing and witty tone, I have to admit that the book, Girls Who Travel, wasn’t groundbreaking in any way and didn’t inspire me to pack my bags and get on a plane… unlike other travel reads like Paris Letters (Janice Macleod) or Lunch in Paris (Elizabeth Bard).
It took me a while to realise what exactly I didn’t like about the book – because in all honesty this is a great read for young girls who love to travel or love the idea of travelling, so I took my time to make my mind up on this book before writing my views – yet I still find myself somewhat conflicted!
I suppose from a personal standpoint I would have loved to go along on Kika’s adventure rather than her non-adventure, and spend more time in retrospect, perhaps with more comparisons drawn to her previous travels and how this has effected her new life at home and further when living in London.
Overall my personal conclusion is that this is a good, easy read for young girls who either love to travel or wish to travel, though at this point in my own life and travels I have in some way moved beyond the first trip love affair. I still love travel as much as ever (it will always be my one, true, first love)… but I love travel in a less sporadic kind of way. I love travel as a part of my life, not the only thing I care for at this point in my life and I certainly love being at home as much as I love being away (unlike Kika who cannot find any love for her work or balance in a work + travel + home lifestyle balance).
Difficult to describe – but I hope you understand my clear-as-mud review!
Over to You!
I’d love to know what you thought about this month’s WOW Book Club pick. The reviews on this book seem to be quite divided so I’m sure we will all have varying opinions – so please feel free to contribute whether you loved or loathed the book!
Questions for discussion:
Did you find yourself relating to Kika or were you like me and felt somewhat removed or aged from this character?
Do you, like me, love being at home as much as being away or are you like Kika and itching to get going again?
What were your thoughts on Lochlon and Aston?
Over to you! I’d love to hear your feedback on the book and any topics for discussion you’d like to raise with WOW readers. Join the discussion in the comments below!