by Savannah Grace
Description from Goodreads
SIHPROMATUM (Sip-row-may-tum) is a memoir series of one family’s four-year backpacking adventure around the world. The first installment, I Grew my Boobs in China, is the beginning of an intensely fascinating, sobering, and emotional memoir of Savannah’s introspective and innovative family adventure.
In 2005, 14-year-old Savannah Grace’s world is shattered when her mother unexpectedly announces that she and her family (mother, 45; brother, 25; sister, 17) would soon embark on an incredible, open-ended journey. When everything from her pets to the house she lived in is either sold, given away or put in storage, this naïve teenage girl runs headlong into the reality and hardships of a life on the road.
Built around a startling backdrop of over eighty countries (I Grew my Boobs in China relates the family’s adventures in China and Mongolia), this is a tale of feminine maturation – of Savannah’s metamorphosis from ingénue to woman-of-the-world. Nibbling roasted duck tongues in China and being stranded in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert are just two experiences that contribute to Savannah’s exploration of new cultures and to the process of adapting to the world around her.
I gave this book four out of five stars.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a memoir based on a life changing journey of self-discovery. It was also the story of a family bonding and growing, together, through a multitude of new shared, life experiences.
The characters were well described and represented and I loved the humour injected into the narrative by the author. The different places visited were all described beautifully with vivid images created of the different locations.
The young Savannah came across as you would expect any fourteen year old girl to, having been forced to leave behind everything that she has ever known, especially her friends and her beloved dog.
It found it extremely interesting to hear about the different cultures, the unfamiliar food, the substandard transport, meeting and befriending people whose lives were totally alien to the Western girl’s understanding.
Reading this left me with an overwhelming urge to plan a trip far away in some exotic land.
Check it out, I am sure you will love this book as much as I did. I look forward to seeing the sequels to this book with real anticipation.