Challenge criteria: Read a book during the season it’s set in
Alice is turning thirty and is stuck in a rut. Her friends are all coupling up and settling down, while she’s still working as a temp, trying (and failing) not to shag her terrible ex, getting thrown out of clubs, and accidentally sexting her boss…
She decides to throw caution to the wind and jets off on a round-the-world adventure to #FindTheFun and find herself. Of course, she’s no more likely to find the answer to true happiness on the beach in Thailand than she is at the electric beach in Tooting, but at least in Thailand there’s paddleboard yoga.
Can Alice find happiness on her travels? Or is she more likely to lose herself all over again…?
What I liked:
Every book of Lucy’s is a hit for me, and this was no exception. I loved Alice, even if at times she could be rather flighty, stubborn and impulsive – maybe the reason I loved her so is because she’s a lot like myself.
I lived vacariously through Alice for a couple of hours, travelling through LA and Thailand with Alice alone then to Australia to visit her family. It’s definitely made me want to reach for my passport.
I loved the ending. There’s a lot of sentimental moments in there, and it really did bring the book to a close quite well. There’s also a lot of strong and wonderful messages that things may not always be as they seem, and there’s a lot to learn from this book.
What I didn’t like:
I wasn’t a big fan of Don the Uber Driver, and I didn’t approve of his and Alice’s storyline together. I also didn’t love a lot of the relationships throughout the book – Eva and Jeremy’s relationship, as well as Isabelle and Ethan’s seemed quite superficial.
Out of five:
Four. I loved Alice’s adventures so much, and she’s inspired me to make some of my own adventures and memories.