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I Grew My Boobs in China (Sihpromatum #1)

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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 u
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Published August 19th 2012 by Sihpromatum Publishing House (first published August 16th 2012)
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Sep 05, 2013 Katy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katy by: Savannah Grace
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Memoir
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: Anyone who is interested in stories about travel experiences
Animal things: girl has to give up all her pets (birds, hamsters, lizards, dogs...); graphic depiction of animal slaughter

My Thoughts: I'm not normally a person who reads memoirs, so this is a bit of a departure for me. However, the author has written this in a style like a novel, just telling a story, and it's very readable.

The scene where Savannah had to give up Harris
Hunter Jones
Oct 23, 2013 Hunter Jones rated it it was amazing
Wanderlust. It inspires us and shapes so many of our lives - whether we live it or inherit it, or just glimpse it from afar. Ms. Grace gives us valuable insight into her own personal views. Oh, to be so wise at such a young age. I admire Ms. Grace and her ability to share, thus the book gets a 5 star. Cheers! I greatly look forward to more from this author.
May 20, 2013 Ionia rated it it was amazing
I dare you to read this book and not fall in love with it. Seriously, I dare you to. If you have been looking for a memoir that will make you smile, make you laugh and help you to look at the world through different eyes, this is surely the one to do it.

The first portion of this memoir tells the story of the average teenage girl. She is somewhat insecure, has had plenty of experience being the new kid in town and is trying to settle into a rhythm in her young life. She loves her dog, her best f
A. Bookzilla.
May 13, 2013 A. Bookzilla. rated it really liked it
It took me forever to finish this, but it's only because life got in the way. Plus, I think I'm just not the target audience for it.

First thing's first - this is a non-fiction book, a travel memoir of Savannah Grace's that she wrote out to read like fiction.
Maybe it was because I knew it was non-fiction, but I just couldn't get into it as I would with a fiction book. I'm just not a non-fiction reader.

Second, it's so hard reviewing a book based on real events that the author lived through. This i
John Rachel
Feb 18, 2013 John Rachel rated it it was amazing
"I finally pushed through that barrier of stubbornness I’d always carried to see a new reality, one where I was unbelievably blessed by all the wonderful, positive things in my life. It was more than just an abstract concept, as if all the colours of the spectrum simultaneously blended into a white light that burst through my soul. I felt as pure as the crystal waters below..." What beautiful writing! This young author with this amazing debut has a great future.

This book was particularly engagin
Feb 28, 2015 Aubrey rated it it was amazing
I picked this book because it fit the "read a book about a place that you have always wanted to visit" part of my reading challenge for this year. I am so glad that I made that choice. Savannah is wonderful writer. The pictures that her words paint are priceless. I am so glad that I was able to "visit" a place I have always wanted to go, and I didn't have to eat the hairy biscuits while I was there. Thank you Grace family for sharing your amazing adventures.
Nov 25, 2012 Eline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
Wauw! This is the first book in a long while that thaught me a lot while it also offered me a great and entertaining read. Normally I find books with true stories rather boring. This time it was different. Though Savannah Grace tells us a story about the big journey she and her family made, this wasn't a dull diary or something like that. It was a funny, well writen, interesting book that invites you into a new world and encourages you to read further and further and to travel further and furthe ...more
J.P. Bary
Jun 19, 2013 J.P. Bary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children being separated from friends and their parents.
When I was 11 years old, I took a year long tour through the orient and around the world with my parents. So I could immediately identify with both the author's discomfort when the frenetic pursuit of acceptance among her friends was interrupted and with the more mature sense of her identity that emerged as she learned how to accept, and become accepted by, many new and different friends in her journeys through China and Mongolia. This is a book that many a parent will be inclined to give to a c ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Marla rated it it was amazing
I Love SIHPROMATUM. I can't put it down. Right now we're having goat soup in a get in Mongolia. YUCK. I am so In love with each of you individually and as a family. Savannah, 15 years old, writes with mirth and such enlightened depth the longer and farther she is from their home in BC Canada -- and yet she includes so much cultural and descriptive information about their experience, I can visualize each scene in my mind. I am recommending it to my friends, but honestly, I didn't know how to say ...more
Jan 16, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!!!!! This book is amazing!!! Lately (before reading this book) I was stuck and couldn't find any really good books... This is by far my favourite book of all time! Awesome story. Really cool to think about the fact that this isn't fiction, this is really what happened!! I love that! Savannah is so nice, meeting her and staying in touch is great! Being able to read a book and talk to the author is incredible! It's also great to be able to look at pictures (! One of ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Bondjennings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thing I think I appreciated the most about this book was Savannahs honesty. She doesnt relay the past as though she enjoyed every moment of it and never once complained about how hard it was to leave everything behind and travel through countries without flushing toilets, cold water, and english speakers. It was very refreshing. She does a great job of not only expressing her own feelings but also the perspective of her brother, mother and sister - each with a cery different outlook from the ...more
Jul 12, 2014 Alison rated it it was amazing
I just finished this story that was so much fun to read, and I am already looking forward to the next installment of their travels. The author the youngest of this family that is traveling the world is 14 when the books starts, and it takes us on their adventures through China and Mongolia. I love the start of the title- “Sihpromatum” which is defined as (a blessing that first appears to be a curse), and this is exactly what it was for the author. I the beginning we definitely can feel the angst ...more

I don’t usually enjoy memoirs, but this YA book pulls you in straight away, fueled by a reluctant teen traveller’s abrasive moods, a quality writer’s powerful and evocative descriptions, a perceptive young woman’s attention to lessons learned, and all the wonder and excitement of backpacking through Asia. Beautifully written sensory details transport the reader simultaneously to the far side of the world and into the mind of a fourteen-year-old girl, and the book becomes a journey filled with in
Kelli Buchanan
Oct 11, 2014 Kelli Buchanan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Her parents get divorced Savannah's mom decides she needs a change in her life. She decides to take three of her children on a year long trip. They sell all they're things and get rid of the pets and pack up and go.
This is Savannah's take on the trip. They story which is non fiction is about the first leg of the trip. It kept me interested and I learned quite a bit as well. I was very impressed by the families ability to adapt to the ever changing conditions and customs of the many laces
Sep 12, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, travel
What an amazing adventure for a 14-15 year old! I loved reading about Savannah and her family and could really picture in my mind the places where they were traveling. Such an amazing trip they took. Savannah, her older sister Bree, and their brother and their mom. Their brother being in his early 20s and having some travel experience under his belt led the way getting them through China, Hong Kong, and Mongolia. What a thrill!

The book wasn't QUITE what I expected. I thought it was going to cove
May 24, 2014 Buchdoktor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, china, travel

Savannah Grace’s Mutter ist eine Frau von schnellen Entscheidungen. Angestachelt durch die Reiselust ihres Sohnes Ammon beschließt sie, mit dreien ihrer Kinder (darunter Ammon) ein Jahr lang mit knappem Budget durch China und die Mongolei zu reisen. Die Kinder werden aus der Schule genommen, die Haustiere fortgegeben und die Rucksäcke gepackt. Besonderes Highlight: Savannah, die nie gelesen hat, bekommt von Mama „Vom Winde verweht“ als Reiselektüre verpasst. Als im Wohlstand aufgewachsene 14-Jäh
Kanishka Poddar
Mar 07, 2014 Kanishka Poddar rated it it was amazing
Sihpromatum happened to me when I really was looking for a nice travelogue. Savannah's work as a writer is stunning, discriptive and she keeps you connected with her story through out. She has described every incidents, travels and stories so beautiful that you actually feel like packing your bag and taking the next flight to the places to experience yourself what happened with her, how she was cursed to take a trip which ended by into a life changing experience. She has talked about her moments ...more
Colleen Ray
Nov 06, 2013 Colleen Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this! Although it's written from the perspective of a 14 year old girl, it doesn't read like a YA book. It's well-structured and tightly written, and the author doesn't take herself or her travels too seriously to be a fun read. I wasn't ready for the journey to end, and can't wait till the next installment is released. Highly recommended.
Aug 07, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The imagery has me wanting to grab my back pack and hit the road again! The insights, the growth, the prose, the accounts of a traveller are true, deep and inspiring. To be able to have the opportunities Savannah were given, however reluctant to accept them, could make any traveller jealous of those lost year!
Jan 31, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book started off a little slow for my liking but I decided to read on a bit past where I would normally stop and was glad I did. The author did a great job getting you to see beyond the traveling around the world theme and .pull you not just into imagining yourself in the places visited but more importantly, I felt myself becoming emotionally involved in the lives of each character and watching the progression from the initial reaction to the idea of a year backpacking around the world to ho ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Lua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting memoir about a family that begins a one year backpacking journey on a tight budget. It's the sort of travel that is fascinating to read about, but I wouldn't ever want to do it! That said, there were certainly parts of the journey that sounded wonderful, and some of the photos are gorgeous. I'm just a little too attached to creature comforts like a hot shower, and knowing where I'm gonna sleep at night. The author was just 14 when her mother decides to take Savannah and her olde ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Marilee rated it it was amazing
I am now hooked on travel/backpacking true story adventures. What a great way to travel to new places around the world!
Rebecca Nebesar
What a story! The young author Savannah Grace graces us with the sparking, vivid tales of her family adventure to Asia. She begins as a sheltered somewhat spoiled western child. Through the challenges of stripped down, backpacking, rugged travel with her ascetic and intellectual college-age brother, her athletic older sister, and her mother in need of a reboot after the collapse of her marriage, Savannah evolves into a young woman with wit, stamina, and humility. The book is great as a bedtime s ...more
Jun 24, 2015 Helene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story of divorcee taking kids to
Asia on the cheap.
Jun 12, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I want to quit my life and see the world. I loved this book!
Lucinda Clarke
Feb 16, 2016 Lucinda Clarke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting sub-title I thought as I sat down to read. To begin with as someone who loves to travel I was irritated by this teenager who did not want to leave America and go and travel across China. Then, as I began to see the situation from her point of view, I totally understood, and wow what a journey it was. This was a great read and I loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to learn about other countries and I am looking forward to all the ot
Lisa Kearns
May 29, 2015 Lisa Kearns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book several months ago, and had a hard time sticking with it. I enjoy travelogues, but I almost gave up before the author and her family actually left on their trip. Once they were launched, it got better and I enjoyed reading about their adventures. I've lived overseas for half my life and many of the scary, strange and overwhelming experiences in this book will ring true with anyone who has traveled and seen the world.

Written as the diary of a 14-year old girl who leaves with h
Laurie Hanan
Feb 16, 2014 Laurie Hanan rated it really liked it
The writing is not elegant. In the early part of the story there are some confusing point of view shifts, even within the same paragraph. I was frustrated and ready to chuck the book, but a friend encouraged me to keep reading. There are a lot of ‘rough’ sentences, for example: ‘I added a peevish demonstration of wide eyes to demonstrate how serious I was.’ But the writing does improve as the book progresses. To her credit, there are very few typos. And we must applaud this young author for taki ...more
I was a bit skeptical about reading this book because of the title originally as it seemed gimmicky. But I'm glad I went ahead and decided to read it as it turned out to be quite interesting and enjoyable. And since it is the first of a few books about the trip, there's a lot of adventure to be had in the series.

At the age of 14, Savannah is told by her mother that they are going to get rid of everything (including beloved pets) and go backpacking around the world for a year. As to be expected,
Luanne Ollivier
Sep 08, 2013 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it

Sihpromatum: A blessing that initially appears to be a curse.

Vancouver, Canada: Fourteen year old Savannah thought it was the end of the world when her newly divorced mother (Maggie 45 yrs.) decided that she would pull her two daughters (Breanna 17 yrs.) out of school and travel for a year. Accompanying them would be already seasoned traveller - older brother Ammon, 25 yrs.

"We were going to pack up everything, we were going to travel around the world, and we were going to live out of back
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Savannah Grace was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada.

At 14 she was pulled from school to travel the world before returning home 4 years later to graduate from high school.

Now in her twenties she has traveled to 100+ countries and is the author of the award winning series "Sihpromatum" which includes "I Grew My Boobs in China" and "Backpacks and Bra Straps". Co-founder of popular weekly Twitte
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