Caity's Reviews > Backpack Like You Mean It: A crackpot tale of travel through Southeast Asia

Backpack Like You Mean It by Jennifer Neves
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Jul 18, 12

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Read in July, 2012

I found this book by chance on Amazon as I was looking for some new travel stories to read and decided to check out the free sample on my Kindle. Within just a few minutes of starting, I was completely hooked! I had to buy it! So I did, and I feel that it was money quite well-spent. It was often very genuinely funny, with the author recounting tales of things that could only happen while on a highly unplanned trip around a handful of countries neither she nor her boyfriend could speak the languages of. Following their journey not only around SE Asia, but toward becoming very seasoned and experienced backpackers with the knowledge and know-how required to haggle down from the "tourist" prices was entertaining at worst, which says a lot for a first-time author.

It certainly was not a perfect book, but then, what is? There were a small handful of glaring grammar issues which pulled me out of the story she was telling, although I was always pulled back in within a couple of pages. I also periodically found myself wanting more detail, as sometimes it felt like she rushed right through parts of their trip right as I was really getting into it. Pacing issues aside, I would definitely recommend this for someone looking for an entertaining romp with two amusing travelers.
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Jennifer Neves Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your honest review.


Caity It was quite hilarious. I wasn't really sure what to expect initially, but by the time I was reading about Laos I was just like "Oh boy... what's next?"

I'm not yet convinced about the monkeys, though...


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