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Backpacks and Bra Straps

(Sihpromatum #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  281 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Savannah Grace’s best selling, award winning saga of her family’s four-year-long backpacking adventure continues. "Backpacks and Bra Straps" picks up where "I Grew My Boobs in China" leaves off, offering insights into how family dynamics are affected by such intensive togetherness as well as a candid, intriguing look at world-wide travel and the camaraderie of the backpack ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Sihpromatum Publishing House (first published September 7th 2014)
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Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be a Beta Reader for the second book. Savannah makes you feel as if you are there with the family as she details her life journey that started at age 13. As they make the harrowing journey to the Russian border and finally after months of horrid conditions on trains they finally have clean beds when they change trains in Russia. They go to a beautiful lake and run into a Russian couple walking toward them and the girl is beautiful and naked(?)--Savannah's brother is having ...more
Jessica Lipowski
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, memoirs
Once again, and to no surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed Savannah’s second memoir. “Backpacks and Bra Straps,” the second book in the Sihpromatum series, shares honest, raw emotion, everything from inner angst to family conflict and breathless moments (literally) to laughing hysterically. Through her beautiful and descriptive words, the author takes you along for the ride. I could easily imagine the sights, sounds and smells along the way. She weaves in travel and historical facts, too.

I remember wh
Amber Leigh
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy when this book was released, I had been waiting quite awhile since the first one. This book was amazing and I couldn't put it down.

This book is quite different from the first as you can see how everyone in the group has grown so much in the months they have been traveling. It was one of the most honest travel memoirs I have ever read and I loved it.

I read the first book when I was living abroad and it was great to understand those first moments of travel and now I have read the
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this second volume of Savannah Grace's fantastic recount of her and her family's travels around the world, we get a much more personal and up-close view of the family dynamics and spirit amongst her group.

Whereas the first book primarily focused on young Savannah's emotions and experiences, this one gives us a broader range, and written from a more experienced and mature point of view the story flows even better yet is still ripe with Savannah's ever present charm and personality.

The humour
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
YES! After reading the first volume, I was thrilled to star this book, and it did not disappoint at all. Savannah Grace does a really nice job of writing about her feelings during the treks, and describing nicely the things she sees during her travels, and her reactions to them. It was also interesting to see the family having fights, and I will be honest, I think that she was justified in her feelings about her pets, and that her mother was unfair to treat her the way she did after Savannah unl ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sihpromatum: 'A blessing that initially appears to be a curse.'

Initially from Vancouver, Canada but now living (or settled for the moment) in The Netherlands, Savannah Grace now stands firmly in the literary arena with a book with a title that for many may seem as though it will be a rather silly piece of `chick lit.' Nothing could be further from the truth. Grace is only 23 years old and has the class and the style of a seasoned performer in the manner in which she treats a maximally dysfunctio
Rosie Amber
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Backpacks and Bra Straps is the second book following Savannah and her family as they spend a year Backpacking. They are a family group; Mum, older brother Ammon (a seasoned traveller), 18 year old Bree and 15 year old Savannah. They started their journey in China and the first book "I Grew My Boobs In China" tells of the way they adapted to the people and the cultures of the countries they began to travel through. Not on any big tourist trails, they have a small daily budget and travel on buses ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I suspected that I would enjoy this sequel more than the first and this proved correct. More reflective better written and more informative. Now, if I can just get my hands on #3.
Jessica Strider
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second volume in Savannah Grace’s rendition of what started as her family’s year long trip around the world. The book jumps right into the action as the family reaches Russia by train. There’s a bit of flashback information to get you up to speed, and readers who skipped the first book (dealing with China and Mongolia) will find chapter 5’s discussion of where they’ve been interesting. After Russia they stop briefly in Khazahkstan and Kyrgyzstan, then cross back into China and trough ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, travel
This is the 2nd book by this author about her travels with her family. You def should read them in order although there are lots of references to the first book in this one as well.

What really put me off in a big way from this book was the chapter about "Privacy". Some of those details were a bit too intimate for me, and since the narrator is 15 years old at the time the events take place I really feel they should not have been included in the book. After reading what I did not wish to read I im
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Memoirs from a Different Perspective

I read the first book in the series "I Grew My Boobs in China" and immediately bought "Backpacks and Bra Straps".
I've read so many travel memoirs, but what's really unique about about these books is that they're from the perspective of a teenage girl. I did a little bit of traveling myself around the ages of the author in the books, and it's a totally different experience at that age than now as an adult. It's interesting to read about her thoughts and e
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first book, I was very curious about the follow-up. I was not disappointed, as the journey of the travelling family continues with even more suspense and catching travel stories. The writing is even better, with dialogues and many geographical and historical details that might convince you in a couple of pages that it's about time to have your indefinite leave of absence while discovering the world. This volume covers mostly the travel through Russia and some former Russian Rep ...more
Claire Gibson
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I loved reading this as one of the chosen Beta Readers. Savannah is very good at keeping her readers informed, included and up to date. Cudos to you Savannah. I have enjoyed feeling like a part of your world, both inside the book and outside.

This continued very closely on the same vein as "I grew my boobs in China." If you enjoyed the first book as much as I did, you will enjoy the second, perhaps even more as you follow the family on more of their worldly adventures. It is worth every moment of
Sheila Higgins ghen
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book number 2 was such a great continuation of "Sihpromatum-I Grew My Boobs in China". You feel like you really know the family well and experience all the ups and downs along with them. Savannah is such an engaging and descriptive writer that she makes you feel like you are accompanying them on their journey with all the sights, sounds and smells of foreign countries. She is so honest with her first hand accounts of all the triumphs and setbacks of long term travel. It has all the exciting and ...more
Savannah's second book is as exciting and thrilling as her first. I love travel books and her style of writing is awesome. You feel like you are a part of her family as they traverse the world. What a wonderful family they must be and she doesn't shy away from writing about the arguments and emotions that rise up. I remember that when I finished her first book "I Grew My Boobs in China," that I couldn't wait till this one was published and already I am having the same thoughts on her next travel ...more
Kay Mcaloney
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 if that was possible! I really enjoyed the second book of the series and look forward to the 3rd book to see what the travelers have to teach us and share with us. To have such vivid descriptions in the book, Savannah must have some detailed journal! I thoroughly enjoy the descriptions of the transportation modes the family takes. I liked the first book a little bit better, but it might have been because of the places they travelled and the people they encountered. What an opportunity to tra ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As with I Grew My Boobs in China, Backpacks and Bra Straps is an amazing read. Savannah has a knack for bringing the reader right into the action and making us feel like we were there. The arrival of Stephanie was not only great for Bree's sweet tooth, but also served to show just how much Savannah's perspectives had changed in the first five months of their adventure!

I can't wait for Rusty Tracks and Booby Traps!
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, non-fiction, asia
This is a fun memoir continuing the story of one family's incredible journey around the world. Besides the travel adventures, this book is also about family dynamics - and how being constantly together can create tension, even in a tight knit group. All of the family members begin to crack at the complete lack of privacy; but in the end they all come together over shared hardship.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story! I loved every minute of it. I have always enjoyed reading true stories of people traveling and this is by far the best one yet! Savannah takes you along and writes in such a way you feel as though you are right there experiencing it too.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved I Grew My Boobs, and I adored this second installment of Savannah's account of trekking the globe with her family just as much. I actually had tears in my eyes while reading about their watching the sun peek out from behind Everest. I can not wait to read the next book! ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
It was OK. The first book kept me more interested.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book and reading about the family's adventures. Can't believe they did all what they did. Looking forward to the next one ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
It’s hard to believe that this book was written by a 15 year old girl as she has such wonderful powers of description. She is travelling with her mother, brother and sister through Asia, Tibet and Nepal where they make a trek to see the sunrise over Everest. The whole thing is astounding. It’s a very honest account of the family dynamics and about the squabbles and arguments that happen in most families but which seem more intense among them as they are literally living together and frequently s ...more
Richard Croner
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having just read a book regarding K2 I found the final segment on Savannah and her family's experiences on climbing to the base camp on Everest particularly interesting. I have traveled extensively but not to area's covered in this book and found her well written descriptions enticing and elicited a personal desire to see the described areas myself. The family and their interactions added an additional dimension to the book: at times funny but always true to life. It is a good book and I really ...more
Robert Johnson
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best author of memoirs yet. Can't believe she is only - uh, as old as she is or was when scribbling. In addition to a good read, it was enjoyable to hear that normal families were handling normal family problems, in normal ways, all the while having educational fun at it.
Though usually I don't have the capacity to appreciate poetry, her poems (if they were poems) seemed goodly adequate. I think.
Again, the best author yet.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it and cant wait for part 3 to come out
Once up on a time, the teenaged Savannah Grace found herself traveling the world with her mother and siblings, carrying their worldly goods in backpacks, and occasionally annoying big brother by leaving bras (and bra straps) lying around. Sihpromatum is a true story, and truly absorbing. Backpacks and Bra Straps is its second part, but don’t worry – you can pick it up and read straight away without needing to read part one. There again, why not read part one as well, and be equally enthralled an ...more
In this second book of this families four years of travel, they takes us to Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, through Western China and Tibet, where they finally, get to watch the sun rise over Mount Everest in Nepal.
Her first book was, called Sihpromatum __ I grew my Boobs in China, and was a fun beginning to this epic adventure, giving us a glance into how it came about and taking us through China and Mongolia.
Savannah is a very talented young writer, who can draw us in and make us feel as if w
Pat Ellis
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wondered if this sequel to Sihpromatum: I grew my Boobs in China would once again be able to transport me to the far-away places visited by the Author her Mum, Brother & Sister and retain my interest - it certainly did & I was not disappointed. Savannah Grace at 14 is 'thrust' into a 'trip' that's she's not looking forward to at all... Sihpromatum: Backpacks and Bra Straps is the 2nd instalment of the journey 3-4 months in that the Author's Mum has taken 3 of her children on. This Memoir takes ...more
Mar 28, 2016 added it
This is the 2nd book of the series, and I wish I'd started w the first one.
However, Backpacks and Bra Straps can be read as a stand-alone book. You gain enough insight into the family dynamics to realize that a messy divorce has taken place, and Mom has hauled her 15-yo daughter (the author) out of school to backpack as long as they can make their money last - which turns out to be 4 years. Also along for the ride are an older brother and sister (and briefly a friend of the middle child). The br
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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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Sihpromatum (3 books)
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