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One of my life's passions is to travel and I'm not doing nearly enough of it at the moment, so instead I live out my travel yearnings by reading about the adventures of others, and with this book I got plenty of those travel adventures!
Sihpromatum - I Grew my Boobs in China by Savannah Grace grabbed my attention as soon as I laid eyes on the book description, don't be put off by the title of the book, it's an attention grabber I suppose. The book itself has lots of substance, and is the riveting story of a family who leave behind everything they've ever known, to travel the world with a very low budget for initially a year, but with a view to possibly keep traveling beyond that.
The word sihpromatum means "a blessing that initially appears to be a curse" and that's how this whole journey seems at the outset to the young author. Savannah, is only 14 and the youngest member of the traveling family, who put this book together from her journal and family blog that they posted to while on their adventure. This book, volume 1, takes the family from Hong Kong to China and onto Mongolia and initially reads as a whiny teenage journal, although who can blame her; Savannah is torn away from her friends, her dog, her home, her schooling and everything she's familiar with. She's whisked away to foreign lands and to not knowing where she will end up sleeping each night and were much of the living conditions are quite frankly eewww, and by the way, there are lots of descriptions of those unsanitary conditions, those with a delicate stomach beware!
I loved this book, it was well written with brilliantly vivid descriptions of the sights, sounds (and smells) of mysterious far away places. China is on my bucket list, so I was enthralled. As a Mom of three, I was amazed at the Mom in this story and her sense of adventure and her lack of worry about taking her children into the most crazy but ultimately mind broadening situations. I have to admire her for that honestly, even though her kids were older, an adult and two teenagers, I'm still not sure I would be brave enough to do what she did but kudos to her and her spirit of adventure!
The story stops rather abruptly, nothing like keeping us readers hanging on, I hope that volume 2 is out soon, I can't wait to read more.
Read more about this amazing family at their family website