The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. by Jennifer BaggettThe Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. by Jennifer Baggett

The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.

byJennifer Baggett

Paperback | April 26, 2011

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“Brave, funny, and deeply moving.”
— Cathy Alter, author of Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over

“Three cheers to The Lost Girls for showing us, with good humor and graceful prose, the beauty and importance of leading life astray.”
— Franz Wisner, New York Times Bestselling author of Honeymoon with My Brother

Three friends, each on the brink of a quarter-life crisis, make a pact to quit their high pressure New York City media jobs and leave behind their friends, boyfriends, and everything familiar to embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the world in The Lost Girls.

Jennifer Baggett serves as a project manager at the Food Network and is collaborating with Holly and Amanda on a second book. After holding editorial positions at Self and Woman's Day.Holly C. Corbett now works as a freelance writer and college professor.Amanda Pressner is a travel and lifestyle journalist who has contributed to such p...
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Title:The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.89 inPublished:April 26, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read I had troubles putting this one down. I thouroughly enjoyed reading about their adventure around the world and seeing the same adventure through 3 different eyes. this will definitely give you the travel bug.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It'll Give You a Travel Bug I enjoyed this book. I think it was perfect for anyone who has an itch to travel. I liked how they did a great job of creating a picturesque scene while incorporating their own life thoughts and lessons. Every time they were in a new location it made my desire to travel to that location grow so much more. I like how they included who wanted to go where and let each other accomplish what they wanted to in each location. I do think they could have included more details about themselves a bit more to really distinguish each characters differences and relationships. I also enjoyed how they included the dirty details whether it be about the arguments they had or the actions that may not be "mother approved". I think it made it extremely realistic as to what you may encounter if you were to go to those locations yourself. They told their story truthfully and I was extremely jealous of their trip for basically the entire time I was reading. I think this book is a must read for an millennial or newly graduated student with a desire to travel because it will spark your travel bug for sure!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it What you see is what you get - a story about three friends' journey around the world in order to bring meaning to their lives. If I wasn't yearning to travel before, I certainly am now. The book was really well written, involving all three of the girls' perspectives and experiences. It reminded me of how much fun I had writing a blog while travelling, and how rewarding it was to look back on it months later. There is no better keepsake than to recount your adventures and share them in writing, and these girls did just that.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It took me a bit to get into it I started this book two years ago and put it down because it wasn't inspiring me but I picked it back up this year as a quick read (I was already half way done) and have gotten into it. I find it honest and upbeat but really only find actual enjoyment as a good read in chapters about countries and cities I have been to. Hearing someone else's opinion of a city I've recently travelled too was cool, but other than that it's a skim worthy book.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't bother. I packed this as my only book on an international trip and regretted it - I was hoping for something more. It seemed superficial and I just couldn't relate to the people at all. It didn't inspire me in any way other than to find something (anything) else to read in a country with few English books.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Virtual Wanderlust Even if you hate this book, you'll love the story, the adventure, the places traveled and the friendship/
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh..... This book was "ok". I liked the idea and reading about the different places the girl went and things they did once there, but found the story dwelled too much on their broken love lives. Good on Jen, Holly and Amanda for being able to commit and follow through an adventure of a life time.....wish I had done something like that when I was younger.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright A bit slow in parts and took me a while to finish, but if you like to travel, you might enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Inspirational! I had to look for a specific kind of book for one of high school english classes and came upon this lovely book. At first, to be honest, I wasn't the most highly interested reader of this book, but as I continued to read it I started to fall in love! Quite the beautiful book with an amazing lesson learned by the end of such a good read.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from HORRIBLE This book is terrible I couldn't finish it. Money wasted. The story doesn't go anywhere and the writing is very inconsistent, going from jungle to boyfriend stories to mountains to boyfriend stories to villages to boyfriend stories. I have no idea how could anyone even get into this book.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from as wonderful as it sounds These girls are actually women in their 20s and what a group! The book uses a great technique by having each chapter told from the POV of a single woman and they rotate around. It's a fun read that way as we get a different perspective on things that keeps things as fresh as their travels were.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't Get Through It I love a good travel story and I totally appreciate/admire these girls for embarking on this journey, but I had to put the book down for good after about halfway through. I found that too much of the story was based on the characters lamenting about their broken relationships and the boyfriends they left behind. In the end the relationship drama took away from the travel story I was hoping for and I had to put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wanderlust! I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who has the travel bug. This book inspires wanderlust for sure, and as a light read I would even suggest taking it with you on your travels!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I found the book interesting and making me want to do a similar trip!
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect beach read Took this book for a light read on the beach in Mexico. Turned out to be very funny and inspiring. A great read, highly recommended
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Easy, Imaginative Read! I was attracted to this novel because while I'm stuck here, unable to travel, I wanted to somehow experience the different experiences and cultures around the world, and this novel gave me a small dose of that. It is an easy read, and definitely a page turner, and challenges you to think about what is important to you in life: Do you want more out of your life? Do you feel as though your life is empty? A good read, in my opinion, especially for something that isn't taxing on the mind.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your money on this book Chose this book for our book club and NOBODY liked it. It was over 500 pages of boring. Kept hoping something exciting would happen but didn't. It was a struggle to finish it for those who actually finished it. Way too confusing with the authors writing different chapters as well.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Girls Totally amazing book, I felt like I was traveling along with the girls. What an totally amazing experience. Thanks C
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Girls - Three Friends. Very good read. Recommended.
Date published: 2014-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Girls - Three Friends. This book, for me, was the perfect travel book. It had wonderful stories and great details about the places they went to. I would recommend it to anyone, not just travel lovers.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Girls - Three Friends. Great read. Kept me interested the whole way through. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Girls - Three Friends. As someone planning on a worldy trip, this book has been perfect in getting me excited and dreaming about my advenutres to come :) Loved every moment of it!!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Lost Girls An entertaining and informative journal with heartfelt personal admissions from all three women. The Lost Girls show what true friendship is all about. Take a lesson everyone!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lost girls Thank you ladies for taking me on your adventure every evening after a long day of work. Planning my next adventure now. Enjoyed immensely.
Date published: 2014-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book drew me in from the start. As someone who has travelled a bit, the common traveller experiences made an instant connection with me. I have to say that this book has opened my eyes a bit more to some things I had not thought of doing before and made me look a little closer at what I want to experience on my next adventure as I go out and see more of this amazing world.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Easy read Easy read with a few good sections. I found the writing to be a little juvenile in areas with attempts to get "deep" that didn't work. A good book to take with you to the beach, but not something that will make you think or blow your mind
Date published: 2012-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining & Easy Read Seemingly honest story of a few friends hitting the road in search of something unknown. Entertaining read and the writers give vivid descriptions of the places traveled. Not overly deep, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Date published: 2012-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a book review but rather an observation Why is it that the ebook is $11.99 and the online price for the actual book is $9.89? I had assumed an electronic copy is costs less to produce? *gave it a 3 star only b/c I could not post without giving it a rating - I have not read this book although I really want to!
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left me wanting more... In the genre of travel writing, this is one of my favourites!! It was like "Sex in the City" because the women are 30 year old career girls from NYC. Would be a great movie I think...
Date published: 2012-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! This book spoke to me on a personal level. As a woman who just turned 30 who was bitten by the travel bug many years ago, I have often wondered if I could pull off an around the world trip. I know I could but haven't summoned the courage and funds to actually do it. I cried, laughed and cursed at this book all the while loving every second of it. I passed it along to my best friend and travel partner in crime and she felt the same way we all do. Highly recommend this book to every aspiring and not yet aspiring young woman who longs to travel.
Date published: 2012-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lost girls This was an amazing book and should be read by every woman around the world!
Date published: 2012-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting Read! Story Description: With their thirtieth birthdays looming, Jen, Holly, and Amanda are feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones-score the big promotion, find a soul mate, have 2.2 kids. Instead, they make a pact to quit their jobs, leave behind everything familiar, and embark on a yearlong round-the-world search for inspiration and direction. Traveling 60,000 miles across four continents, Jen, Holly, and Amanda push themselves far outside their comfort zones to embrace every adventure. Ultimately, theirs is a story of true friendship-a bond forged by sharing beds and backpacks, enduring exotic illnesses, trekking across mountains, and standing by one another through heartaches, whirlwind romances, and everything in the world in between. My Review: Jen, Holly, and Amanda have decided to leave New York and take a 60,000 mile around-the-world journey that will take them across four continents and more than twelve countries. They’re calling themselves: “The Lost Girls”, a term which describes their uncertainty about the future and an emotional state they feel represents many in their generation. They committed to spending one year of their late 20’s to wander the globe. Jen was giving up her marketing coordinator job for a music television network and both Amanda and Holly were giving up their cutthroat magazine jobs. By the time they pack up to leave on their whirlwind tour, all the girls are turning 28-years-of-age. They make stops in Salvador, Brazil; Maasai Village, Oronkai, Kenya; Kiminini, Kenya (where they volunteered for a month to work for the ‘Common Ground Program’, a grassroots non-governmental organization that houses a primary school called: ‘Pathway Academy’ that serves hundreds of children, many who are orphans or have at least one parent dead or seriously ill); Lima, Peru where they hiked the 26 mile long Inca Trail which has an altitude of 14,000 feet; an Indian Ashram; and New Zealand to name a few. They make some great friends along the way and even meet someone who’s from New York! This was a most enjoyable read and during certain parts of their trip, I wish I had of been with them! This would make a great movie!!
Date published: 2011-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Literary travel at its best! I really enjoyed this true story about 3 girls at various stages of their lives in New York City, and their seemingly daunting task to take some time off work and plan a round-the-world trip. Not something that everyone can do, but when you read this book you will start to wonder if you might be able to do the same. Jennifer, Holly and Amanda generally stayed in backpackers' hostels and were able to enjoy all different aspects of each country while on somewhat of a budget. The way they wrote from each perspective about their travels through each continent was well-detailed. I almost felt as if I was along for the ride with them. They had some trials and tribulations along the way but found their way out gracefully and enjoyed the trip without letting their egos get in the way - not an easy task if you are travelling for a long period of time. Well done! I hope to see more of their stories in the future!
Date published: 2011-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! I was skeptical about this book from reading reviews on other sites, but after reading, i am so glad i decided to give it a chance! This story is a true story about 3 girls about to hit their 30's and they all feel lost. All living in the big bustling city of Manhattan,NY, each girl is in a steady job, either in a relationship or looking for one. Working long days and nights and feeling like their lives were doomed to stay the same forever they decided to leave everything they know behind them and set out together on a one year trip around the world. They travel through countries and across almost all the continents visiting places in South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. With many great memories and lots of great stories, we follow their lives through good and bad, the happy the sad, and through heartbreak and love. I am so glad i read this book, and it has inspired me to want to travel more!
Date published: 2011-07-14

Editorial Reviews

“Jennifer, Holly and Amanda have had the adventure of their lives.”