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

Paperback | April 26, 2011

byJennifer Baggett

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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.

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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 wit...

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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.Traveli...

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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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 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 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 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

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