Book Review: Passport Diaries

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A few weeks ago, it occured to me that very soon, I'm going to be reading nothing but history books for the next few years. In a panic, I went searching for regular books to take advantage of while I still could. Luckily, Hastings was having an incredible book sale and I just went nuts. This could be the first of many reviews, as I have already read 4 of my 7 books. You've been warned.

So, I read this pretty cool book called Passport Diaries by Tamara Gregory. Here is the plot of the book:

  "When the good men are all gone, or turn out to be gay or just not good at all, what's a girl to do? LA district attorney Kia Carson - beautiful, brainy and very very single - has the answer. On the eve of her 35th birthday, with not a decent man in sight to help her celebrate - and a career that has suddenly sprung a major leak, the stylish sister hatches a plan with her best friends. A Girl's Night Out. To Europe. Her friends enthusiastically agree. Then bail. Undeterred and alone, Kia embarks on an extraordinary odyssey to London, Paris and Greece - where she finds a little bit of trouble, a whole lot of laughs and something she didn't realise she was looking for in the first place - herself.”

It was a really easy read and very entertaining. However, I felt that Gregory was lacking in descriptive details. She was taking us along on this journey with Kia to all of these beautiful and exotic places, yet, from reading the book I couldn't "transport" myself there mentally. I enjoy, when reading a book, when an author uses desciptive details in such a way that you can vividly imagine what the characters are seeing. I felt that this author sort of left me hanging on that. But then again, the lack of descriptive details made the book a lot shorter, and once again, a really easy read. One of my favorite parts of the book was being able to see life from the perspective of an affluent black female who comes from a pretty wealthy family, in a wealthy neighborhood, etc. yet see her struggles with race and how the environment she grew up in helped to create her perspecitve on race relations. It almost reminded me of the movie Something New with Sanaa Lathan.

Overall, I would give this book a 3 out of 5. Very entertaining, enjoyable read, definitely worth a look if you're looking for something that's not too complicated.  

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