Book Review My Journey to the Ocean

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MyJourneyToTheOcean-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700Title: My Journey to the Ocean

Author: Lena Mikado

Genre: Romance / Chicklit

Rating: B+

This novel is a memoir. Memoir gone chick lit (a bit twisted, perhaps at times too philosophical chick lit), yet still a memoir. It is a story about coming out of age, about what is happening on one’s mind when they are falling out of love and about trying to live in the present moment. All wrapped up in the sugar cone of that elusive humor of our everyday lives.

Elena knows what she wants from life. Her whole picture-perfect existence is planned out and allows for no deviation. She is engaged to be married and intends to be happy. Along with three of her girlfriends, she takes a summer trip across the ocean, to St. Simons Island, Georgia, United States. Pool parties, vodka watermelons and the eternal question – to shag or not to shag. Her whole world is about to be rock-n-rolled, and she will have to face a pretty hard choice. It all sounds like a setup for a summer-fling novel, but is it really like that in actuality, or does Miss Real Life have something more conniving under her sleeve? Are there happy endings in real life?

Elena has planned out her entire existence. Engaged to the love of her life, she knows exactly what she wants, and what to expect. But then she makes a summer trip to St. Simons Island, with three of her girlfriends. She’s introduced to a whole new world, filled with parties, alcohol and lots of handsome men. Like your typical chicklit, the book is filled with adventures that make you laugh out loud, uncomfortable moments turned funny and some goofy best friends.

At its core, however, it’s also about self-discovery. The writing is fluent, and you instantly feel part of the story. The book flows fast, and I finished it in no-time. Recommended for chicklit fans.

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