REVIEW: Imagine, A Vagabond Story

I should start out by saying that I did not get this book for free. A lot of bloggers got it in the mail so they could review it early, but I bought it on Amazon and read it so I could give my readers an accurate interpretation of the book.

Grant Lingel was a super senior from Buffalo, New York who found out he still needed a few more classes. He said “screw it” and bought a one-way ticket to Mexico. Lingel worked at resorts, hostels, nightclubs and met people of every nationality. His nomadic adventure is definitely admirable and even enviable.  I have always loved Mexico (especially Mexican food), so his book was of interest before I even bought it.

I was, however, turned off by the sex aspect. I’m not a prude, but it seemed like it was new city, new girl, drug induced sex on the beach, repeat. I lost count of the amount of girls he slept with by the end of the book. I can’t imagine reading about my private acts with someone in print, especially when real names were used. It seemed a little sleazy to me.

He seems to have done a lot of drugs while there, but that’s just not the way I travel. Sure, I have a couple of drinks, but I want to remember what I see there. The book reads a lot like a story your friend tells you about an adventure. I did, however, admire the fact that he just picked up and left and figured things out as he went. I wish I could figure out how to find jobs on the road that are only short term. The fact that he got this book published so fast was also impressive.

About Caroline

Caroline Eubanks is the founder of Caroline in the City. She's a freelance writer based in Atlanta, Georgia but also considers Charleston and Sydney home. Her past writing credits include work for Uptake, Matador, the Charleston City Paper and she is a contributor to Her Packing List.

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2 Responses to REVIEW: Imagine, A Vagabond Story

  1. Heather Cowper February 18, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Caroline – I must admit that I also found all the sex a bit offputting and I certainly wouldn’t have been very happy to be one of those girls that he kissed and said goodbye to and then found my name in print, although I’m not sure if the names were changed.

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