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.