Book Review: Girl Gone Greek
Sometimes as a travel blogger you stumble upon books that you might not have known of it you weren’t surrounded by other travel bloggers and writers. Some of these travel writers have taken the plunge to write of their travels in the form of a book, some are on travel tips like Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian Style while others are memoirs on epic proportions like Savannah Grace’s Sihpromatum: I Grew My Boobs in China and others are snapshots of their travels and experiences with a new culture like Rebecca Hall‘s Girl Gone Greek.
Girl Gone Greek is about an English woman’s move to a rural Greek village to teach English for a term. Always a bit of a free spirit travelling the world, black sheep of the family in the eyes of her older sister and now in her 30’s is uncertain where to go from here. She takes a TEFL course and when pressed to decide on where to teach she opts for the sunshine and warmth of Greece. Little did she know she’d find sun, blue skies and so much more of what life is all about.
I instantly connected with Rachel for her wanderlust and lack of desire to live a conventional life and when she made the leap to head to Greece I was excited for her. Even the eclectic cast of characters are entertaining and seemed pulled straight out of a Greek sitcom, from the hard to crack boss, Mrs. Stella, to the chatty, exuberant friend, Kaliopi, who strangely steals your heart away and even the quaint unassuming village she calls home for a year.
Girl Gone Greek is all about discovering the Greek way of life, from strong muddy coffee to unabashed honesty and the differences in culture between Greece and England, her home, from drinking to patriotism. It’s also about finding where you truly belong.
If ever there was a book that will make you want to fly out to Greece immediately at the same time as inspire you to go and find your place in the world it is Girl Gone Greek.