Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Book Review: Getting Rooted in New Zealand by Jamie Baywood

Title: Getting Rooted in New Zealand
Author: Jamie Baywood
Publication: April 21, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Rating: 4/5
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SYNOPSIS: Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.

REVIEW: Getting Rooted in New Zealand i is refreshingly funny and unbelievably true. Baywood's memoir recounts her land after heading there for adventure and to heal a broken heart. 


Baywood's experiences are quite off the wall and humorous. From living situation to machete wielding perverted mime co-workers, Jamie tells it all.

Although Rooted in New Zealand leaves the reader in stitches, you can't help but to feel for Jamie and wonder what you would do if you were in her shoes..

Even with bosses that need anger management, a cubicle of koalas, and  co-workers wearing their dead dog's collar and eating their dead bird's sunflower seeds, Jamie handles herself better than most would in the same situation.

I did have to give this a 4/5 bottles because although it's a good and comical read, it seems to skip around a lot and you never really know when things are happening. Some parts seem to go day to day while others skip months and you never know what is really happening. I did really enjoy the book though.

Although a good, funny read I will NOT be traveling to New Zealand anytime soon!

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