Review & Release Blitz ~ Girl off the Grid by Jillian Dodd and Kenzie Harp
**3.5, almost 4 Traveled Filled Stars**
We all know by now Jillian is one of my go to authors and I was excited to see a new book from her and her daughter Kenzie. This book is everything we would expect out of Jillian. I am not sure how the writing took place in this book but I can say the collaboration was flawless.
The best thing about this book was the message it sent to facing your fears no matter how inconsequential they may seem to others and living life to the fullest. Going on adventures you normally wouldn't. Talking to people who you would pass by on the street in your haste to get to your next, planned out destination. Taking chances. Both characters in this book went way out of their comfort zones and found that life isn't always bad when you do that. In fact, it might just be the adventure you need to add a little spark to your life and perhaps make you do a little soul digging into your own life.
The descriptions the authors were able to put in this book about Costa Rica make me want to plan a trip there. Makes me yearn for the simple life these people live but yet find such joy in. It makes me want to unplug like Camille had to for a few days and just remember the beauty that surrounds us every day if we just look hard enough. I also learned so many things from this book about conservation and the things needed to help our planet keep thriving and that was only in a very small part of the entire world. Jillian and Kenzie made me believe that little ole me could help just by doing small things.
I will say the only issue I had with this book was the believing the relationship between Camille and Adam was true love by the end. Why? Because for most of the book they were absolutely annoyed with each other and they were only together for a week. Jillian is the queen of writing tension and true love in my eyes and this one just fell a little short compared to her other books. I could have believed a real friendship, but love? Just not buying it. But maybe, just maybe we will get to see Camille and Adam on another adventure and they will change my mind.
Even with that little issue I had I would still highly recommend this book for a great summer read! It's full of fun adventures and the descriptions are so detailed you can't help but imagine you being in Costa Rica right along with all the characters. So go pick this one up! And by doing so you will also help donate to the Sea Turtle Conservatory so it's a win not only for you but for the environment!
The sound of a door closing wakes me up. I watch Adam come out of his cabana, walk down the steps, and into the sand. He’s shirtless, wearing just a pair of shorts with a towel thrown over one shoulder. I consider saying something, but don’t. I’m too tired to hold a conversation.
As I lie my head back on the hammock, I notice out of the corner of my eye that Adam has walked down to the water.
I wonder what he’s doing when all of a sudden he starts stripping off his shorts.
Oh, my gosh!
Before I can look away, his shorts hit the sand, revealing his naked backside. I need to get out of here. If he sees me he’ll think I was spying on him, or worse—checking him out. But somehow I get tangled up in the stupid hammock and flip myself right into the sand, landing with a thud.
He turns toward the noise, but thankfully it is dark, and I don’t think he can see me.
Actually, I know he can’t see me, because if he did, he’d totally come up here and give me crap.
I flatten myself into the sand and don’t move. Adam finally turns back toward the ocean and dives out into the water. While he’s swimming, I army crawl as quickly and quietly as possible back to my cabana. When I get to the stairs, I stand up which causes them to creak. Crap! I drop to the ground again, squatting low and hiding behind the porch rail. Then I stand fully, dart inside, and move to the window. I slide the little curtain out of the way and peek through.
I can barely make out Adam’s form floating lazily in the dark water. And I can’t help but think about how he’s out there naked.
I throw myself dramatically on the bed, realizing too late that I’m covered in sand. I go into the bathroom, take off my clothes, shake them out, and then put on my pajamas.
I brush the sand off my sheets and try to go to sleep, but I can’t. So I grab my video camera and do my video blog for today.
“It’s day two in Costa Rica. Today was truly amazing, and I wish all my Effortless Girls were here experiencing it alongside me. Actually, that’s a lie. Honestly, I’m really homesick.” A tear escapes my eye. “And I don’t mean to sound crazy, but I have no one here to talk to and all I can think about is calling home. I know, pretty pathetic, right? It’s just hard when you feel out of place. I wish Adam, my photographer, who is pretty nice when he’s not annoying, wasn’t such a pain. He thinks he knows everything about everything. Well, he sort of does. I mean, I spent a lot of time doing research for this trip but nothing compares to the real thing. And Adam, yes, that’s his name, like from the bible. And it kind of fits, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Get it? Adam and Eve, the apple?” I let out a maniacal laugh. “It’s quite possible I am a little delirious from lack of sleep. What I mean is that Adam’s dad is a world-renowned photographer, and Adam is following in his footsteps. He’s actually lived a pretty interesting life. Much different than me growing up on the Upper West Side of New York. His mom is an anthropologist and Adam has lived with indigenous people before, so he was actually a good fit for this trip.
“And speaking of the do-gooder, this morning when I jumped into the shower I was shocked to discover there was no hot water. Of course, Adam ran into my room when I screamed. Thank goodness I was able to mostly cover myself up with a towel that was barely bigger than a hand towel. And guess what he’s out doing right now? He’s swimming naked in the ocean! And that’s really why I can’t sleep. Who could sleep with that going on?” I hear the sound of Adam softly whistling a tune from outside. “Crap. I have to go! He’s back and I don’t want him to know I know he was out there! Bye!”