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The Bamboo Confessions: 08/19/08

Lauren Weisberger's story "The Bamboo Confessions" follows Kate as she takes a backpacking tour of Vietnam. It's a story of impulse, adventure and unlikely friendships.

Kate goes on the trip without her boyfriend and without the blessing of most of her friends and family (including her boyfriend). She is repeatedly warned that she won't last because she "doesn't like to be alone."

Unlike some of the previous heroines in this book, Kate actually adapts and grows during her trip. She complains less as the trip continues, makes friends and grows as a person.

As a former exchange student, I enjoyed traveling along with Kate and the others. I giggled when they rebelled against their leader, Claire. I nodded at the disconnect Kate feels when calling home and hearing the life she has left behind going on without her as she compares it to what she's experiencing in a town that only gets mail once a week.


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Comment #1: Wednesday, August, 20, 2008 at 05:46:48


You read all these books listed on your site? Wow! That is really amazing. The last book I read was Harry Potter 7, and that was last year. I guess you have your own library at home. And you are online since 1997... way back when the internet was not yet as "open to all" as it is now."

Comment #2: Wednesday, August, 20, 2008 at 10:05:24


Yes. I've read all the books listed on my site and others that I haven't reviewed (but I haven't read Harry Potter books 5 - 7). There are about 2000 books in my home. I set up my site back in the summer of 1997 but it was very different than it is now."

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