This was the first time that I’ve ever been contacted directly by the writer of a book asking if I’d like to review it, but when Summer Land got in touch about her amusing memoirs “Summerlandish” I thought, why not? I am always looking for something new to read and it seemed like a fun one.
Summer Land is not famous so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from her memoirs, but being a fun-loving, eccentric person with a slightly usual upbringing they take the form of Lessons Learnt (the hard way) – from “Lessons Learnt as a Kid” all the way to adulthood and “Lessons Learnt While Backpacking Australia”. Her tongue-in-cheek advice comes from the countless hilarious/embarrassing/crazy things that she’s experienced in her 28 years. Just to give you a taster “Do: Make out with men with accents – especially Australian ones” and “Don’t: Stick a tampon in a dry vagina” are some of them, and the anecdotes that go with them are very entertaining! I actually really enjoyed reading about the life of someone completely different from me – extravagant and impulsive even from early childhood. Some of her stories made me chuckle as they reminded me of my own awkward teenage years, but others made me gasp in disbelief! And then there are the downright gruesome bits – this book is not for the fainthearted! If you don’t like anecdotes involving poo, this may not be for you! I thought it was a very easy book to read – I read it over a weekend – and it was good fun, so I think it would be a great holiday read.
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