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From the publisher :
Harper Rodrigues’ five-year plan was on track. She’d worked hard to secure her graduate marketing job, her boyfriend Adam was set to propose any day, and she was learning to process the death of her sister. She’d been through some dark times, but there was light at the end of the tunnel. At least, that’s how it had seemed until the day she was fired in the morning and dumped by nightfall. Now, with her life plans in ruins, Harper turns to her best friends who’ve been planning to go on the trip of a lifetime – five-months traveling across Asia and Oceania. Determined to see the silver lining in her unraveled plans, she decides to book a plane ticket to join them and resurrect her dreams of becoming a travel photographer. But Harper’s travels aren’t all sunshine and cocktails. With Adam begging for her forgiveness and proposing on the eve of her departure, Harper knows she must be on her best behavior. But when she meets Xavier, an enigmatic poet on the beaches of Goa, that may just be easier said than done. Runaways is the empowering and racy tale of one woman’s voyage of self-discovery. A must-read for fans of travelogues and romance alike.
I just have to say that I devoured this book. I mean, who in their life hasn’t just thought about packing up and heading out into the great unknown at least once?
Harper is a girl who is so easy to like. As she and her friends embark upon the trip of a lifetime, she comes to realize who she is, and what she wants to do. Sometimes it takes drastic circumstances for us to figure out what our priorities really are.
I believe that a lot of us take life too seriously – we need to be more childlike, and learn to laugh again. Laugh at jokes instead of being offended by them. See the good in people always. And to stop being so damn cynical. I believe that life will be so much more enjoyable if we loosen up a little bit. (Believe me, I’m talking to myself here the most!)
Harper realized her true dreams when she stopped trying to hold her death grip on her future. The truth is, none of us know what the future holds. We can plan all we want to, but at the end of the day we have not a whole lot of say in what is going to happen. I say, we all try to gain a little bit of Harper in our hearts and be more open to adventure.