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The Lost Girls: The Book — By on October 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm

The Lost Girls: About The Book

Jen, Holly and Amanda are at a crossroads. They’re feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones-scoring big promotions, finding a soul mate, having 2.2 kids- before they reach their early thirties. When personal challenges force them to reevaluate their lives, the decide it’s now or never to do something daring. Unable to gain perspective in fast-paced Manhattan, the three twentysomethings quit their coveted media jobs and leave behind their friends, boyfriends, and everything familiar to travel the globe. Dubbing themselves the Lost Girls, they embark on an epic yearlong search for inspiration and direction.

As they journey 60,000 miles across four continents and more than a dozen countries, Jen, Holly and Amanda step far outside of their comfort zones embracing every adventure and experience the world has to offer-shooting blowguns with Yagua elders in the Amazon, learning capoeira on the beaches of Brazil, volunteering with preteen girls at a school in rural Kenya, hiking with Hmong villagers in Vietnam and driving through Australia in a psychedelic camper van. Along the way, the Lost Girls find not only themselves but also a lifelong friendship. Ultimately, theirs is a story of true sisterhood-a bond forged by sharing beds and backpacks, enduring exotic illnesses, fending off aggressive street vendors, trekking across rivers and over mountains, and standing by one another through heartaches, whirlwind romances, and everything in the world in between.

This candid and compelling memoir will speak to anyone who has ever felt the desire to spread her wings and discover the world with her best friends b her side. They are happy to share their journey with you through the pages of their book.

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The Lost Girls Book Club Discussion Questions

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1.Did you find the format of the book—each Lost Girl taking her turn telling the story—to be interesting or confusing? Were you able to tell which narrator was speaking without referencing the guide at the bottom of the page?

2. At one point during the trip, Jen, Holly and Amanda have a disagreement over their travel style—staying in more economical hostel dorms versus more private rooms. If you had $2,000 to spend on a trip, would you rather stay on the road for a month in low budget accommodations, one week in at a luxurious hotel or somewhere in between? Why?

3. Considering the current state of the economy, would you be willing to leave your job for two weeks or more to travel? Would you be worried that your job might not be waiting for you when you return?

4. Which of the three main characters in the book did you most identify with, and why?

5. Do you think that the Lost Girls made any mistakes in the way that they traveled? What were they? How might you do things differently if you had the chance to travel for so long?

6. Jen, Holly and Amanda all split up and traveled solo for a period of time (Amanda did this after Australia). Do you think that you’d enjoy traveling alone? Why or why not? Who would be your best travel partner, and why?

7. If you could choose any country or region to visit, which one would it be?

8. Jen always wanted to volunteer in Kenya, Holly wanted to study yoga and meditation at an Ashram, and Amanda wanted to practice Spanish in Latin America. If you could live out your real-life bucket list (the thing you absolutely have to see or do in life) name three things that would be on it.

9. What did you learn from The Lost Girls book?

10. Other than traveling, what kind of activities do you do to find your passions and live a more connect life?

11. After reading the book, are there any places that the LG’s traveled to that peaked your interest now that wouldn’t have before? What changed your mind?

12. Throughout the Lost Girls Amanda, Holly and Jen tried new experiences like bungee jumping in Australia, tubing down a river in Laos and meditation in India. Do you think people are more open to new experiences when they travel? And why?

13. Throughout the novel the girls maintain a balanced friendship that grows stronger with each destination. When searching for the ideal travel partner what is important to consider?


In 2006, The Lost Girls–Amanda Pressner, Jennifer Baggett and Holly Corbett–left their jobs, loved ones, apartments and everything familiar behind in New York City to embark on a year-long search for adventure and inspiration. Journeying across four continents and more than a dozen countries, they shared their experiences with other aspiring vagabonds on their website,  Shortly after completing their 60,000 mile lap around the globe, The Lost Girls signed on with HarperCollins to turn their tales into a travel memoir–The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the Globe–which hit shelves in May 2010. Currently, all three Lost Girls reside in New York (Holly commutes from Upstate), where between working on their second book and turning their website into an online travel magazine, they still find the time to take trips as a trio.

Do you have questions about The Lost Girls for your book club? Please contact Emily Bowers.