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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
When I first picked up Lovelorn and Rudderless: Meanderings, Volume 1 by author David Green, I expected to find a typical travelogue, the stories of a young man’s adventures through Asia and Australia. What I found was much more. In the author’s own words, “the account of the rudderless trajectory of a lovelorn idiot trying not to go home,” this book certainly has information about Mr. Green’s travels, but in such an interesting and engaging style that it almost reads as a fictional novel. After falling head over heels in love with his friend’s sister, Cerys, shortly after arriving in Australia, he experiences Australian life, both the mundane and the unusual. From a near-death experience at the hands of a crazy driver to picking fruit with a bunch of meth-heads to realizing that his romance is perhaps ill-fated, his stories will keep you intrigued and reading until the end.
I very much enjoyed David Green’s Lovelorn and Rudderless. It had enough descriptors of the people and locations in Australia to keep the travel-bug in me satisfied, but was much more than a simple travel journal or guide. Mr. Green’s writing style is fun, even laugh-out-loud funny at times, and he has a skill at including just enough detail so you know what’s going on, without giving so much that you get bored with the content. This book would appeal to any reader who enjoys travelogues, information about Asia and Australia, or just a rip-roaring great yarn. I understand that a second volume of this series will be released, and I, for one, can’t wait to get my hands on it!