Review: Getting Rooted in New Zealand by Jamie Baywood


Title: Getting Rooted in New Zealand

Author: Jamie Baywood

Release Date/Publisher: April 21st 2013 by Createspace

Finished: November 26th 2013

Pages: 224-eBook-given for review


Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.

What I thought:

I hardly ever read this kind of book, but when I talked to the author through email the idea of this interested me and I had to give it a try. I think this is actually my first time reviewing a non-fiction book on here too.

The main character is the author herself, and this chronicles her journey to try and find herself in New Zealand. I loved the idea of just going for it when she was given the opportunity. I don’t think I would be able to do that. She had some pretty funny moments in this book too. Some of the other people she meets are pretty random, and a few weird. Like the mime guy, Bob. He was just crazy and creepy. She eventually meets grant and they become a couple, which I thought was cute. He seems like a gentleman too.

This book was in a diary format which I’m not used to but I still gave it my best. I adapted to it easily after a while and since there’s no chapters you can pretty much stop almost anywhere you want. The sections jump fast from one to another, sometimes paragraphs being one whole thought then switching. I would have liked a little more separation, maybe a line or something between thoughts/stories, but I also don’t know what the paperback version looks like so it may be in there. A few times I would have liked a little more of an explanation or sections expanded, especially her interactions with Grant.

I had a lot of fun with this book and reading about all the things she experienced. It’s fast paced but not too complex that you can’t enjoy it and relax at the same time. Like I mentioned, I haven’t read or reviewed memoirs before so I can’t compare, but I recommend this for those who just want to get out there and do something!

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Jamie Baywood grew up in Petaluma, California. In 2010, she made the most impulsive decision of her life by moving to New Zealand. Getting Rooted in New Zealand is her first book about her experiences living there. Jamie is now married and living happily ever after in the United Kingdom. She is working on her second book.