Katrina Lynden has always walked a straight line in life, an approach that has resulted in a stable career and pleased her hard-nosed parents but that has also left her feeling unfulfilled and miserable. When her best friend suggests they quit their Silicon Valley jobs and embark on two months of adventure in New York City, Katrina balks at the idea but ultimately agrees, terrified yet proud of herself for finally doing something interesting with her life. But when her friend has to back out at the last minute, Katrina finds herself with a tough decision to make. Much to her surprise, she summons the courage to go alone, and the resulting journey is transformative, both emotionally and physically. Along the way she makes new friends, loses others, learns what is really important to her, and finds a way to grow up without leaving herself behind.
This was my second read by Maria Murnane and I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the first book I read of hers.
Katrina is a late-twenties something living in California and working as an accountant at an ad agency. She lives her life exactly as her parents tell her, and she has little to no adventure in her life. Her best friend, Deb, had convinced her to quit her job and the two of them plan to take a long vacation in New York. Problem is, Deb flakes on her. Katrina nervously goes through with the New York plan and her adventures in the big city make this a great book.
I loved watching Kat (as her NYC friends call her) as her life transforms in such a short time. Everything from her daily routine, to her friends, to the chances she is willing to take in relationships - it all comes together to make her the person she never knew she wanted to be. She takes on adventures that seem so uncharacteristic for her, but they end up being the best thing that ever happened to her.
I always thought (in my younger days) that it would be so much fun to just take off and explore a new city on my own. I guess that part of me is what really drew me into this book and kept me wanting to read more of Kats adventures. She proves that adventure can be real, and it can be a good thing for anyone.
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