Many thanks to the hundreds of book reviewers with a 4.6 average from:
“Sihpromatum: I Grew My Boobs in China” by Savannah Grace is an enjoyable memoir. Vividly written in colorful detail, Savannah’s adventure is unparalleled by anything that could have been written in fiction. Sharing her emotions, along with her observations, the reader has an opportunity to watch Savannah mature and gain a great deal of depth to her character. It is also her journey of discovery from within. There are many lessons to be learned from Savannah’s adventure. ” – Reader Views
“The packaging is polished and professional. The cover design really drew my attention. I have to say that the subtitle of this book is one of my favorite titles I’ve ever encountered! You have a most interesting story to tell. Good job focusing on action and dialogue. You supply a great deal of specific details that make the locations and characters come to life. Good attention paid to grammar and proofreading throughout the book.” – Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
“Her ability to reconstruct situations and take the reader along for the ride, to feel the tension, to smell the bus ride and to hear the market bustle is a talent that she’s brought to life with the first, of what I hope, are many expansions on that little dog-eared book she took everywhere with her.
Congratulations on producing your first masterpiece…now hurry up with the next one (and be kind about Colonel Mustard and his driver)”- Ben Southall winner of Best Job in the World
“Both inner and outer journeys are enthralling” – Sheila Deeth
“OMG – Funny, Enjoyable and Simply a Delight to Read” – Gerry Bock
“THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I would rate it more than 5 stars if I could :)”-Anfal Khaliq
5.0 out of 5 stars I refuse to believe this was a “first book”, June 11, 2013
By Bob Tobias “Robert Tobias” (Arlington, VA USA)
(VINE VOICE) (TOP 10 REVIEWER) (#1 Hall OF FAME REVIEWER) (REAL NAME)
I have opportunities to “read for review” a number of first books. For various reasons I only accept one if something catches my interest. I forget what it was in this case and I am very glad it did.
Given the author’s age, experience, and subject matter this book is surprisingly well written and interesting. Ms. Grace does an artistic job using first person narrative to paint very similar mental pictures in varied ways that both held my image and made me feel like I was sharing her experiences.
There are no car chases, shootouts, or repelling down the side of (very tall) buildings. There is a lot of riding on crowded buses and staying in sketchy hostels with her much older brother, slightly older sister, and ageless mother. However, even though I ‘m a chasing, shootouting, and repelling kind of guy (I’m not sure that came out right) I still kept turning the pages to find out what happed next.
Now there are two more things I’m looking forward to; Volume 2 and the movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sihpromatum: ‘A blessing that initially appears to be a curse.’, May 6, 2013
By Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States)
(TOP 50 REVIEWER) (VINE VOICE) (HALL OF FAME REVIEWER) (REAL NAME)
Savannah Grace steps into the literary arena with a book with a title that for many may seem as though it will be a rather silly piece of `chick lit.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. Grace is only 22 years old and has the class and the style of a seasoned performer in the manner in which she treats a maximally dysfunctional family story into one of the most tender and warm and wise (and hilarious), for the lack a better term, memoirs that absorbs all the angst of family dissolution post divorce, unfathomable adventure on an aimless backpacking trip through Asia and Mongolia that our author turns into a positive experience.
The language of the book reveals an informative and fascinating report about her family’s spontaneous year-long expedition across China, Mongolia and Russia. After her parents divorce, Savannah’s carefree life with her friends, favorite dog, and normal family abruptly changed when her mother announced that Savannah and her two older siblings, Breanna and Ammon, were to leave school and home for a year of travel across Asia. We are not spared the 14-year-old Savannah’s devastation to leave friends and also her worries about missing a year of school, yet despite Savannah’s many begrudging, whiny pleas to her mother, they were off to an unknown world – and to an experience that would change Savannah’s worldview forever.
What happens during this extended journey into Asia and adulthood is an honest, rich accounting of encountering unique and endearing personalities, places, realizations, and an exploration of the world and life we all will envy. It is refreshing to discover a new writer who at this young age has gained an emotional maturity and a polished writing style that makes the reader hopeful that indeed there will be subsequent volumes (this book is subtitled Volume I). This is a terrific book to enjoy on your own and then share with young people around you to give that ray of light to illuminate the possibilities of turning a potential curse into a blessing.