Points of Departure by Emily O’Beirne

A breath of fresh air, that’s what this book was to me. Points of Departure by Emily O’Beirne captures the spirit of friendship and adventure in the most charming manner possible. This is the story of five young women who are bonded by an epic adventure to see the world post-high school graduation.

The book starts off as the five ladies get ready to take this grand adventure to Europe and Thailand. The bad news is that Kit, the organizer and touchstone of the group is going to have to bail. Kit’s partying ways have cost her. She must spend her trip money on the neighbor’s statue that was destroyed after wild, but not epic party. This is where apprehension sets in with the four reaming girls, Tam, Liza, Olivia and Mai.

Tam, Kit’s cousin, is a cherry farmer’s daughter from Tasmania. She has spent her life in a small secluded town. Set to attend culinary school, Tami s using this vacation to study the world’s cuisine. The last year has been especially rough for Tam and her family. Her father was diagnosed with cancer and has only recently begun feeling like his old self again. Tam is impatiently waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Oliva, Kit’s best friend, is the daughter of one of Australia’s most favorite authors. Olivia has spent her life in her workaholic mother’s shadow. She has had her sight on being a successful lawyer forever the only problem is she is pretty sure she’s destroyed that chance after flubbing her final exams.

Liza, Kit’s other BFF, is a runner. Not just any old runner either, she is amazingly fast and amazingly talented on the track. She has spent most of her childhood and teen years traveling the country racing the 800M dash. Recently Liza has come to the conclusion that she may be done with racing, she doesn’t have the competitive streak or desire to run to win as a college athlete.

Mai, well she’s just Mai. Super intelligent, obsessed with social media and just wants a big party and lots of hookups before college begins. A classmate who is in the same social circle as Oliva and Kit and the one character that we do not read the perspective of.

Points of Departure is brimming with liveliness and strength. The book effortlessly hops between the friends as they deal with life, failures, success and love. There is a romance too. It’s quite good and quite touching but I’ll let you figure out who that cute couple might be.

I was given this book by Ylva in return for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Points of Departure
by Emily O’Beirne
Link: https://amzn.com/3955336980

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