By: Jane Tara
Genre: YF - Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories
Published by: Redback Publishing
Published: 1 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781925860443


Sometimes you need to get lost to find yourself.
- 5 friends
- 8 countries
- 1 amazing adventure
An exciting new series about friendship, travel and love.

Elite swimmer Dina McNamara’s dreams of Olympic Gold have been derailed. 

Her gifted sister Mae has graduated high school at just 16 and has planned an around-the-world trip with her three best friends. Their parents agree to let Mae go, but only if 18-year-old Dina goes too. Resentful and broken, but with nothing better to do with her life, Dina boards the plane first stop Tokyo. 

Two weeks in the worlds most amazing mega-city completely turns Dina’s life upside-down. There are new friendships, unexpected opportunities and a surprising romance. For the first time ever Dina begins to figure out what she wants both in and out of the water.

But Tokyo is only the first stop on an unforgettable world trip and as their departure date draws near Dina must decide whether she can leave Japan and this exciting new life behind.


A look at the life of a teenager adapting to a whole new world when her dream of being an Olympic swimmer is suddenly taken away.

Eighteen-year-old Dina is sent to chaperone her younger sister and her friends on a planned overseas holiday - first stop Tokyo.

In the outset, this chaperone thing is not something she is relishing, especially at the same time as she is suffering the loss of her identity as an elite athlete. However, things quickly take a turn for the better, both with love, friendship and even an exciting job opportunity.

When she is given the all clear to return to swimming, Dina has some huge life-changing decisions to make.

I found this very easy to read. It is the first book in a series, that is based around travel, love and friendship making it an ideal read for teenagers (mostly appealing to girls) 14 years and older.

Reviewed by Rob