Published by Jeffrey Eng on December 10, 2019
Genres: Adventure, Coming of Age, Friendship Fiction
Format: Hard Cover, Kindle, Paperback
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Never Go Full Pai by Jeffrey Eng
For fans of books like On the Road, Dharma Bums, and The Sun Also Rises, and inspired by travel writers such a Jack Kerouac, Paulo Coelho, and Paul Theroux, escape into a story that has plenty of heart and much to say about following one’s dream and the power of connection and friendship.
All night parties. Quick love affairs. Wild and carefree adventures. Perfectly filtered Instagram posts. A break from reality for most, but not everyone has a perfect life to return to when stepping off the road.
In Never Go Full Pai, immerse yourself in the world of backpacking and hostels. Join two young travelers on the backpacker circuit as they explore art, love, and develop an unlikely friendship during their adventures through Europe and Southeast Asia.
Follow Charlie, a young man unsure of his future – a limiting disability he knows all too well and a talent he doesn’t believe in. And Ace, a backpacker legend haunted by his past – someone who only knows how to do one thing when people get too close…run…and keep running.
An authentic, emotionally-impactful novel, Jeffrey Eng’s Never Go Full Pai follows two backpackers’ journey as they form a friendship and travel to parts of Asia.
Charlie arrives in the bustling city of Saigon where he meets Ace, a flamboyant backpacker with experience in travel. Being Charlie’s first time in the city and this being his first backpacking experience, he looks up to Ace who knows all the rules and understands how to make the most out of the backpacking lifestyle. On the surface, Ace’s life is enviable. With no attachments, no responsibilities and a life full of fun and partying, he seems to be living the dream. As Charlie grows to know the real Ace, the mask shrouding Ace’s real identity begins to fall and Charlie starts to see the darker side of the man he has admired all along. Self-conscious of a disability he acquired years earlier and still in pain from his father’s death, Charlie also tries to deal with his own past experiences while hoping to form a plan for his future.
Never Go Full Pai offers a realistic view of the lives of backpackers. Both Ace and Charlie have events in their past that they are still healing from. Despite traveling appearing as the ultimate experience, in addition, challenges still occur and the memories from the places they left behind are fresh in their minds. In the book, the activities taking place in Saigon come to life as vivid images of the cuisine, the traffic, the people and the places they visit are painted through the detailed descriptions. The novel also parallels the main characters’ past with their present lives, slowly revealing their real selves. The supporting characters are also well-developed. They show the ever-shifting life of backpacking in which one cannot afford to get too attached to the people encountered.
A coming of age novel about friendship and travel, Never Go Full Pai by Jeffrey Eng is a heartfelt story that stands out for its realism and evocative descriptions. Highly recommended by Chick Lit Café. Book reviewed by Edith Emunah for Chick Lit Cafe Book Reviews.
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