What do you do when you fall in love with a cute foreign boy and he asks you to do the one thing that terrifies you the most?
In Torre DeRoche’s case, this meant sailing across the Pacific Ocean from America to Australia in an old sailboat. The problem, you see, is that Torre has a deep-rooted fear of the ocean and the things that lurk below the surface. Her options were to let that boy sail off into oblivion –and never see him again; or put on her big-girl-pants, face her fears and have an incredible adventure. This is Torre’s true story, all documented in Love With a Chance of Drowning: A Memoir – which follows her incredible adventure of facing her fears and crossing the Pacific Ocean via a string of gorgeous, untouched tropical islands.
Torre DeRoche is best known around the travel blogging community for her blog, Fearful Adventurer, and she’s now broken into the literary world with Love With a Chance of Drowning. In her memoir, the reader experiences Torre’s personal growth as she goes from working holiday-maker in America to navigating the Pacific Ocean with her one-night-stand-turned-boyfriend, Ivan, in an old sailboat named Amazing Grace.
The 352 pages seemed to just fly by as I devoured each carefully- almost poetically- written word. Torre’s storytelling abilities transport readers to the exact tropical locales that the two young lovers happened upon during their journey. In Love With a Chance of Drowning readers do not merely read the words describing Torre’s fears of the ocean, they feel every moment of a knotted stomach, every hopeless instant where throwing in the towel seems like the best choice, and yet the beautifully-written memoir encourages readers to continue on.
Ultimately readers will put this book down understanding that in life, sometimes there are risks that are worth taking no matter how scary they may seem. This book was easily the best read I’ve had in a very long time – congratulations to Torre for getting Love With a Chance of Drowning published and a huge ‘thank you’ to her for sharing her honest and exhilarating adventure with the world.