Secret Confessions of a Backpacker: My Adventure Down Under by L.K. Watts

Rating: 1 Star
Genre: Memoir
File size: 473 KB
Print Length: 165 pages

Secret Confessions of a Backpacker: My Adventure Down Under by L.K. Watts caught my eye for several reasons: the author promised to reveal “what being a backpacker is really like”; I always wanted to visit  Australia; and, most important, the tags associated with the product were alluring—adult fiction, graphic sex, explicit erotica. As a hiker, I laughed at the thought of backpacking all day and then having energy for the sexual explorations that this book promised. Intrigued, I quickly downloaded the ebook only to find that the story is not about a wilderness experience, not very descriptive of Australia nor its culture and environmental diversity,  and not very erotic. It is the story of L.K. Watts’ year in Australia on a work visa and reads like pages out of her diary. It is not scintillating, but factual.

This is the story of a nineteen-year-old woman’s wanting to escape her “ordinary” south-east England town to travel and  experience different opportunities. It is the story about her travels, life in hostels, and the work she contracted to support her stay. It is about her boyfriends, her sexual relationships, her occasional travel within country and to New Zealand. For someone wanting to escape boredom, J.K’s story  reflects a very tedious life Down Under.

The story reads like a personal journal. I was left wanting throughout the narrative. I wanted more descriptions of the various cities J.K.  visited, more interpersonal interactions with the people she describes, more sensuality; there is no erotica, no sensuousness, no appeal.  I wanted to be shocked by the secret confessions but wasn’t. In all, I was left disappointed.