Getting Rooted in New Zealand book description:
Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.
Jamie Baywood grew up in Petaluma, California. In 2010, she made the most impulsive decision of her life by moving to New Zealand. Getting Rooted in New Zealand is her first book about her experiences living there. Jamie is now married and living happily ever after in the United Kingdom. She is working on her second book.
“Getting Rooted In New Zealand is a diary of a California girl’s introduction to a completely different life experience in a new country and never has the phrase `stranger in a strange land’ been more relevant than in reading her intriguing and often insightful diary entries! Her observations about both culture and language are a wonderful mix of observation about one person’s reaction to the differences that make up the wonderful human race and the minutiae of daily living. I’ll be looking forward to seeing if Jamie produces another book about her experiences of coming to live in the UK.” (4 out of 5 stars) Linda Parkinson-Hardman (Amazon Customer Reviews)
“I’ve got this book and finished read it all so quickly, because I couldn’t stop reading it. it’s just so hilarious!! I can’t wait to read her next book. I highly recommend to read this book for everybody. I absolutely loved it!!” (5 out of 5 stars) S Halls (Amazon Customer Reviews)
“This book is perfect for travel-reading! It’s light, in small sections (as a diary), totally hilarious and also quite amazing. So many crazy experiences Jamie Baywood had in one year, some wonderful and some truly horrific, all taken together adds up to fruitful reading indeed. This book is like a rough diamond – I look forward to reading future novels as Jamie becomes more and more polished through life’s experiences” (5 out of 5 stars) Anna H(Amazon Customer Reviews)
“Giggle Worthy… It is difficult to write so openly about your life as you have and I found myself keenly reading to see what happened next. All your adventures with those crazy people sounded so dreadful, but provided such amusement in the way you have represented them. You make no real judgment on any person and I can tell that while you respect them as humans, you don’t put up with bad behaviour, so that’s an inspiration in itself” (4 out of 5 stars.) O. Dale (Amazon Customer Reviews)
“As a New Zealander, I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, and a lot of the things about NZ are definitely true…. I live overseas, so I can understand that no one outside of New Zealand really gets our slang and sometimes our accent, so that part really spoke to me! However, at the same time it doesn’t paint a true picture of New Zealand, given that the author worked in terrible jobs, had visa restrictions, didn’t have a lot of money, and stayed in run-down housing. Auckland, while being the largest city, isn’t necessarily representative of NZ. Overall, I’d recommend this book” (4 out of 5 stars.) Mark (Amazon Customer Reviews)
“Honest Humour… A great read! Honestly and effortlessly humorous. I giggled lots and really felt for Jamie at her times of struggle. Thank You for sharing so openly your experiences, obstacles and breakthroughs” (5 out of 5 stars.) Sparkles (Amazon Customer Reviews)
“Really enjoyed this book, I have to say. It was funny, quirky, even weird in places, but always entertaining. Having lived in New Zealand myself, I can definitely relate to some of Jamie’s experiences as a foreigner. Love NZ and love this book – highly recommended!” (5 out of 5 stars.) Polak (Amazon Customer Reviews).
“Fantastic, hilarious & Inspiring, I absolutely loved it. It is funny & absolutely honest. Very inspiring as it really draws reader’s attention to read more and more. I can’t wait now for her 2nd novel to come out. A movie should be made on “Getting Rooted in New Zealand”. Definitely will be a super hit “(5 out of 5 stars.) A-dreamer (Amazon Customer Reviews)
“Must Read Book – Hilarious! A real page turner – like reading a very funny / interesting friend’s secret diary.Also a fascinating insight into life in New Zealand as seen through the eyes of a traveller. Jamie Baywood is the thinking man’s Bridget Jones—with an edge. Would make a hilarious movie – but until that comes out the book is a must” (5 out of 5 stars.) J. Hamilton (Amazon Customer Reviews)
“Getting Rooted in New Zealand is wonderful chain of events unfolding in the most unusual way leading to the most perfect new beginning… Loved it” (5 out of 5 stars.) Ruchi Vasisht (Amazon Customer Reviews)
“Just finished your book Jamie, superb read!!!! Had me laughing on every page!!! Looking forward to the next one!” Natalie
“Just finished reading the book. I loved all the hilarious characters in the office. Now I know where all the money goes that we pay Auckland Council. Ahhh !!! So many funny stories and lots of laughs, and most importantly it has warmth and humanity as you write from a Buddhist perspective. Look forward to reading book number two !” Greggo x
I am new to NZ from the states and I am loving the book – I’m also a mum, so it’s the perfect light read after a long day with my toddler. Many good laughs and feeling the sisterhood as the real NZ (versus my fantasy NZ) manifests itself…! Almost finished. Thank you for writing this…it’s so unassuming and funny and real. I will look for your second book. (Marika Pickett)