In her debut memoir, Lusic recounts her adventures in life and love while living and working at a Florida hostel.
After going through failed relationships and earning a college degree, 40-something Lusic was unmoored and unsure where to take her life next. Looking for warm weather, she headed to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she decided to stay in an affordable hostel while searching for work in the hospitality industry. Her choice of lodging would change her life in many ways. Rooming with women young enough to be her daughters, Luanne flourishes, relaxing by the sea, making friends with the hostel’s international population, and slowly taking on maintenance and cleaning jobs at the hostel. The situation is ideal, except for the fact that she falls for Elliot, a deeply religious man from Belize who is already in a relationship with another woman. Lusic and Elliott grow closer, going to church and having lunch together, but Luanne’s desire to date Elliot romantically bothers her. She focuses on her own busy life while working things out with Elliott. The author portrays the hostel’s world as rich and exciting, with a colorful cast of active characters; she opens readers’ eyes to a world that most people never see. Though the memoir’s writing style, particularly its dialogue, can be flat at times, she packs the story with detail; indeed, she provides information about nearly every person in the hostel—even if they only appear once in the story. That said, Lusic’s story is consistently inspiring, as she carves her own path through life and never gives up. “Life is about experiences,” she writes. “That is my philosophy of life and I have conducted the latter part of my adult life accordingly….My life experiences have shaped me, molded me, and made me into the person I am today; the material things have come and gone.” It’s a philosophy she ably illustrates throughout the book.
An engaging memoir about a proactive woman’s search for happiness.