Ethan Willis is a confused 18-year-old who struggles with the depth and uncertainty of life. It's been six months since Charlotte, his free-spirited sister, disappeared in Cambodia. In a last desperate attempt to find her, he sets off to follow her trail around Southeast Asia. Ethan idolizes his sister for her spontaneity and individualism, but finds himself unprepared for the colour and complexity that greet him on his journey. Thrown into this heady world of backpacking and clashing cultures, Ethan is confronted with the fact that Charlotte is not the only one who is lost.
With only a battered journal and some new acquaintances to guide him, Ethan is taken on a meandering passage through the countryside of Cambodia, into the remotest parts of Laos, and finally to the party islands of Thailand. As this expedition unfolds, Ethan must also look inward to address unresolved questions about his past and the world around him, not only searching for Charlotte herself, but for an understanding of why she left. Ethan will stop at nothing to look for Charlotte, but is he truly ready to find her?
Publisher: Vulpine Press
Publication Date: August 18, 2022
"A captivating and erudite read, The Journal is a singular mystery adventure which engages on an intellectual and emotional level. Highly recommended"
Breakaway Reviewers, ★★★★★
"I loved this book! It was beautifully written, deep and meaningful and totally engaging."
Chill With A Book Readers' Award Winner, ★★★★★
"A mosaic of aphorisms and exotic sights and sounds ... a philosophical mystery that exposes life’s hidden beauties and corruption."
Foreword Reviews, ★★★★★
"The Journal is a compelling read with memorable characters, a great setting, and a gripping plot"
Readers' Favorite, ★★★★★
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R.D. Stevens grew up in Kent, England and, after studying for his Philosophy degree, escaped and travelled the world for two years. He worked in the charity sector briefly before training as a teacher and completing his MA. He currently works at a school in London and loves to write fiction, read books, and talk about existentialism. 'The Journal' is his award-winning debut novel.
Tags: YA, Contemporary