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Retro Reading: Love Boats by Jeraldine Saunders
Originally when I read this book, I swear I was in Mr. Lusty's science class learning something. I think I would have rather been reading than learning about science.
I'm pretty sure I read the book following the original Love Boat movie and at the time I think everyone wanted to be a cruise director in those days (myself included but at that age, my career goals seemed to change every half an hour).
Since the copy I just finished reading has been "updated" I wasn't sure what type of book I was reading. Was it an autobiography, travel guide, shopping guide, astrological guide? One thing's for sure. It's a mix of everything.
I was hoping to be reminded of those carefree days of long ago but for some reason I could not keep my mind on this. If I remember correctly, when the book was first published there were many more steamy tales between the covers, but in this "updated" version (1998) Jeraldine Saunders is all over the place.
She takes us back to how she bluffed her way into the job of cruise hostess and basically learned everything while on the job. I don't think she could get away with that in today's workplace, but the tales she does tell are somewhat interesting. Sometimes they're a paragraph or two and sometimes you'll be scratching your head and wonder what just happened.
Another problem with this book, was it acted as a travel guide.
When updating a book, I think it's best not to include restaurants, shops, etc., because they may not be around before publication. I found this to be odd that the editors would keep information like this included in the book. But, I'm not a book editor so I'll let it slide.
Picking up a copy of the book isn't worth it and my best advice would be to find re-runs of The Love Boat. At least you can take a cruise without leaving your home.