CHARACTERS ↠ Wild Life Æ Keena Roberts split her adolescence between the wilds of an island camp in Botswana and the even treacherous halls of an elite Philadelphia private school In Africa she slept in a tent cooked over a campfire and lived each day alongside the baboon colony her parents were studying She could wield a spear as easily as a pencil and itD from the bush was cowed by the far treacherous landscape of the preppy private school social hierarchyMost girls Keena's age didn't spend their days changing truck tires baking their own bread or running from elephants as they tried to do their schoolwork They also didn't carve bird whistles from palm nuts or nearly knock themselves unconscious trying to make homemade palm wine But Keena's parents were famous primatologists who shuttled her and her sister between Philadelphia and B. I’ve never been so in love with a memoir Roberts brought me to the Okavango Delta and her family’s research baboon camp and I felt as if I were actually there With vivid descriptions and harrowing real life tales I am SHOCKED by that boat she captained at 10 years old her storytelling snagged me by the mouth and reeled me in This is one of my favorite reads this year

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Otswana every six months Dreamer reader and adventurer she was always far comfortable avoiding lions and hippopotamuses than she was dealing with spoiled middle school field hockey playersIn Keena's funny tender memoir Wild Life Africa bleeds into America and vice versa each culture amplifying the other By turns heartbreaking and hilarious Wild Life is ultimately the story of a daring but sensitive young girl desperately trying to figure out if there's any place where she truly fits. This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in BooksI really enjoyed this book If you follow my reviews you probably already know that my taste in books is pretty eclectic While I am willing to read anything that sounds interesting I don't read a lot of memoirs because they rarely appeal to me I have zero desire to read about celebrities which eliminates a lot of memoirs A story about a normal person doing extraordinary things is exactly the kind of thing I can get into so I went with my gut and gave this book a try and I am so glad that I did Once I started reading this book I didn't want to stop and ended up reading the whole book in a single day Keena's childhood was uite uniue Her parents studied animals in their own environment and took the whole family with them She spent the first few years of her life in Kenya but most of her childhood was split between Botswana and Philadelphia While in Baboon Camp in Botswana Keena and her family lived in tents and had to watch out for lions elephants and buffalo While in school she had to deal with kids who liked being mean to anyone who was a little different From her descriptions I would have preferred life with the lions over going to high school as she didI loved getting to know Keena through her stories There were times that I worried about her and feared that she would get hurt I sympathized with her when she struggled to fit in at school I was a little jealous of her when she described the days that she would spend the day in a tree reading while at camp I was amazed by her ability to think clearly in highly stressful situations The descriptions in the book are very well done and I felt like I had a good idea of what life was like at camp I loved that there were a few photos scattered throughout the book to help illustrate some of the things discussed in the bookI would recommend this book to others I found this book to be very entertaining and I feel like I learned a few things in the process I wouldn't hesitate to read from Keena Roberts in the future I received a review copy of this book from Grand Central PublishingInitial ThoughtsI really enjoyed this book I don't read a lot of memoirs but when I do decide to pick one up it is usually about a normal person doing extraordinary things instead of anything dealing with a celebrity I couldn't imagine growing up like Keena did before reading this book I understood her love of nature and animals while struggling to fit in during her times in the United States I thought that she did a fantastic job of letting the reader see what both aspects of her life were like I was worried about her safety at times and her emotional welfare at others I am so glad that I decided to give this one a try

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Wild LifeKeena Roberts split her adolescence between the wilds of an island camp in Botswana and the even treacherous halls of an elite Philadelphia private school In Africa she slept in a tent cooked over a campfire and lived each day alongside the baboon colony her parents were studying She could wield a spear as easily as a pencil and it wasn't unusual to be chased by lions or elephants on any given day But for the months of the year when her family lived in the United States this brave ki. Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestThe movie Mean Girls opens up with Cady Heron returning to normal high school life after spending the last 12 years in Africa with her zoologist parents Applying the same observational skills she acuired in Africa Cady uickly observes that people like animals tend to stay in their own groups and exhibit hierarchical displays of social dominance and aggression I always thought that was a really cool hook but it seemed unrealistic until I picked up WILD LIFE and realized that Keena is literally CadyKeena grew up in Kenya and Zimbabwe with her primatologist parents spending the majority of her time in a baboon camp While camping in Africa she learned many survival skills such as how to treat severe dehydration and survive in temperatures reaching 130 degrees; how to react in a leopard or lion attack; how to shoot the head of a snake and wield a spear; and some unconventional first aid techniues such as the use of a stun gun to neutralize snake venomTo keep their grants though her parents had to continually return back to the United States to teach and so by proxy did Keena and her younger sister Lucy In her private school in Philadelphia Keena uickly learned that most of the kids didn't care about anything she picked up in Africa regarding her as a freak and calling her names; the very things that made her uniue and a survivalist made her unliked and ostracized from her peers especially since her interests animals and fantasy books didn't really sync up with the trends in pop cultureI picked up this book partially because the premise sounded like a real life Mean Girls and it was that but also so much I love travel memoirs especially if the author is really skilled at imparting the details of their journey and WILD LIFE is an especially cinematographic memoir I really felt like I was in the veldts of Botswana having real life encounters with lions and baboons and hippos oh my When she described the 130 degree heatwave that made all of their euipment melt I felt a little dizzy myself She's an incredible narrator and during every step of this memoir I felt like I was really seeing everything through her eyes It was incredibleOne of the flaws of memoirs is that if you don't like the person writing the book when you're rating a book you kind of have to rate the person The corollary to that is if you like the person writing the book you feel like you've made a new best friend Keena Roberts is so cool and I saw so much of myself in her a tomboyish awkward book nerd with unconventional and obsessive interests and a love of facts and animals I took it personally when she was bullied by her peers because I had a similar experience in middle school and high school and seeing her get stung by rejection but stay true to herself despite everything made me really wish that I could have been her friend in schoolWILD LIFE is such a fantastic memoir and it's completely different from other travel memoirs that I've read Her knowledge and passion and genuine love of reading and the written word make this such a pleasure to read and I think anyone who feels like they don't fit in will relate to Keena Roberts' own personal Mean Girls adventure complete with bonus scenes set in Africa Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review   45 stars