The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan
The Yellow Envelope is the true story of how Kim and her husband quit their jobs, sold all their possessions and travelled the world. Before they left, their friends gave them a yellow envelope of money to give away to those they encountered on their travels. The rules for the envelope were simple: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; and don’t feel pressured to give it all away. I was excited to receive an arc of this story because I thought it was a wonderful premise of paying it forward on a global level. Do not make the mistake that I did and go into this book thinking it will be similar to Eat, Pray, Love as far as the travel details go. I found the descriptions of the places that Kim and her husband explored to be fairly sparse. The predominant focus of the book is on Kim and her struggle to make up her mind about what she wants. I was surprised at how genuinely shocked she seemed when they could not speak or understand the language of the countries they were in. I had a similar reaction at their choices of lodging. I completely understand traveling on a budget, but when you sell literally everything you own to see the world, I just assumed that they would be staying in places that were not so rudimentary. Kim and her husband do give out yellow envelope money on a few occasions, but this too, seems overshadowed by the author’s internal struggles and dialogues in regards to her marriage and what she wants out of life. The book just wasn’t what I expected it to be, so it’s a 3 out of 5 star read for me. Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.