Sihpromatum: I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace is an enjoyable memoir. Sihpromatum is defined as a blessing that first appears to be a curse. After Savannah’s parents’ divorce, her mother announces her intention to take Savannah, her older sister Bree and her oldest brother Ammon on a yearlong journey around the world. Savannah is less than thrilled. Having to give almost everything away, including her beloved dog, Savannah is also upset about leaving her friends behind. Embarking from her home in Canada, Savannah’s journey begins in China. Having heard awful things about the country she finds herself pleasantly surprised. Ammon, who has already traveled extensively, has researched the history of the places that they plan to visit. As Savannah gains an appreciation for the people, especially those in rural areas, she also gains an education that could not be matched in a classroom.
Initially Savannah hopes that the journey will end earlier than expected, however, as they progress through China and on to Mongolia time seems to move faster and she gains a greater appreciation for the experience she is sharing with her family. Savannah is also greatly humbled by the people who live harsh lives with very little to help them survive. She gains a better understanding of why her mother needed to embark on this journey.
Vividly written in colorful detail, Savannah’s adventure is unparalleled by anything that could have been written in fiction. Sharing her emotions, along with her observations, the reader has an opportunity to watch Savannah mature and gain a great deal of depth to her character. It is also her journey of discovery from within. There are many lessons to be learned from Savannah’s adventure.