Mousetrapped by Catherine Ryan Howard

Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida

* Picture from Amazon*

Format read: Ebook

Genre: Memoir

Rating: 8 out of 10

Plot: Catherine Howard is a twenty-something from Ireland who decides on a whim to apply for a job working in the hotel industry in the United States.  She gets matched with a hotel located on Disney World property, but not actually owned by Disney.  At first, she’s overwhelmed by her experience, but once she begins meeting people (and getting her own car), she begins to enjoy her experience more.

Opinion: First I will say the title is a little misleading.  I thought this was a book about someone who worked in the actual parks, but she works instead at a hotel that isn’t even owned by Disney.  There are bits and pieces about Disney World, but not an insider’s perspective at all.  Despite this, I thought it was a pretty good book overall.  I thought the author was humorous and she avoided the pitfall that so many travel memoirs fall into in that the author just complain about their entire trip.  One thing that I found a little boring was the author’s obsession with the Kennedy Space Center, which she spent as much time writing about as she did Disney World, but other than that, it was a good, quick read.

Next book: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline


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