I read the book, and then watched the movie. Before I say more about the book, I just want to say that the movie nearly bored me to death. The book was excellent.
I very much could relate to Liz's feelings prior to her deciding to travel, and I loved how she embraced the places she visited (even if at first reluctantly). But aside from that, she writes so well. She's funny and descriptive, and I absolutely felt like even the most miserable moments were meant to entertain. Everything from eating pizza to making love is written with such humility and passion.
I am recommending this book to any of my female friends who feel stuck in life.