AUTHOR: Kristen Hubbard
RATING: 4 STARS (3.5 STARS)
PUBLISHED: March 2012 - Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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"It all begins with a stupid question: Are you a Global Vagabond? No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path. Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward. But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back. Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry into this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story."
**I received Wanderlove through NetGalley for an honest review**
Wanderlove is a fabulous coming of age story for people who enjoy novels about travel, self-discovery and romance.
This novel highlights Kristen Hubbard’s eloquent writing style and her mesmerizing illustrations. Her drawings help readers develop a stronger connection with the story and the characters, mainly Bria.
Wanderlove reveals the fears and joys of traveling through Bria’s journey. Some of her fears where pretty funny, others were very understandable. I strongly recommend this novel to readers who dream about traveling (that’s me!!) and enjoy traveling (me again!). Wanderlove is also an excellent pick for fans of road trip novels (me AGAIN!).
This story is a romance, but more importantly it’s a novel about growing up, putting yourself out there, letting people in, trusting people with your secrets, leaving your past behind, and moving on.
This novel develops at a realistic pace. The friendships, relationships, and bonds all felt authentic because they happen gradually and naturally.
I gave Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard 4 STARS (3.5 STARS). READ IT. It's a little slow at times, but it's a stunning story worth reading. It’s the perfect pick for older young adults, especially juniors in high school and up.