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Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard Publisher:
Delacorte Books for Young Readers Publication Date:
March 13, 2012 Pages:
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 to 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. – Goodreads
It’s very hard for me to express my awe and appreciation for Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. I studied abroad in London, I’ve been to Scotland and France, but I’ve only ever dreamed of backpacking like Bria did in Wanderlove. But after reading Wanderlove, and Kirsten Hubbard’s acknowledgements and bio – I’m going to make it a reality.
And in terms of Wanderlove itself – it really is fantastic, amazing, adventurous, moving, motivating, and so many other awesome adjectives.
Bria Sandoval is the teen we all know and relate to – messed up over that boy in high school, let down by her friends and family, unsure of where her future lies…but rather than just mope, she decides to go to Guatemala. And it ends up totally different than she was planning on, but it changed her life. And that’s how travel should be.
Even without reading her biography, Kirsten Hubbard’s passion for travel and adventure really comes through on every page. And even if you’ve never really had the desire to go somewhere new, I think Wanderlove is sure to inspire you because there’s so much of Kirsten Hubbard’s intimate connection with the countries she’s describing. I was just kind of in awe when I finished reading Wanderlove.
And there is certainly no instalove in Wanderlove. The relationship between Bria and Rowan is slow-going, but amazing and deep and they have such a connection. And Starling. Can I please read a whole book dedicated to Starling, Kirsten Hubbard? Starling had so much depth and character.
How have I not mentioned the drawings? Kirsten Hubbard actually included sketches she drew of the stuff that Bria was drawing and it added such an awesome element to Wanderlove. I would totally frame the sketches too – especially the one of Rowan! Loved this aspect of Wanderlove so much.
Overall, I just truly, utterly, 100% loved Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. The story was inspiring and passionate, the drawings added so much the story, and best of all, it is so evident that Kirsten Hubbard truly loved what she was writing. Now, pease excuse me while I grab my passport and a backpack.
I actually may have bought three copies of Wanderlove. I know, totally throws my book buying ban down the toilet. But I don’t care! It was worth it! (I’m still going along with it from here on out.) Anyway, so I’m giving a copy away!
1) US only – so sorry guys!
2) Must be 13 years or older, etc.
3) Winner has 48 hours to respond to my e-mail before I send another.