Friday, September 2, 2011

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard Review

Name: Wanderlove
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 13th, 2012
335 pages

This book is an ARC received from netgalley!

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.

My Review:
Wow what a great read!! This book truly was inspiring and made me want to go on an adventure just like Bria.

At first, I did not really like the main character Bria. But as the novel went on, I saw myself rooting for her as she goes across Central America. I really liked seeing her grow as a character during her journey.

I also really liked the plot of this novel! I have never read any books about backpacking so it was really cool as a reader to learn about it with Bria.

Overall, highly recommend this book! It was a really great read!

My Rating: Five out of Five Stars


  1. I have this book (from netgalley) as well. I'm soo glad you liked it! I'm really looking forward to reading it. :)

  2. You're right -- this does sound like a unique plot idea, with the backpacking across Central America. I love books that take place in exotic places! Can't wait to read this one =D


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