26 February 2012

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

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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.


WanderloveWanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

God, my thoughts are all over the place. I feel like no matter what I write, I can't express how much I loved this book.Wanderlove was really good. Scratch that, it was excellent. It's the kind of book that keeps you glued till you finish it.

This may be irrelevant but a couple of months ago, I was looking for some pretty screen savers for my phone when I came across a beautiful pencil sketch of a girl leaping with a bunch of butterflies on her trail. I loved it so much that I immediately saved it as my screensaver for a long time. For some reason, when I came across the same picture in Wanderlove, it was a lovely surprise. Knowing that Hubbard drew it just made me like her and the book all the more.

Bria Sandoval has just graduated from high school and after her boyfriend breaks up with her, she decides to skip art school and take off on a trip to Guatemala with a tour group but things don't work out the way she planned. I don't know if it's Hubbard's writing or the plot itself but I found the book addictive. Hubbard's nailed Bria's emotion, they go perfect with her character - she's smart, witty and extremely talented. I could really relate to her thirst for an adventure. It's a phase most teenagers go through at some point of their lives I guess. I have to hand it to Hubbard for writing a book so compelling that at the end of it I felt like packing up my things and taking off.

Wanderlove was an amazing adventure! Although I was only reading about the places, I could picture everything and feel all the things that Bria did. It was wonderful to watch her grow into a stronger person over the span of her trip. I loved that the book didn't jump straight into the romance, we got more than enough time and words to get to know the characters - Bria, Rowan and Starling - and get attached to them. The writing style and the scenery were absolutely amazing! The illustrations were an additional (awesome) creative touch to the book.

This is one of the best YA contemporary books I've ever read and my new favorite! I strongly recommend it to not just teenagers but everyone who loves an adventure. I guarantee that you won't be able to put it down.

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  1. I felt the exact same way! This book spoke to me in ways I can't even explain. I loved it, and all those amazing drawings. So glad you loved it too! Great review. :) And I love the backpackers image!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  2. Thanks for the great review! I am waiting for this book from the library and I thought it sounded like a total winner! Now I am even more excited.

  3. Great review! Especially that picture over there! :)
    I also really like this book and I can agree illustrations! wow just amazing!!

  4. So glad to hear your praise about Wanderlove! I just picked it up at the library and it is #3 on my list. After your review, I may just have to move it up a couple of slots! Thanks for your great review. Much appreciated.


  5. I've heard so many good things about this book--I can't wait to get it! It seems absolutely perfect.


  6. Great review! I love the cover of this book and am glad to read that you liked it so much! I love books about travelling and this sounds like a perfect summer read with the travel and romance! Thanks for the info!