Book: Wanderlove

WanderloveWanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Publish Date: March 13, 2012
ISBN: 0385739370
ISBN-13: 9780385739375
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult, Contemporary
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Synopsis:  Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. 

So when Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspoken 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 through Mayan villages and remote Belizean islands, they discover they’re both seeking to leave behind the old versions of themselves. The secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward. But Bria realizes she can’t run forever. At some point, you have to look back.

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Once in a while I will read a book that changes my perception of life. For me, one of those books is Kristen Hubbard’s Wanderlove. Wanderlove is about a journey to Guatemala, experiencing the hidden treasures that nature has to offer. Not only is it thought-provoking, but it also challenged me to think outside of my comfort zone. Hubbard allowed me to journey through the pages while rediscovering my soul.

Bria Sandoval embarks on a journey to escape her life. At the young age of 18, she joins Global Vagabonds to tour through South America. Life offers Bria second option by introducing her to Starling and Rowan, backpacking without guides and schedules. Bria was easy to relate to, bringing me back to that age of uncertainty and fear. With a broken heart and without a direction for life, Bria opens her mind and soul to what life has to offer.

The beautiful thing about Wanderlove is that Hubbard offers more than just a story. Hubbard offers sketches to emotionally stimulate the mind and imagination. Wanderlove was visually appealing in all ways possible! It was so easy to feel the deep emotions and sentiments that Hubbard intended for the reader. With the beautiful sketches to accompany her words? It was literary magic.

I read Wanderlove so quickly. It was paced really well and Hubbard’s style of writing made it easy to get lost in the story. Hubbard must have first-hand experience in backpacking because I felt like I was a part of the journey! The characters were full of life and well-developed. I didn’t crave more information, because Hubbard included everything. I was lost in the romance, and melted at the friendships created.

Wanderlove is a journey that will change your life, as much as it changed Bria’s. I highly suggest you read Kristen Hubbard’s Wanderlove today.

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