Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 338 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Library
Reason: Conquering Mount 'To Be Read' Pile
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon | The BD
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.

“What you love the most is what you have to fight the hardest to keep.”       

Want the perfect summer read? Well then go out, and grab a copy of Wanderlove right now!

This one has been on my 'To Be Read' pile for ages. I was in the mood for something light and edgy. Something new. I got all of the above, plus more with Wanderlove.

Kirsten Hubbard's world building was picturesque. She takes you from your current position, and plunks you right down into the bustling streets of Central America. You can smell that street vendors, see the vibrant markets, and taste the food of the visited cities. This book will create a lot of envy. It will rise emotions out of you, and make you want to pack a backpack of your own and set off into this giant world.

Bria is such an amazing character. I found her very easy to relate to. She also came with an amazing attitude and hilarious personality. I laughed out loud at some of her socially awkward moments. And Rowen *fans herself* talk about Swoon Worthy! If I could marry any fictional character, Rowan would be at the top of my list!

Wanderlove packs so much more than a funny main character and swoon worthy guy. It has heart and soul. The characters were penned so perfectly; The surroundings so visually attractive. Most importantly, it takes you on a wondrous reading experience. Self discovery, love, friendship. You experience it all with Wanderlove. My only complaint is that I waited so long to read it!

Everything you could possible want in a book you can find in Wanderlove!

Oh! And when reading the book, take Bria's advice and do not look up Botfly Larvae. *Shudders* It will be a while before I recover for that!
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  1. This book definitely made me want to strap on a backpack and venture out into the world in a way that no other book ever has. I enjoyed the characters and loved the way that the author included Bria's sketches. This is a good summer pick. Great review!

  2. LOOOOOOOOOVE this book so much! I wish more people would read it :)

  3. Yep, definitely going on my TBR. This sounds soooo good!! :D

  4. I loved the writing for this so much-I felt very immersed in the world and could picture everything so clearly.


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