12/30/12

Wanderlove

Author: Kristen Hubbard 
Pages: 338 
Publisher: Delacorte
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.



My Summary: Bria thought her life was over when Toby - her boyfriend of two years - decided to end their relationship. Heartbroken and devastated, Bria doesn't see the point in attending art school without him and neglects to mail in her forms. 

Bria thinks the best way to get over Toby is to get away for a few weeks, so when her friends shoot down her Europe idea, Bria decides Central America would be a lovely alternative. She books herself a flight with a tour group, not realizing she's stuck herself with middle-aged tourists that don't even possess an ounce of adventure. 

A few days into her by-the-book tour, Bria's rescued by  a brother and sister backpacker duo who know Central America like the back of their hands. But can she ever escape from her past? Is she willing to forget it, or will she let it affect her future? 

My Thoughts: A couple of days ago I asked my Goodreads friends for book recommendations, and boy did you guys deliver! The minute I picked this one up I knew I was hooked. Bria was a great main character, as well as Starling and Rowan. I loved the dynamic of their relationships, as well as how they each develop as the story progresses.

This book ignited my sense of adventure. I've always had the travel bug, but after reading Wanderlove I'm itching to get away (and backpacking feels like a great way to go). Europe, anyone? 

The inclusion of the drawings really added that extra touch. I loved getting to see the world through Bria's eyes. Kristen Hubbard has a way with imagery - I could see the islands Bria was describing, feel the smells and the colours...  and I'm not the most imaginative of people.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves edgy contemporary literature, as well as anything to do with romance and travel. Fans of 13 Little Blue Envelopes will love it!

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