If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back. Kirsten Hubbard wrote a unique and fun story set in a never before seen location, and managed to pull off a compelling story at the same time. 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. But I was captured from page one. As someone who has traveled to many of the places depicted I'm no backpacker but I have been on a broken down bus in Belize it was a pleasure to revisit them through Hubbard's prose. They are young backpackers who love to travel from place to place and they tugged Bria along with them.
Even the cover of this book is hard to resist and the novel itself has the same breezy feel to it. Books like Wanderlove are the reason I started reading young adult in the first place. No book stores I visited ever had it and back then I had never ordered books online. I was very much impressed with the writing, it's strong and intelligent. Read Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. We may have even crossed paths in Central America.
Even as I could see where many of the character arcs were headed, I was alongside them, hanging out to get there. It would be remiss of me not to mention the artwork drawn by the author that appears throughout Wanderlove. Not only is it original in its journey to Central America, but the passion of the author and her own obvious experiences bleed through every page, making this a journey you cannot forget. This is the type of book I want to give to a teenager. This book definitely, one hundred percent accomplished that. Wanderlove is a gorgeous novel that had me captivated from the very first page and I couldn't handle the thought of setting it down! Out with the old and in with the new. That never happened with Wanderlove.
Not only do I feel more wiser, more spontaneous, and more in love with this story than when I first began this review, I also feel a strange sense of cathartic release. The way the smell of turpentine made me feel simultaneously sick and excited. The only content we will consider removing is spam, slanderous attacks on other members, or extremely offensive content eg. Her clothes are described in detail, and she embodies the Backpacker Chic that Bria is so envious of possessing herself. Author Kirsten Hubbard and I could have some conversations. Their romance was decently slow-paced, just the way I like it.
From the unforgettable characters to the lushly described scenery to the whimsical and detailed drawings by the author herself, no less Wanderlove is or will be, in March a hit. Bria Sandoval wanted to be a global vagabond, especially after her senior year in high school spun out of control and left her lost. If you love traveling or have ever been interested in traveling, you need this book. Although it's on my list anyway! I want to go there. And while we're talking about dumb thing, I need to get this off my chest - a lot of times when I read about these teens going off in other countries alone, I cringe.
Bria is someone who is so easy to relate to. This review also appears on my. They were better together than they were apart. Am I making any sense? Why can't I be passionate about useful things? Throughout most of the novel he retains his philosophy of Wanderlove, which basically entailed running from your past. So when she meets a bunch of backpackers that invite her along she figures out that this may be the only chance Wanderlove starts the story off with Bria, who has been told by her best friends that it's really not a good time for her to travel while her ex-boyfriend told her that she's just not the type to go out and do it.
All who would have seen us dead are dead. I loved all the sketches in the book. The dialogue is at times humorous but also heartfelt. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. More reviews and more at.
And I felt myself getting Contemporary is not a genre I usually read. My brain interpreted the cover and synopsis as a fun, sun-baked coming of age story and I foresaw exotic locales and a frothy romance. Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. I want to unravel the book without knowing anything about it. It was just conversation after conversation about random crap that I didn't care about. Did that even make sense? This book is so inspirational and I have no doubt that you will love it. Bria Sandoval is eighteen, and uncertain where to head in life.
Only when she gets to Guatemala she realizes that she's on the wrong tour and doesn't want to be so restricted. Starling is an amazing friend and I wish I met someone like her, she's so outgoing and crazy! Although I would never backpack. In short, everyone should read it. I just wanted to pluck them out of the book and smash their faces together causing them to smooch like I used to do with Barbie and Ken. But the brochure she read was wrong and she ended up being with a group of tourists that followed a too-rigid schedule for her to actually find time to rediscover herself. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard was one of those books.
Besides simply flavouring my reading experience with a hint of nostalgia though, I felt connected with the story. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton loud and offkey and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog. Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and -strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a tour of Central America--the wrong one. .