Sunday, March 25, 2012

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Wanderlove is about a 18 year old artist named Bria Sandoval, who decides to take a journey to Central America. Her journey isn't just physical, its emotional as well.

Wanderlove has made it to my top favorite reads of all time. This is such a beautiful book. The writing was superb, and flowed extremely well. There are beautiful drawings through out the entire book and I am so glad that they are there. The drawings helped paint the picture of Wanderlove.  The characters were extremely well written, and the story was authentic.

Kirsten Hubbard is a talented writer and artist. I can't wait to read more from this author.

I received an e-galley via Netgalley and Random House Children's Books in exchange for an honest review.  The e-galley isn't enough, I must have either a hard or paper back to add to my library!!

Blurb via 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.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story."

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