Monday, July 9, 2012

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Title: Wanderlove
Author: Kirsten Hubbard
Series? none
Aquired From: Own
Summary:   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 
Cover Rating: 5/5
Comments on the Cover: It makes me smile. It looks so whimsical... and I don't know... light. The girl looks just so carefree and it makes you want to be her. She looks like she's making a wish. I definitely fell in love with the cover.
Character Comments: I liked Bria and how you really GREW to like her. At first, I was like, "dude, are you a compulsive liar?" but I grew to love her. And don't get me started on Rowan. Or Starling. Both were such AWESOME characters. I really loved them both, and they made me want to go backpacking.
Favorite Characters: Rowan
Character Rating: 4/5
Plot line rating: 4/5
Plot Line Comments: I'm pretty sure this plot would make anyone want to go backpacking.
Likeliness to reread it? 2/5
Overall rating: 3.75/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A

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