Sunday, May 27, 2012


I didn't really care for Hubbard's debut novel Like Mandarin. I thought it was written beautifully, but I couldn't get into the characters. So Wanderlove was not on the top of my must read 2012 list. However, I kept seeing rave reviews of this book so I decided I had to give Hubbard another try. 

I am so glad I did. Wanderlove is a beautiful, full, and rich novel. It transports you to another part of the world and takes you on the journey with some very likeable characters. Our main character is an artist and I loved the addition of the sketches throughout the book as well. It ends too soon...

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.

Read more about it HERE.

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