Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard Revoew

"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."

I'll tell you something about Wanderlove. It makes you want to pack up your bags and head down to Central America to hang out with backpackers. Kirsten Hubbard makes backpacking sound exciting, exotic, and undeniably fun. What do you know? Maybe I'll consider taking a year off to do some backpacking around the world. That would be fun. Seeing places and doing strange things. My mother told me she regrets not taking that opportunity. Oh, well. On about the story, forget about my life.

Wanderlove all started with a question: Are you a Global Vagabond? Well, I can answer that question easily (it is a yes), but Bria Sandoval intended to travel with her boyfriend and two friends. Unfortunately, her boyfriend dumped her. Then those two girls, so-called friends, ditch her. Bria ventures out to South America on her own. All alone. Isn't that creepy? It makes you think of all those horror stories in third world countries, doesn't it?

Well, it is a good thing Bria meets Rowan and his sister. They all travel together across a country and learn several facts about each other. Somewhere in the middle, Rowan's sister ditches them to do a job or something. It doesn't matter what she is doing. That was a move to push Rowan and Bria closer together. Now, they are alone and traveling together. Isn't that surprising? Well, not really, if you ask me.

Rowan is a bad boy. A really bad boy. He is so bad that he was in drugs and who knows what else. It is that bad. Can you believe it? Anyway, his sister watches him like a hawk until she abandons him with Bria. Still, he remains true to the anti-drug movement. It is nice to see a picture of him (in this book, drawn by Bria).

Bria is a good girl. She does all the right things at the right time, or so she thinks. When her boyfriend left her, she just snapped. She couldn't let go of the past until she finds her path through South America.

Overall, I think Wanderlove is an exciting story about traveling and finding yourself. It is very tempting to travel after reading this book. That is one of the effects after reading this book. You want to travel, you want to be set free. I guess it is the result of all books about traveling and etc. Remember road trips? Those are fun, too.

Rating: Four out of Five

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