This is one of those cases where it would be much easier to talk about what I didn't love about the book than one I did love. The list of what I did love is looonnnnnnnnnng...from the take-you-there settings to the deep and personal inner journey of Bria. From the brave and artistic main character to the challenging and hot young man that sweeps her to places she would otherwise never go. Oh, and the artwork? Did I mention the amazing artwork throughout? I guarantee this book will make you want to jump on a airplane without a plan. It'll make you fall in love with more than just the hot young man.
What I didn't love is easy...the part of that book where it's over and I had to say goodbye. This is easily one of my favorite reads so far this year.
Here's the description from GoodReads:
It all begins with a stupid question:Congratulations, Kirsten, on a wonderful sophomore novel! You can pick up a copy of WANDERLOVE through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or from your favorite independent retailer.
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.