Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Review: Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard

Hardcover: 352 pages
Published: March 13th 2012

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0385739370 

ISBN13: 9780385739375
Received: Netgalley for Review
Series: Standalone
Challenges: 2012 YA Contemporary Challenge
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.

My Thoughts:
“Wanderlust is like itchy feet. It’s when you can’t settle down. But Wanderlove is much deeper than that . . . it’s a compulsion. It’s the difference between lust and love.” ~Wanderlove
Kristen Hubbard captured my heart with her words in this book. Reading this book was just what I needed in my life right now. Such amazing-ness I do not think I could ever do this book justice in this review. 
While reading Wanderlove I fell in love with every place this book took place in. I would love to travel the world. It is something about road trip / traveling books that captivate me. This book was no exception. 
Bria basically lives in a shell. She wants more in her life. After a hard breakup Bria wants to leave it all behind and try to have some fun before she starts school.
Bria joins a tour group: The Global Vagabonds. 
Shorty after they arrive, she starts regretting her decision. The tour group is full of older, non-fun, people that wear fanny packs. She would rather not be spending her time in Guatemala with.
After literally running into Rowan, a backpacker, who loves to travel. After Rowan invites somewhere and the whole thing was sort of a set up. She is faced with another decision to make. After Starling, Rowan's sister, talks Bria into dropping the Vagabonds, and backpacking with them. She is left once again wondering if she has made the right decision.
Leaving the tour group behind, and embarking on a new journey through Central America. Bria learns more about her new friends & herself...

Wanderlove was amazing. The growth that Bria made. The understanding of herself. Realizing the past does not make your future. I loved that Bria was an artist. Journal always by her side, ready to document a new experience. I really loved that the art work was included in the book. Me having a eBook for review, I was very excited to see that. It really brought the worlds to life. Rowan is full of life and experiences. This was something that I loved about him. This was something that attracted Bria to Rowan. He had the knowledge about things that Bria didn't. 
You could see the tension between Bria and Rowan as you read the pages. The connection that was there. The connection that did not have them in a relationship on page 5. This was a growing process, that I loved reading. Both Rowan and Bria both have troubled pasts. Things that make them who they are. But, in this book they realize that is not who they are.. it is who they was. They grow together. And it is beautiful. You can picture the scenery, the characters experiencing everything, and the true relationships that were building through out the pages in Wanderlove.
Wanderlove will be a book I remember, and love.. forever.
“You can't control the past, but you can control where you go next.”  ~Wanderlove


  1. Awesome review. This book is definitely on my TBR list. I want to go backpacking again so bad!

  2. Loretta, you had me at "the growth that Bria made." I've read several reviews of this book - several GOOD reviews, even - but your review REALLY makes me want to read this one. I'm so so glad you enjoyed it. :)

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  3. I've read so many reviews on this book but I think yours takes the cake! If I had any doubt about reading this one you just threw that doubt out the window! I really can't wait for this one now.

    THanks for the awesome beyond words review!

  4. Great review! I really want to read this but now I feel like I REALLY have to get my hands on a copy of this book! It definitely seems like a book that I would enjoy :)

  5. You already know that I can't wait for this one. :) I am really glad you enjoyed it. You made me even more excited to read it. Great review.


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