Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard


Wanderlove
by Kirsten Hubbard
Received for Review from the publisher via netgalley
Young Adult Realistic Contemporary 
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.19
Pages: 352

Before I get into my review, here's the summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for letting me review this book.

I had heard great things about this book and had been dying to read it for months so when I got the e-galley, I was absolutely ecstatic. This book seemed like it would be absolutely incredible. 

After forty pages, I was beginning to wonder if I would be the one who wouldn't like this novel. However, after a few more pages, that fear quickly dissipated. I absolutely adored this book. I don't really know why. I can't pin down one aspect of this novel that I especially liked...I just liked everything in the novel as a whole. Every aspect of this novel combined together and created an incredible read.

I read this in one sitting and was thoroughly intrigued the entire time. This was Hubbard's sophomore novel and was the first novel I read by her. I can firmly say that this won't be my last novel by her either.

I loved the way this novel was written. I loved the characters. And I loved that the novel centered around two vagabond travelers--the good girl trying to go bad and the bad boy trying to go good. That right there hooked me. 

In Summary: A beautifully written contemporary realistic young adult novel that I highly recommend. This novel is definitely one of my favorites of the year.

Warnings/ Side-notes: Minor swearing with a few instances of some heavier swearing. Some references to drugs and sex. However, this novel is still relatively clean. It's definitely one that some people might not want to read. However, I really enjoyed it and thought it was relatively clean. 

The Wrap-up: I really enjoyed this novel. It lived up to the hype. This novel was one that I really loved and am glad that I got to read. Definitely recommend this one. 

Love,

Danica Page

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