Tuesday, November 22, 2011


  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0385739370
  • Author: Kirsten Hubbard
  • Cover art: I like it.
  • Overall rating: **1/2 out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: From the publisher via Netgalley thank you.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

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 into 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. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I wanted to love this book, I really did. After Hubbard's debut Like Mandarin in March, (which I loved) I was excited to see this title on Netgalley. Sadly, for me Wanderlove fell flat. I found myself skimming the book more then reading it. I didn't like Bria's character very much so I really didn't care what happened to her. I found her to be kind of whinny and annoying.
It could be because I didn't find the places she was traveling to be interesting. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more, if she would have traveled someplace else, I can't really say.

For me the neatest part of this novel and the thing I enjoyed the most was the illustrations, Hubbard did all of the illustrations herself and they added a lot to the novel and bumped it up to 2 1/2 stars from 1 1/2 for me.

By not liking this title very much at all I am in the minority. Most other reviewers really enjoyed it. It is very different form Like Mandarin. But please don't let my opinion be the reason you decide not to read this one, read some more favorable reviews and if your interested pick it up it might just be what you are looking for, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

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