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Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists are hardly the key to self-rediscovery.

So when Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspoken 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 through Mayan villages and remote Belizean islands, they discover they're both seeking to leave behind the old versions of themselves. The secret to escaping the past, Rowan's found, is to keep moving forward. But Bria realizes she can't run forever. At some point, you have to look back.

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"Hubbard's second novel, following Like Mandarin, is rich with the unexpected joys and tribulations of new experiences. When 18-year-old Bria Sandoval is dumped, her art school plans fall through, and her two best friends renege on their summer travel plans, Bria signs up for a 'Global Vagabond' tour in Central America. Upon arriving in Guatemala, she is disappointed by the tame, touristy group, and when a handsome stranger named Rowan and his half-sister, Starling, invite her to travel with them, she jumps at the opportunity. From Guatemala, Rowan and Bria make their way to a Belizean island where they stay in hostels, get on each other's nerves, and skirt conversations about their pasts: both are angry at themselves and focused on changing themselves. The sincerity of Bria's narration is balanced by a healthy dose of sarcasm, and her journaling and delicate, skillful pencil drawings contribute to the novel's strong sense of place. Bria's charged relationship with Rowan and the vast emotional and physical territory Hubbard covers make for an evocative and romantic read. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Michelle Andelman, Regal Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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As a travel writer and young adult author, KIRSTEN HUBBARD has hiked ancient ruins in Cambodia, dived with wild dolphins in Belize, and navigated the Wyoming Badlands in search of transcendent backdrops. She lives with her husband and their dog.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, July 27, 2012 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Bria Sandoval wants to get away for a while. She just graduated from high school after going through a messy break-up with her boyfriend. She was supposed to go backpacking around Europe with her friends, but they back out at the last minute. After seeing a brochure for a trip to Central America for “global vagabonds,” she decides to travel on her own.

But as she joins her tour guides and fellow travelers�"all who are middle-aged and seeking safe adventures�"she’s worried her escape may end being something less than she hoped for. That is until she meets Star and her brother Rowan, young backpackers who feel comfortable drifting from place to place, staying in hostels, eating with the locals and learning the local cultures. Soon, Bria leaves her tour group behind to find the adventure she was looking for. As she travels around with Rowan, she also faces the reality of her failed relationship and decides how to face the future.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard is for travelers, romantics, and anyone who has ever found that they have lost sight of their dreams. As Bria gets more comfortable in her own abilities to take care of herself, she also deals with what went wrong in her relationship with her ex-boyfriend. She realizes she was all too willing to meld her dreams to his, even when it was clear that what he wanted was not what was best for her.

As Bria experiences new places and new people, she learns how to determine what is most important to her and then go after it. Teens in high school will identify with Bria’s uncertainty about her future.

Wanderlove brings up lots of good issues to discuss in mother-daughter book clubs with girls ages 14 and up. They can talk about finding what you’re passionate about and pursuing it. They can also discuss Bria’s failed relationship, and how she was so willing to give up control of her life and her future to someone she dated. They can discuss the concept of Wanderlove, the desire to always be moving on to something and somewhere new, and how much they are willing to seek adventure through travel.

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moiraethefatesbookreview, November 22, 2011 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
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.



* 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.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385739375
Author:
Hubbard, Kirsten
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
travel;contemporary;romance;young adult;teen;fiction;backpacking
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.51 x 5.92 x 1.21 in 1.01 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hubbard's second novel, following Like Mandarin, is rich with the unexpected joys and tribulations of new experiences. When 18-year-old Bria Sandoval is dumped, her art school plans fall through, and her two best friends renege on their summer travel plans, Bria signs up for a 'Global Vagabond' tour in Central America. Upon arriving in Guatemala, she is disappointed by the tame, touristy group, and when a handsome stranger named Rowan and his half-sister, Starling, invite her to travel with them, she jumps at the opportunity. From Guatemala, Rowan and Bria make their way to a Belizean island where they stay in hostels, get on each other's nerves, and skirt conversations about their pasts: both are angry at themselves and focused on changing themselves. The sincerity of Bria's narration is balanced by a healthy dose of sarcasm, and her journaling and delicate, skillful pencil drawings contribute to the novel's strong sense of place. Bria's charged relationship with Rowan and the vast emotional and physical territory Hubbard covers make for an evocative and romantic read. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Michelle Andelman, Regal Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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