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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385739370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385739375
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bria Sandoval always thought her future was art school at Toby’s side, but then Toby showed his true colors. Now Bria has left both Toby and her art while she backpacks in Central America and considers her future. A random encounter with fellow packers in a Guatemalan airport leads Bria to ditch her tour group to go off the beaten path with Rowan. From staying in hostels and washing laundry in chipped sinks, to scuba diving and eating fried plantains, Bria sees the world around her afresh. This unique tale of self-discovery features an appealing heroine who learns to stop running away and look within. The romantic tension between Rowan and Bria is palpable but complex and believable. With an extraordinary setting, delicately rendered and well informed by Hubbard’s years as a guide to Central American travel on About.com, this becomes a wonderful story of kindred souls in a land of beauty, illuminated by Hubbard’s own drawings. Grades 10-12. --Melissa Moore


"This journey will resonate with anyone who has braved the unknown in search of adventure -and ended up finding themselves in the process."
--Andrea J. Buchanan, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Daring Book for Girls

"Hubbard's second novel, following Like Mandarin, is rich with the unexpected joys and tribulations of new experiences ... Bria's charged relationship with Rowan and the vast emotional and physical territory Hubbard covers make for an evocative and romantic read."
--Publishers Weekly

"The romantic tension between Rowan and Bria is palpable ... With an extraordinary setting, delicately rendered and well informed by Hubbard's years as a guide to Central American travel on About.com, this becomes a wonderful story of kindred souls in a land of beauty, illuminated by Hubbard's own drawings."

"Hubbard has crafted delightfully complex characters who are fresh and realistic... The romance between Bria and Rowan is constantly on a slow burn, leaving readers wondering until the end--will they or won't they end up together?"

"Thrillingly romantic, smart and funny."
--Kirkus Reviews

More About the Author

A travel writer and young adult author, Kirsten Hubbard has hiked ancient ruins in Cambodia, dived with wild dolphins in Belize (one totally looked her in the eye), slept in a Slovenian jail cell, and navigated the Wyoming badlands (without a compass) in search of transcendent backdrops for her novels. She lives in San Diego, California.

She is the author of the young adult novels WANDERLOVE and LIKE MANDARIN, available from Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books, and the middle-grade novel WATCH THE SKY, available from Disney-Hyperion on April 7th, 2015. Visit her website at www.kirstenhubbard.com.

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BOTTOM LINE: I loved every single word of this beautiful story.
I really just loved Wanderlove, and now I need to go pick up Hubbard's debut, Like Mandarin.
Bria, Rowan and Starling were such great characters and I felt like I could relate to them.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By onepagereviews on March 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you love traveling or have ever been interested in traveling, you need this book. If you like coming of age stories where characters find themselves, you need this book. If you like romance of any kind, you need this book. In short, everyone should read it.

What makes this book great for me was the travel. *Le sigh* I'm a travel junkie myself, but I've never been to Central America so it was like really experiencing it. But for anyone who has traveled in a foreign country (especially a third world country), you'll recognize some classic situations. And that's what really helped me fall in love with the story - because I could so easily relate to Bria as she's experiencing all these crazy new things. The terrible public restrooms, new food, that feeling of being completely and wonderfully lost in a new language and culture.

And I liked the little bits that made it realistic - her getting seasick, being freaked out by bugs in the rain forest, her envying the lives of the well-traveled backpackers, and her carrying around a sketchbook. And speaking of the sketchbook, I loved the drawings included in the book! (And the last one! SO glad that was included!)

I found it HYSTERICAL that Bria wanted to be like the backpackers. And Hubbard described them PERFECTLY! When I've traveled abroad, we always made a game of spotting backpackers and trying to decide if they were American or European (usually the latter). They always looked grungy but in a cool way, with these giant monstrosities on their backs and bandannas around their foreheads. I'm assuming because Hubbard was a backpacker herself, she really put into words their spirit and persona, and I loved that she discussed "first world guilt," which is something that happens (and should happen!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on April 27, 2012
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Every once in a while you find a book that just touches you completely and hits you in such as way as you read to absolutely mesmerize you and keep you reading continually, neglecting all else until the book can be finished. Wanderlove, by Kirsten Hubbard, was that sort of book for me. Thank goodness I began this book on a lazy spring break day where I had no real responsibilities to pull me away, because I could not stop reading this book once i began. It had be looking back on my young adult years before and during college and wishing I had taken a journey such as the one Bria takes in this book. It was amazing!

This is the story of a young woman, Bria, who, during the summer before she is supposed to enter college decides to join an organized tour in Central America to see Mayan ruins. She is still basically in a state of mourning over a recent breakup with a jerk of a boyfriend, and despite his mistreatment of her, Bria cannot move on. She avoids the art that she had loved so much and also seems to avoid any activity that has any connection to this failed relationship. She joins this tour group with the expectation of meeting other people her age who can explore this exotic atmosphere with her. Instead she finds that she is with a group of retirees and older people who are looking for a safe and predictable experience.

In the midst of this experience that is turning out to be a huge disappointment for Bria, she comes into contact with Starling and Rowan, a brother and sister duo who are backpacking through the countries of Central America. They are doing this on the cheap, staying in hostels and riding filthy, borderline unsafe buses to get from place to place. Bria ends up joining them on their trip and experiences an entirely different side of the world she is exploring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juhina & Farah @ Maji Bookshelf on March 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Wanderlove has definitely brought back the itch for traveling for me. I LOVE to travel. I take pride in exploring other cultures, living like their people, and seeing all the places tourist groups neglect. I've been to some East Asian countries such as Malaysia and South Korea, and let me tell you, without an open mind and living the moment, some of my memorable experiences wouldn't have happened.
This is why I loved Bria! She had an adventurous soul, it just took her a while to figure it out. Going to Guatemala on your own, for your first overseas trip? that takes some courage! I saw the country through her eyes. The local markets, the people, their food (especially that!) and the exhilarating feeling of exploring and experiencing things you wouldn't have had the chance to find and do if you hadn't traveled there. Kristen Hubbard is a fantastic storyteller! I loved how she mixed up normal narration with journal entries, and drawings by Bria. I felt like I was touring with Lucy, seeing things through her eyes, the drawings were definitely a plus for me, they gave the book more life and gave us insight into what was on Lucy's mind and what affected her emotionally.
Because of some situation, Bria ended up backpacking (apparently the 'real' way to traveling) with Rowan. Their time together was just fun to read. The sarcasm, the bickering, the slow friendship between them was all enjoyable. Of course we all know what will eventually happen between them, but the build up was overall entertaining. I haven't read Kristen's debut novel "Like Mandarin" but her love for traveling, creativity, and likable writing made me add her novel to my priority reading pile! I would highly recommend Wanderlove to any travel enthusiast and obviously any contemporary lover!
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