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Wanderlove Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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--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."
"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."
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been looking for more travel-centric books that take place outside the typical Western world, and WANDERLOVE fit the bill perfectly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ellen
This book was so fun to read. The story is everyone's fantasy I think: to throw off the structure of a guided tour and to make instant friends in a strange place. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kate (Mom's Radius)
Inspires me to step out of my comfort zone, to travel the world.Published 10 months ago by Sharlyn Kidd
Cute, easy to read novel. The backpacking concept within the book is something that hooks you until the very last page. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Claire Israels
Reviewer's Note: I originally read this as a copy provided by the publisher, but I also bought my own copy of the book later. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rose Summers
Burned by art school applications and a toxic ex-boyfriend, Bria Sandoval is eager to leave her old life behind. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Molly the Librarian
Cute story with many adventures and a mysterious hunk. I enjoyed it, but I couldn't relate. Unless you traveled by yourself and deviated from your plan and ending up finding... Read morePublished 17 months ago by teariffic
This was an enjoyable read. It's really more of a YA novel, but still an engaging story with a main character that most young women should be able to relate to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by ST