Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard




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.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

 (MY THOUGHTS)         5  HEARTS!!!!!
 Wanderlove is an irresistible, beautiful love story. I really would like to thank Kirsten Hubbard for sharing a part of her life with me. I'm so jealous ( Kirsten Hubbard will know what I mean by this statement) but it's a good jealous. Knowing that Wanderlove came from Hubbard's real life experience made this novel come alive for me, and the love between Bria and Rowan had me wanting to grab a backpack and find my Rowan. Yes, as I said, this is an irresistible and beautiful love story.

Bria is eighteen, and on her way to Central America to reinvent herself. The ex-boyfriend she centered her life and future around, has just taken it all away. Bria decides it’s time for a I-don't-care-attitude, cut loose have some fun, love only when its meaningless, frame of mind. When Bria gets to Central America, she meets Starling and Rowan. So she trades in her middle age wannabe vagabond for the real backpackers’ experience with bad boy Rowan. Bria is definitely going get a real experience, and it comes in a love wandering Rowan.

Rowan is a backpacking bad-boy with a pass, and he’s going to teach Bria the real meaning of his vagabond lifestyle. Bria wants Rowan's perpetual anticipation way of life, but what Rowan and Bria will find is the antidote to their wandering hearts.

Wanderlove is a beautiful, melt-your-heart romance. It's also about trusting, respecting, and learning to be true to who you really know you are—to love yourself first. I recommend Wanderlove as a love story adventure must read.


  1. I love stories about finding oneself, and an exotic location doesn't hurt either. I'll have to check this one out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Heather, I know you would enjoy Wanderlove as much as I did! :)


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