By: Kirsten Hubbard
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Source: ARC given for review (Thank you!)
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 to 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. -Goodreads-
First and foremost, this book makes me want to travel the world. Just pack and bag and go. Never look back, and never have any regrets. This book was exactly what I needed right now. I am not going to go in to detail of what I have been going through, but this book the world's biggest smile on my face!
You meet Bria! Boy where do I even begin with Bria.... She is a 18 years old and she is going to travel to Central America to see the world. She signs up for a group tour but ends up going off on her own with a couple backpackers. Now that takes guts. I never could have do that...this is why I think that Bria is one strong women. I mean she has no idea what she is getting into. And she just takes this adventure by the horns and goes with it. Sometimes I wish that I was like this. Don't get me wrong, I am very strong willed, but I am nothing compared to Bria. But Bria is running away from something/someone. She needs to start to figure things out like where her life is going to go, or how is she going to pay for her next meal.
Well during this adventure she meets Rowan. And Rowan is what you can call the good guy that wants nothing to do with you type.....literally... He just wants to be friends and nothing more. I can't stand it when guys say that! I mean you know you want more, and you know it is going to end up being more so just give in. :)
This story defiantly has its ups and downs. It has its twist and turns and everything else that a great books should need. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone that wants to get away from all the drama that the real life deals you. It will take you to a far away land so you can find your "Wanderlove."
I am giving this book 5 out 5 stars! This book has it all and more! Go and read Wanderlove if you want to change your life!