By Kristen Hubbard
Summary: It all started with a question, Are you a Global Vagabond? 18 year-old Bria definitely isn’t, but she wants to be. So she decides to book a trip to Central America with the hope of gaining some independence and leaving behind the mess her life has become. But when she arrives her bus tour is full of old middle age tourists, not the youthful beautiful people on the brochure –not what she was expecting. So when beautiful backpacker and definite global vagabond Rowan invites her to join him off the beaten path, Bria takes the chance to live bravely for once in her life.
Review: Wanderlove is the perfect travel novel. It has beautiful landscapes, exotic locations, adventure and romance. Hubbard does a great job setting up the novel and introducing readers to the world of backpacking. Bria is awkward and in some ways plain, which makes her completely relatable. Through her reluctance and sometimes hilarious mishaps, the backpacking aspect becomes more accessible to readers. The relationship between Rowan and Bria was slow and sweet to develop, and was written well enough to stand on it’s own outside of the unique landscape of the book. However, it is the landscape and sense of adventure that will provide readers with a type of escapism not commonly found in YA literature. The drawings done by Bria (i.e. Kristen) also add an extra dimension to the novel, making this well rounded book an absolute delight to read.
Also by Kristen Hubbard: Like Mandarin
If you liked Wanderlove, you might also enjoy: Amy andRoger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson or Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Author website: http://kirstenhubbard.com/
Grade Level: S