Bria Sandoval just finished high school… and her relationship with Toby. Or, actually, he finished it. So, as a cure to her heartbreak, she decides to go on a trip with her two best friends. But when they turn her down, she ends up going with a group called Global Vagabonds in a trip around Central America. There, she meets backpackers Rowan, a scuba- diving instructor and his sister Starling, an avid human rights activist. Bria ditches her group in favour of Rowan and Starling. But Bria and Rowan are both running from their past, and when love enters the equation, everything just becomes more complicated…
I really liked this book! I liked pretty much everything: from the story and the setting, to the characters and the evolution of the story.
I instantly connected with Bria. Hubbard’s narrating, though not full of emotion, can transmit the feelings and I could feel everything that was going through Bria’s heart and mind, along with her. I really liked her funny comments, too.
I’ve never read a book about travelling before, and especially not in Central America, which is another reason why Wanderlove is different than other YA books. The author’s experience as a backpacker is clearly seen throughout the book, as she describes every place in detail, just like a real traveller would.
I also liked Kirsten Hubbard’s drawings. She has real talent and the drawings help you visualize everything better.
One of my favourite parts was the romantic tension between Bria and Rowan. You could sense it from miles away, and believe me, YOU CAN CUT IT WITH A KNIFE 🙂
I was a bit upset by Bria’s behiavor in a particular scene toward the end of the book (spoiler alert! highlight between the asteriks to read *cough make out session cough*)
The ending was very unexpected. But I ended up liking it a lot and I don’t think there could be a better ending. (Or, there could, but this one is already perfect, so no need to change it.)
Overall, this was a really good book and I recommend it to any contemporary fan!
“I’ve come to realize that sometimes, what you love most is what you have to fight the hardest to keep.”
“Because – admit it – there’s something perversely appealing about sitting all alone, feeling sorry for yourself, especially when the scenery’s stunning and there’s a party going on behind you.”
“Hearing about vacations is like hearing about dreams – no one cares except the person who’s experienced them.”