How did I get it?:
It was a gift!
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.
Wanderlove has been on my TBR list for so long now. I decided to check it out this month, as I kept on seeing it pop up on favourite or top ten lists! I thought it was an incredibly readable book, with loads of statements that, if I highlighted my real books, would be covered in highlighter. It’s certainly a perfect read for an armchair adventure. I particularly think those with an interest in travelling will really devour this book.
In Wanderlove we follow Bria as she joins a backpacking group to travel. It comes after Bria has had a horrible break up with her boyfriend. She was supposed to be travelling with her friends, but they let her down. Somewhat out of character for Bria, she decides to travel on her own. She just feels the need to get away. The trip doesn’t go exactly to plan though, Bria meets some interesting people along the way.
I thought Wanderlove was a good read. It wasn’t quite as amazing as I wanted it to be, but it was still a decent read. I definitely wouldn’t have the courage to travel on my own like Bria did, so it was nice to experience it through her eyes. It sounds like a really cliché sentence, but Bria goes on a personal journey as well as a physical journey. She learns a lot about herself and accepts that her ex-boyfriend really was a complete idiot!
I really liked the characters of Starling and Rowan. I felt like the book really picked up pace when she met them. I think they gave Bria encouragement to break away from what was safe and explore the environment in which she was in.
I thought the pictures of Bria’s artwork included in the story were simply beautiful. I love books that include illustrations. I think it was even more significant in Wanderlove because Bria’s art is often referred to, so it was nice to visualise Bria’s masterpieces.
All in all, I think Wanderlove is an engaging, quick read which will appeal to the traveller within you!
Would I recommend it?: