Author: Kirsten Hubbard
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Teen Fiction
Publication Date:March 13, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13 Book: 9780385739375
Disclosure: I received an e-book from NetGalley. This is my honest review.
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After a horrible breakup with her high school boyfriend leaves her reeling, Bria Sandoval decides to take a trip of a lifetime, to leave the old Bria behind and reinvent herself in Guatemala, by backpacking through Central America. What Bria doesn’t count on is the fact that the tourist group she signed up with, was filled with a bunch or middle aged tourists. Soon though she leaves that group behind and finds herself traveling with the mysterious Rowan and his sister Starling.Wanderlove was a fantastic travel book. I love teen travel novels and this one was a lot of fun. The destinations were the best parts of this novel, and the descriptions of the various places were very realistic.
Bria’s voice rang true. She is a teen who has had her heart broken, and has been betrayed by someone she trusted. She does come across as overly self-absorbed sometimes which can make connecting with her difficult at times. I can’t blame her though, and as the novel progresses she begins to discover that there is more to her than her relationship with her ex-boyfriend.
Rowan was a mystery. He had a past, and by not sharing it with the reader, you imagine something so much worse than what it actually was. Bria is constantly wondering about him even as she struggles to trust him.
Overall this book was a nice get away. It was fun traveling with Rowan and Bria on chicken buses, and going to exotic locations. Definitely, a good read for summer on the beach.
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