REVIEW: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard


Wanderlove By Kirsten Hubbard

Genre: YA romance - travell
Hardcover: 338 pages


Blurb:
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. 
    
I was enchanted by this book from page one. I bought this book as an easter holiday read just something to tide me over until the books I'm awaiting for are released. I am disappointed with myself for even pondering a book of so much depth into the category of a holiday read. 
  
Bria as a protagonist is depicted as a stereotypical adolescent, suffering teen angst. Although claiming to be an adult due to her age of being 18, when really life's just started but is jaded by her one bad past relationship. In this instance she decides to find her herself her independence and a new identity abroad.

Bria's chemistry with Rowen I loved because it wasn't over romanced to the fact your minds retching at the sickly sweetness of some literature romance. Hubbard creates an almost bitter sweet romance that kindle's from friendship and slowly blooms into love that both characters are unaware of happening which made my toes curl in anticipation and smirk at the witty dialogue created. As most girls I'm a sucker for a romance! especially when their both flawed vulnerable characters hiding behind the illusion of confidence only to find true comfort within each other's friendship. The very fact that the novel is set abroad backpacking makes the story revealing a boy girl romance.

 Girl: sarcastic witty vulnerable and naive of the world trying to be a good girl gone wild whilst 

Boy: also witty and sarcastic. Handsome and confident, charming a bad boy gone good with a huge heart. 

Both characters have so much in common although being opposites but you know what they say! opposites attract I truly feel this book is worth a read and I'm a ridiculously picky reader but as a YA romance I loved it!

Rated: * * * * * 5 stars 
Would I read it again: In a heart beat
Would I recommend it: HELL YEAH!

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