Guest review by Kari
Copy from Publisher, All Opinions are Our Own
Wanderlove is about eighteen-year-old Bria Sandoval and her travels to Central America. Bria is your average high school graduate who wants to get out of Southern California and see the world. At first, Bria and her two best friends planned to go to Europe the summer after their senior year in high school, but they both bailed on her. Bria never thought about going to Central America until she saw a pamphlet advertising a group tour to Central America. Bria wants to prove to herself, and her ex-boyfriend, that she is capable of taking a risk and traveling, so she books the trip. This is the beginning of a life changing adventure.
Not long after she gets to Guatemala, she discovers that her travel group is not what she expected. It’s a bunch of middle-aged men and women. Bria is determined to have a good time and to be the independent and adventurous girl she wants to be, so when she meets backpackers Skylar and Rowan, she jumps at the chance to leave her group behind and follow the siblings across Central America.
Bria’s adventures and experiences with Rowan and Skylar help her realize who she really is. Wanderlove is a story about finding yourself and realizing that the past makes you who are today. Bria and Rowan learn about themselves and what it takes to be satisfied with their lives in the present and future.
Wanderlove is a great book to read. You don’t have to be familiar with Central America to enjoy this book. It may be a good idea to learn a little geography, but Kirsten Hubbard does a great job at describing the landscape. Whether she’s describing the crowded Mayan marketplace or the waterfalls in the jungle, the reader will definitely feel like they are traveling alongside Bria.
One of the most unique aspects of the book is that the author uses her own artistic talent to draw pictures within the text. Bria is an artist trying to discover herself and it is great to see some of her artwork within the text. It makes the character feel more real. Kirsten does an amazing job creating these unique characters and she makes the reader fall in love with them.
Readers will enjoy this fast and exciting read. They will appreciate the culture and maybe even want to go backpacking themselves. And as to what wanderlove means, you’ll have to read to find out!