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3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,965 Ratings  ·  907 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published March 8th 2011)
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Kirsten Hubbard
Sep 21, 2011 Kirsten Hubbard added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wrote, ya-highway
I wrote this book! And drew the pictures.
I think this one sums up the story best:
I hope it brings you a little bit of travel transcendence.
Jan 09, 2015 Ariel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Second Read: January 2nd, 2015
I really love this book. It has flaws, absolutely. It's pretty quaint and clichéd at times, the main character has difficulties looking outside herself, and blah blah. Doesn't matter! I really love it. It's about experiencing life, travelling, taking joy in simplicity. Here's the review I did of it so very long ago (probably my favourite review I've ever done):

First Read: May 5th, 2013
I heard about this book over a year ago,
Steph Sinclair

Contemporary is nota genreI usually read. It’s not because I think any less of the genre, but few seem to hold my attention as well as something supernatural or science fiction related. What normally happens is that I’ll get distracted and find myself re-reading the same sentence or paragraph over and over again. That never happened with Wanderlove. Unfortunately, lately I’ve been finding it increasingly difficult for me to find time throughout my day to sit and read. And I felt myself getting a
Mar 13, 2012 Limonessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic globetrotters
4.5 stars

If right now, at age 35, I had to choose my nostalgia book of all times, I'd choose Wanderlove.
It was almost physically painful to read.
A forewarning though: if you are not the adventurous type, are not and never were interested in traveling with a backpack, but on the contrary think it's highly dangerous and unhygienic and are not interested in the nuances of this bohemian life, this might not be the book for you.

Bria Sandoval has just turned 18. It's the summer between her graduation
Rachel Maniacup
Oct 06, 2015 Rachel Maniacup rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: Pinky
I clearly understand now,why this lovely friend of mine who recommended this book to me,loved this so much! It is a WONDERFUL book!

This is a story of an 18 year old young woman,named Bria Sandoval who just graduated from high school.
Bria is a good artist,who loves to draw of course..but after her jerk ex-boyfriend had broken up with her,she just stopped drawing.She even neglected her artistic ambitions.

Bria,wanted nothing more than to get away for a while..from her friends,from her ex-boyfriend
At first glance, Wanderlove appears to be a light piece of escapist travel fiction, treading the well-worn paths of comedic culture shock, adventure and self-discovery common to backpacker lit.

Upon reading, however, it’s evident that Wanderlove is much more than this. It is a resonant and affecting story about healing and uncertainty - about looking backward in order to move forward. It’s about self-worth not being contingent upon the opinions and judgments of others, but rather upon ourselves,
Sep 22, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing
“Wanderlove is about forgetting the bad things and focusing on the good. Out with the old and in with the new... The only way to escape the past is to keep moving forward.”

Such a beautiful book and I have been missing out on a lot! And if you haven't read this yet, you are missing out! When I was finished this book, I really wished that there was more, I needed more. It was one of the books that had a perfect ending, but in the end, you want more. Even if there is a perfect ending, you want
Gorgeously written and completely authentic (it comes as no surprise to me that Hubbard is a travel writer and backpacker herself) Wanderlove is a book that took me by surprise.

I have to confess, I got off to a rocky start with Wanderlove. From the beginning, I liked the prose (loved the cadence of certain lines). Hubbard writes fantastically, she gets right in under Bria’s skin, perhaps painfully so: Bria felt so inferior, so uncertain, at the beginning and the feeling was so perfectly conveye
Feb 09, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Nomes
Original post at One More Page

I love traveling. Granted, I'm not the most traveled person around, but I love being able to go to places. I love seeing new things, I love being (almost) anonymous in a sea of people who may or may not understand me. I love figuring out how a train system goes and how I can go from one place to another. The itch to travel hasn't been that big in me until I got to go to Europe last year, and ever since then, I've been thinking of other places in the world that I mus
I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into Wanderlove. My brain interpreted the cover and synopsis as a fun, sun-baked coming of age story and I foresaw exotic locales and a frothy romance. And while Wanderlove certainly delivered on those expectations, it packaged them with much more emotional depth than I anticipated.

Bria, the heroine has just gotten out of a less than supportive relationship and her self-esteem is at an all time low. She's lost her passion for art and without it she feels
“A painting doesn’t have to have a profound meaning. It doesn’t have to ‘say’ a word. We fall in love for simpler reasons.” ~ Harley Brown

I think to a lot of people, reading is a chore – it’s something you have to do to graduate high school, get your diploma, suffer through college, and eventually use in life. I think to others, reading is a form of entertainment – a funny comedy to give them a good laugh, a serious biography to inform them about a subject they didn’t know, an intriguing encyclo
oh. my. GOD. guys, you ALL need to seriously get your hands on this book! like, no, really. i loved it so, so, so much i'm probably going to reread it about five times before it's released, because that's just how much i loved it.

(aaaand i'll do a full, actual review closer to the release date but for now i'll just repeat: READ. THIS. BOOK! also: ROWANNNN<3333)
Mar 15, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
Similar Books: Falling in Love with English Boys by Melissa Jensen, Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson, Single Girl Abroad by Kelly Hunter

I was initially declined as a reviewer of this book on NetGalley, and I didn't understand why. Now I do. Random House knew that I would be on vacation in Charleston and force my family to take me to not one but two Barnes & Nobles on release day to get a hardback copy of this book. I was that determined to read it. And let me tell you, people - it was
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This book rips my heart out.

I imagine it's a very unlikely statement to make, especially if you read the book, and know how it ends... especially if you know me. But there are those stories that hit the bullseye, and in my case, it was this one.

Bria Sandoval is eighteen, and uncertain where to head in life. Not only has her ex made her lose her shot in an art school, she simply cannot draw. Her friends patronize her, and when they pull out
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Mar 05, 2012 Cassi aka Snow White Haggard rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, galleys, read-in-2012
Wanderlove is the type of book that makes you dream. I've always wanted to backpack. ALWAYS. And it was always something I intended to get around to eventually. But I still haven't and am beginning to realize that it may never happen. The good news is I can read books like Wanderlove that make me yearn for a do-over, yet doesn't make me miserable with regret. This book is an enjoyable, happy reading experience.

This is the type of book I want to give to a teenager. Not because the characters are
I knew that “chick lit” tag should have sent me running for the hills! You see, my low rating has nothing to do with the quality of the book, because, truth be told, I’m incapable of judging objectively “chick lit” or YA books. I usually avoid them like the plague and, when I happen to read one, my (often negative) feelings get in the way and any hint of impartiality is compromised.

Just to give you an idea of what kind of person I am, my favorite moment in the whole book is when this backpacker
Mar 09, 2012 Ashelynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
This review is also posted on my blog!

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher vai NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Last year, I was one of the first people to receive a Like Mandarin ARC, Kirsten’s debut. I fell for that book hard. Maybe because it was set near my town of Wyoming or that it was strictly about friendship—something I had been craving at that time.

So when I heard that Kirsten’s sophomore novel was about traveling, I was ecstatic. Ask any of my frien
Mar 05, 2012 Nafiza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, net-galley
It was a long time ago that Cindy told me to read this book because she loves it so much (thanks Cindy). It took me a while to get around to it as it is a contemporary and I kept getting distracted by supernatural beings (those faeries, I tell you, so pesky). But, guys, seriously, this book? Is awesome. I mean, I don’t read much contemporary (okay, or I used to not read much contemporary but recent contemporary has been rocking my socks off) and the cover is not my favourite but the story inside ...more
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Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte BFYR for sending me this ARC!

This was the first travel/road trip YA book I've ever read, and I'm so glad I wasn't disappointed! <3

I delved right into this book. It felt like I was there, in all those places. Reading it all made me want to start travelling myself, even though I'm not an outdoorsy person whatsoever.

And the characters, I loved Bria. And Ro
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

I've luckily been on a streak of reading some very excellent novels lately (knocks on wood) and happily, Wanderlove continues the trend.

From the unforgettable characters to the lushly described scenery to the whimsical and detailed drawings (by the author herself, no less) Wanderlove is (or will be, in March) a hit. I had very few complaints and whole lot of love for this fish-out-of-water coming-of-age novel. Bria Sandoval, the main character and
3.5 stars

Wanderlove = Forgetting about the bad things, focusing on the good, out with the old and in with the new

Bria has been having a tough time of it lately, having just broken up with her artistic boyfriend Toby, who she was meant to go on holiday with and now her best friends have also backed out of their trip, saying that Bria still needs time to heal. When Bria receives a pamphlet advertising a holiday, she sees this as an omen and decides to make a spur of the moment decision to take the
Dec 03, 2010 Kristin rated it it was amazing
I'm pretty sure Kirsten Hubbard's higher purpose in life is to keep me humble.

No, scratch that - her higher purpose is (among other things, obviously) to create beautiful, beautiful stories, and by default it keeps me humble. Because I never cease to be amazed at her gorgeous prose, her living breathing 3-dimensional characters, and her fascinating settings. I was blown away by LIKE MANDARIN, and I was equally blown away by WANDERLOVE.

Rowan is swoonworthy without being a perfect cardboard boy. B
Trisha Leigh
Mar 20, 2012 Trisha Leigh rated it it was amazing
Kirsten Hubbard made a fan out of me with her debut, “Like Mandarin”, which took the relationship between two girls and exposed the intricacies of female friendship – be it as teenagers or adults – with a deftness and sincerity that took my breath away. In “Wanderlove” she lays bare a different kind of love and experience with the same insightful, personal brush.

Bria discovers the world of backpacking, a place the author clearly loves dearly, much the same way the majority of readers would expe
Wanderlove starts the story off with Bria, who has been told by her best friends that it's really not a good time for her to travel while her ex-boyfriend told her that she's just not the type to go out and do it.
So, naturally Bria does what anyone would do.
Prove them wrong.
Only when she gets to Guatemala she realizes that she's on the wrong tour and doesn't want to be so restricted. So when she meets a bunch of backpackers that invite her along she figures out that this may be the only chance
Jan 13, 2012 Pragya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All YA readers, travel enthusiasts, Kimberly, Tanu Das, Soumi, Nidhi Singh, Karolina
Shelves: 2012, favorites
Wow - not really about the book but about the fact that I finally finished a book. Recently I have been in a phase where I keep itching to start a lot of books but none gets finished. So this was a marvel. And it does have to say a lot about the book too.

As always I never read a book blurb. Some random quirk of mine. I want to unravel the book without knowing anything about it. And it really worked for this one. Mmm, I am still reeling with the aftertaste, salty like the ocean but sweet like a
Mar 02, 2012 Nicola rated it really liked it
Wanderlove is the first book by Kirsten Hubbard that I have read and it certainly did not disappointment! Even the cover of this book is hard to resist and the novel itself has the same breezy feel to it. Wanderlove is a gorgeous novel that had me captivated from the very first page and I couldn't handle the thought of setting it down! The premise of the book is fun, different and very inviting!

I loved all the characters in this book and found them fascinating to read about. I could completely i
Jun 22, 2012 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People sick of insta-love and who want a real journey
Edit: I've finally put an order on this book in Amazon! I get to hold it and flip through its tattered pages and smell its book smell soon!

This review also appears on my blog.

There needs to be a destination, even if it's way off in the haze of my unlived life. And in that life, I'd like to be an artist.

I have a headache from reading this book. I think this is one of the few times where I'm pleased, despite the pounding in my head.

I honestly didn't expect the impact this story would leave on
Jul 12, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer
Have you ever thought about travelling to Central America?
Dreamt about the possibility to see the beauty of Guatemala and Belize?

This is a travel book about Bria who signs up for a guided tour of Central America, but ends up ditching her group to join the devoted backpacker Rowan and his sister Starling.
After being stuck in an unhealthy relationship and giving up Art, the thing she loves the most, this trip is supposed to be the key to self-discovery.

Rowan's second travel rule: The best way
This book is lovely.

It's adorable and heart-warming without being cheesier than a goopy box of Kraft M&C.

It's deep and thoughtful, but not in a way that feels contrived, or thrust upon you.

It's funny in a wonderfully natural way, a way that feels like real teenage humor, not some adult's idea of what a witty teenager would sound like.

It's chock-full of ridiculously beautiful drawings by the author herself.

And it fills you with an untamable longing for adventure, infects you with your own ca
This was a beautiful novel that took me on journey full of adventure & high spirits , the one that can inspire you to try out new things , dare to take chances , Inspire you in a way that you have never imagined .
It s about believing yourself , letting go of past , & giving love a chance one more time.

It tells you that good things are worth taking risks , that stop expecting & welcome the surprises , you would be more happier that way.

& never giving up on those precious things th
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