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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  8,716 ratings  ·  1,013 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 backpacke
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Kirsten Hubbard
Dec 02, 2010 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.
it is with a heavy heart that i must say...i'm dropping this rating to a 4 upon reread


if there's a better mid-pandemic comfort reread than this, a romance that takes place while the protagonist backpacks through Central America, idk what it is


Instant regret on saying I’ll write a full review of this book. Because I really don’t know if I can. I don’t even know if I can rate it!


First, I want to say it’s unfair h
Jun 25, 2012 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): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eQa3...

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

Con­tem­po­rary is not a genre I 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. An
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, mixed-feelings
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
Jan 01, 2015 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 wan
“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
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 m
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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)
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2011 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 tot
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: galleys, read-in-2012, ya
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
Melissa Stacy
The 2012 YA contemporary "Wanderlove" could be subtitled "In Defense of White Privilege" or "White Middle Class Cluelessness: A Primer for Modern Racism" and readers would have a far more solid grasp of what takes place in this novel.

First-person narrator and suburban-L.A. resident Bria Sandoval is eighteen, broke up with her boyfriend senior year, and never sent in her acceptance letter to art school. Her depression over the breakup made her like, self-destruct her own life (because sadness), a
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 a
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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 Rowan
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Eurgh. I HATED this book. I actually didn't even finish it, which MAY be unfair for a review, so I might go back and struggle through (yes struggle) the rest just to see if it improves at all.

I just couldn't finish it. I liked the concept of this book, but I just hated the characters and everything that happened in it. I didn't care for Bria at all, and I also hated Rowan. I just found Bria completely unlikable, naive, and childish. I found the "romance" with Rowan completely contrived and didn
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Bria kept annoying me throughout the book.. but then some times I would like her. It was a roller coaster ride with her.

Wanderlove was definitely a book I read for a specific challenge. However, I found it kind of interesting - well the synopsis. Then when I met 18 year old Bria, the MC, I was a bit intrigued by her. It was interesting that she was going on this adventure by herself. It sucks that her friends backed out at the last minute but I was definitely thinking that this would be good for
Hazelrose Tiongson
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Screw that sloppy title. But oh my god, the amount of joy, giddiness, I felt whilst reading this book is ...... just wow. Author is so on-point about all these travel bug feels. Traveling+ good romance + Belize, Honduras, Caribbean setting etc. + very realistic characters = PERFECTION.

One of the most favorite reads for this year. ❤️
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 o
Trisha Leigh
Dec 15, 2011 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
Jun 30, 2013 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
Dec 03, 2010 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
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In search of transcendent backdrops for her novels, Kirsten Hubbard has hiked ancient ruins in Cambodia, dived with wild dolphins in Belize (one totally looked her in the eye), slept in a Slovenian jail cell, and navigated numerous desert apocalypses (usually in face paint and combat boots). But she always comes home to California.

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