Sometimes you have to get lost to find yourself. I feel as though I could chatter on and on about Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. While reading Wanderlove, I wanted to pack a few of my belongings and set out for the unknown. I wanted to see the world. Seriously, the most exotic place I have ever been is Canada.
Bria, on the tail of ending an unhealthy relationship, decides to visit Central America for a few weeks before she begins college. Alone. Upon landing, the wandering backpackers become much more interesting, as the travel group Bria signed up for, the Global Vagabonds, is not full of attractive young people, but olds! Bria leaves the beaten path – ready to leave good Bria behind and let bad Bria cut loose. Rowan, the backpacker boy Bria travels with wants to leave his bad boy days behind – but they keep catching up to him.
What I love MOST about Kirsten Hubbard’s sophomore novel, Wanderlove, is that Bria completely changes. I LOVE LOVE LOVE CHARACTER GROWTH. While Wanderlove takes place over 18 days, we get to see Bria gradually gain courage and confidence – not that she gets these from a guy, although Rowan is a nice touch, but from within. I liked that there was legitimate growth. I love when books have dynamic characters.
Also, this is odd for me to admit, but I have always secretly wanted to be an artist. Not because I like sketching or anything, but I would love to feel the desire and passion that creating gives artists. Bria has this love of art, and friends when she speaks of it to Rowan, you will definitely be dog earring or highlighting Wanderlove. Kirsten Hubbard absolutely captures this passion, and yes, totally adds more fuel to my secret weirdo daydreams.
I don’t want to give too much away because the magic of Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard is in the joy of discovering for yourself just how broken young people like Bria and Rowan put themselves back together again.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.