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But I guess we still have to post the reviews for the June books if we ever want to put up the July stuff, so, this month, while Lisa was reading THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith, I read...
Author: Kirsten Hubbard
Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 338
First Reaction: Uh, this was fab but could I get another 20 pages? And also, can I pack my suitcase and go somewhere now?
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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.
Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.
[Summary Source: Goodreads]
Lisa's questions for me for WANDERLOVE:
Rowan. And not because he's the swoony boy because there's so much in him that I want to unpack. And, also, well, I'd like to go diving with him that sounds amazing, please and thanks.
2. Of all the places that Bria visited in the book, which among them do you want to go the very most?
Oooooh. Well, like I said I'm more of a Europe girl. But there's this market Bria goes to in the book, just as Rowan and Starling really start butting into her travels. I want to go there. (I love a good street market.)
3. Bria learns a lot about herself through the course of the book. What advice would you throw in there for her?
"Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them." - Oh, no, that's not helpful? Well, I'd say: "Call your parents, dodo." - STILL not helpful? The truth is, I think Bria figured out a lot of what she needed to figure out in this book, so I don't know if I have anything else for her right now. But she's reminded me of a lot of really important things I could stand to remember a bit better.