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Wanderlove Hardcover – 13 March 2012
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No, but 18-year-old Bria wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a tour of Central America--the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. So when Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspoken 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 through Mayan villages and remote Belizean islands, they discover they're both seeking to leave behind the old versions of themselves. The secret to escaping the past, Rowan's found, is to keep moving forward. But Bria realizes she can't run forever. At some point, you have to look back.
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- Publisher : Delacorte Press (13 March 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 338 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385739370
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385739375
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Dimensions : 14.96 x 3.12 x 21.56 cm
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So you'd think that a book about backpacking probably wouldn't do it for me, but that's not true. It taps into everything that I wish I could be, but I'm pretty much aware that I never will be - reading is the ultimate in vicarious living, and Kirsten Hubbard pretty much had it all for me in Wanderlove.
The only downside was that I didn't particularly like Bria - I found her slightly whingey, and although she's brave enough to shrug off the middle-aged tour group she signed up for and goes backpacking with a couple of strangers, she's still holding onto some pretty intense issues that she couldn't shed with her rolling suitcase. Yes, there needs to be character growth but the growth was just too slow for me - I wanted to see her blossom more in the middle of the book, rather than just towards the end.
Despite the fact that the character growth felt a little uneven, I really enjoyed Bria and Rowan's stories, and the way that they interacted with each other, and the growth that they both went through as people, Bria using travel as a way to rediscover who she really is, and Rowan to find out who he wants to be.
But aside from the fact that Bria and I weren't really on the best of terms, I loved the actual story of Wanderlove, the drawings (which I wanted WAY more of), the travel and the overall feel of the book - I just wanted to keep reading and I was a little sad when it ended.
Even if travelling au-natural isn't your cup of tea, I can still definitely recommend Wanderlove - it's a sweet, fun and beautifully written story that was perfect for a sunny afternoon read.
The artwork was a great addition to the book as it really brought to life where Bria was and what she felt like. The author has done a great job in expressing her own passions of travel and sketching in Wanderlove, but it always felt authentic to the character in the book.
I can see myself rereading this in the future and would recommend it!
Wanderlove ist ein wunderschönes Buch über das Reise aber auch über das Erwachsenwerden. Es erzählt dabei einfühlsam die Geschichte der achtzehnjährigen Bria, die lernt, selbstständig zu werden und viel über sich selbst erfährt. Aber neben den Charakteren, die einen an das Buch fesseln, besticht es auch mit seinen einzigartigen Beschreibungen von Zentralamerika. Der Markt, der See, Strände und Mayapyramiden. Wer bekommt da nicht Lust, selber hinzufahren?
Da ich selber viel reise, fand ich es einfach, mich mit Bria zu identifizieren. Viele Situationen aus dem Buch habe ich in ähnlicher Form schon erlebt, oft konnte ich mir das Lachen nicht verkneifen. Für mich ist es schwierig abzuschätzen, ob Wanderlove auch mehr bodenständige Menschen begeistern kann. Ich persönlich halte es für eines der besten Bücher überhaupt und würde es jedem empfehlen, der vorhat mit einem Rucksack zu reisen oder es sogar schon mal getan hat.