Published by Delacorte on 13 March 2012
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Place(s) Traveled To: Los Angeles, California // Antigua, Guatemala // Chichicastenango, Guatemala // Panajachel, Guatemala // Santa Lucia, Guatemala // Guatemala City, Guatemala // Rio Dulce, Guatemala // Flores, Guatemala // Tikal, Guatemala // Livingston, Guatemala // Punta Gorda, Belize // Belize City, Belize // Laughingbird Caye, Belize
First Line(s): As soon as I see the blond girl bouncing down the aisle, I know she’s heading for the empty seat beside me.
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard is a book that has been on my radar since it was released in 2012 and a book that has been recommended to me more times than I can count. But for whatever reason I didn’t pick it up until now and then proceeded to read it in about a day. Wanderlove started out a little slow for me but as I kept reading it just settled in nicely into my brain and clung there like the memory of an old friend. Its a book that fully woke up my travel bug and made me want to pack a bag, grab my passport, head to the airport, and jump on the first plane out of Massachusetts. (It also didn’t help that this was the THIRD road trip type book I’d read in a row.)
I love the concept of what wanderlove is: “Wanderlust is like itchy feet. It’s when you can’t settle down. But Wanderlove is much deeper than that . . . it’s a compulsion. It’s the difference between lust and love.” as described by Rowan and Starling, two characters in the book. This book just ended up hitting all the right notes with me and I was sad to have reached the end of the story. This book is filled with adventure as Bria leaves her guided tour and takes off for places unknown with people she just met. And for those romance lovers out there, it has a slow burn romance that will make your heart ache even as you want to shake the characters to get them to just act on what we all know they are feeling!
I loved how Bria changed and grew over the course of the novel. At the beginning of the story she was a bit lost and didn’t really know herself after dealing with the pressures of school and an asshat of an ex-boyfriend. But her friendship with Starling and Rowan along with her own personal journey she found her way back to who she was before but also discovered a bit of the person that she was always meant to be. I liked how she changed those around her just as they changed parts of her too. Because we all give pieces of ourselves to others and this book really highlights that.
Wanderlove is a book that I know that I will be revisiting in the future and its a book that I wish I’d read sooner but also know that now was the perfect time for me to find it. It was well written and well plotted and I just wanted it to go one for another 100 pages or so. These are characters that will stay with me and ones that I hope you all take the time to meet one day.