18-year-old Bria has just broken up with her boyfriend and after planning a trip abroad together, she is determined to still go. Her two friends back out, but Bria believes it's a prophecy when she's handed a Global Vagabonds pamphlet. She heads off to Guatemala with a tourist group, but realizes that hanging out with a group of middle-aged tourists isn't going to help her find herself. She meets a girl named Starling and her brother Rowan, and before you know it, Bria is leaving the group for one unforgettable backpacking adventure.
Along the way, Bria digs deep into self-discovery, independence and self-confidence. Yes, there's romance and more as this is an adventure that will have you reaching for your backpack, on the search for your own Global Vagabonds pamphlet! Not only will teens relate to Bria as she's trying to find herself, going through big changes, and attempting to rediscover her passion, they'll appreciate the realization that we all need to tackle our own adventures every now and then, so we can move forward and discover ourselves.
Hubbard has written a beautiful story--one perfect to curl up with over the summer on a lounge chair. Since Wanderlove is about celebrating favorite places, Hubbard has even turned the Wanderlove website (www.wanderlove.com) into a place to upload and chat about your own hidden destinations, so be sure to visit and upload your own photo!
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2012)
Source of review copy: publicist