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.
I read Kirsten Hubbard's Wanderlove as an ARC through NetGalley and fell in love. I can pretty much guarantee you will too, if not for the gorgeous South American setting, than for Bria, who is one of the most interesting, realistic YA characters I have seen in a long time.
To celebrate it's official release, I'm giving away several bookmarks and a copy of the book. Winners will be chosen from comments, so tell me about your favorite off-the-beaten- track places below to win!
After you've entered, check out Kirsten Hubbard's tumblr where she's showcasing other reader's favorite places (including mine!) as well as beautiful locale from Wanderlove!