Author: Kirsten Hubbard
My Rating: 3 stars/5
Synopsis: 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.
My thoughts from the Vault
I decided to pick this novel up because I was in the beginning thralls of a reading slump due to my constant wanderlust. All I wanted to do was look at travel things on Pinterest and plan out my future trips. When my friend Chelsea said she just finished this novel and it was a cute travel novel, I decided to give it a try and see if it could help get me back on track. Thankfully, it did and I was able to read this book in a day.
This novel had a good combination of travel and drama that kept me interested until the very end. I did find the resolution at the end to be far too quick, but it didn’t completely ruin the story for me.
I loved the relationship between Bria and Rowan, and I mostly loved how it wasn’t insta-love between them. I loved the bickering and friendship between them.
I loved the travel aspect to this novel and it instantly got me looking into more travel novels just like it to help me beat this reading slump. So if you are like me and have intense wanderlost, this book will help you out of a slump and you will get a hint of that travel magic.