Author: Kirsten Hubbard
Reading level: Young Adult
Size: 352 pages
Release Date: March 13th 2012
Random House Children’s Books
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
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.
This was a lovely coming of age story set in front of the backdrop of Latin America. Kirsten Hubbard takes us on a journey along with Bria as she sets off to escape her her realities of an emotionally abusive relationship, self doubts and all the baggage that’s holding her back.
As she travels through Central America, meets other backpackers, and experiences the wonders of other cultures, gorgeous scenery and most importantly the joy of her own dreams, she slowly begins to leave all of that baggage behind and find herself.
The characters are all believable and honest. The setting is so amazing that I regret never having the opportunity to experience the world as Bria does. And the will they/won’t they romance between Bria and Rowan kept me wondering until the end.
For those who have wonderful memories of traveling or simply dreams of going where the road leads…this book is a wonderful journey of the spirit and imagination and teaches us all that even if lost…we can find our dreams again.
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