Monday, January 27, 2014

Are You A Global Vagabond?

Author: Kirsten Hubbard
Category: Young Adult
Pub. Date: 03/13/2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Format: Kindle
Pages: 354
ISBN#: B005723K8K

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.

My Review:  
Many times while I was growing up I wondered what it would be like to pack a bag and just start out walking. I would imagine places in my mind that I would go and people that I would meet. Would try and map out in my head where I would go each day, or where I would end up in the evening. At that time in my life I was very naive.  

This book woke up some old feelings of the way I wanted to travel the world. I have only been out side of the U.S.A. once in my life and that is when my hubby and I took a cruise to the Bahama's a couple of years ago. I have done some traveling here in the states but never with a backpack thrown over my shoulder and on foot. 

Author Kirsten Hubbard surely has a way with telling you a story of a young girl and the choices she makes in her young life only to re-think them later. The main character, Bria Sandoval is eighteen and wants to be on her own. A good girl out for an adventure. And oh boy does she find one when she meets up with Rowan and his sister. 

Just as the synopsis tells you, all the choice's, people, and place's will leave impressions on your life. Some good and some bad. This book like  said had me looking back and I am glad that at that time in my life I am so glad I did not go on a hiking trip to ?? 

The only thing that I found with this book was there were times that I was tempted to not finish. Then I would say to myself that if I didn't I would never know how Bria's life turned out. So I would pick it back up and get thru a few more pages, then would read thru a couple of chapters with all the colorful good girl wanta be bad, bad boy wanta be good, and just a very out spoken sister. Can you say a real interesting Triangle. And I believe that, that is the real reason I wanted to finish this one, was to see how the Sister turned out. 

Alright, for this book I am giving it a Breath of Life rating of:

   Four Clock Rating!!

Disclosure: I did not receive the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and or review. But the Opinions are my own and yours may differ.

About the Author:  

A travel writer and young adult author, Kirsten Hubbard has hiked ancient ruins in Cambodia, dived with wild dolphins in Belize (one totally looked her in the eye), slept in a Slovenian jail cell, and navigated the Wyoming badlands (without a compass) in search of transcendent backdrops for her novels. She lives in California.
Kirsten is the author of YA novels LIKE MANDARIN and WANDERLOVE (Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books) and MG novel WATCH THE SKY (Disney-Hyperion 2015). 


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