Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This week's pick is Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard, coming March 13, 2012 from Delacorte.
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 Thoughts: I loved Kirsten's debut, Like Mandarin, and it's definitely one of my favorite books of 2011. Her writing is astoundingly gorgeous, and so achingly enticing. I love the sound of this one, and not to mention the bad boy trying to be good thing. Do I smell some romance in the air this time around? I hope so, because something tells me it is going to be hotter than the Texas heat wave going on right now. I am stoked to read about the setting, to see and smell and feel Central America, and have no doubt in Kirsten's ability to bring every angle of it alive. I think this one is going to be a great mix of character development, awesome setting, hot romance, and just an all over fantastic story. 2012 is so far away, and I am dying for this book and really, have been since I read Like Mandarin. Want want want. I might even take another few weeks of 100+ weather to get this book. Yeah. That's serious.