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Title: Wanderlove Author: Kirsten Hubbard Expected publication: March 13th 2012...

Title: Wanderlove
Author: Kirsten Hubbard
Expected publication: March 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

I received an eARC from Random House via Netgalley. Thank you.

This book has been sitting on my reader for months now, and I have neglected it for the reason I just grabbed this title on netgalley since it was on auto-approved before and I was all hyped up when I first signed up for the service. And just when I was about to read it then I found out it was about traveling. Lot’s of it. I am not a travel enthusiast, not even close.

But I still tried it; maybe I might end up liking it as well. Well? I did like it but not as much other people did. I read lots of rave reviews and I kinda figured out and put these pieces as of why they like it, while me…not so much. They were able to connect themselves with the story. In which I confess—shamelessly I must add—utterly failed in that aspect. I do get the story, I sort of like the characters as well. I was just not that engrossed to the book’s theme. While I’m well traveled (just around our country) it’s definitely not my turf.

In a way this book reminds me of my favorite josei manga Honey and Clover by Chica Umino. One of the characters there, Takemoto went on a soul searching journey. To find his art and his identity. Bria Sandoval is kinda like him. She wants to regain her lost artistic side by traveling. I like that over the course of story she got what she wants (her main objective), met new friends along the way and eventually a new love. Isn’t it cute?

So to cut to the chase, I recommend Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard to folks who love traveling. Or those who simply like a good story. Because one way or another you might see yourself in here. You might even consider going on backpacking yourself. (Me? Not really, I love the comfort of city life. LOL) While I’m not totally blown way by it, I still find it cute and readable. Plus there are gorgeous illustrations inside, a way to add little “something” to your reading experience.

Favorite quote:

“Drawings are interpretations, right? By definition. But when I draw a friend, I just can’t interpret it clinically: I see them through a veil of what I know, what I feel. That’s what I meant about the intimacy.”

Final words? Once out, go, buy and read it! That is all. 😉