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This week's pick is one I'm surprised I haven't featured yet! I adored this author's debut, Like Mandarin (see my review), so I'm definitely looking forward to reading her sophomore effort :)
by Kirsten Hubbard
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.
Wanderlove is released March 13, 2012 from Delacorte
It looks so awesome! It's upper-YA and I'm confidant Kirsten will pull it off. Plus, I have a feeling I'll be swooning for Rowan... in exotic locations! I can't wait to read this! Also, the author has some awesome 'extras' (like excerpts!) on her blog that I've been gobbling up :)
What are you waiting on? Leave a link and I'll drop by!
author twitter / blog / website