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BOOKMOBILE Discussion Post: WANDERLOVE

This is the post to chat about WANDERLOVE by Kirsten Hubbard. Please visit the comments section to add your own thoughts to the discussion. Spoiler warnings are in effect!

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Kristin Halbrook is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novels Nobody But Us (HarperTeen, 2013) and Every Last Promise (HarperTeen, 2015). She likes many things.

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10 comments:

  1. One of the things I loved about this novel is the slow-burning romance. Rowan! There is just something I so love about drawn out romantic tension. What about you? Are the slow fires the best?

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    1. The ARE the best! They are just so much more realistic than the insta-love stories. And it makes every look and every almost-touch so much more meaningful. I love that!

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    2. I love that their friendship developed first, with little bits of spark and flirtation here and there. Watching Bria try to navigate that relationship was so delightful--it rang really true and was a major part of what I loved about the book.

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    3. I loved this about Wanderlove, too! I felt like I got to know Rowan and got to care about him along with Bria. All the flirtation and confusion made it so much more satisfying when they finally did kiss.

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  2. This book totally made me want to toss my pack over my shoulders and hit the road. The setting is so well written that I felt itchy and eager to see Central America. What are your thoughts on the setting? Did it make you want to get up and go? Or maybe revisit a place you've already been?

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    1. It made me desperate go back to Costa Rica and explore more!

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    2. All of the bug imagery sort of solidified my hesitance to go to Central America--I really don't do bugs, but it did make me wistful for travel in general :)

      I just remember getting bit by some weird insect in the cloud forest in Ecuador and being so terrified that the little welt would become life-threatening, lol.

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    3. Lol, Crystal! We've heard lots of "Big Bug" stories from Kir, but they only make me *more* fascinated with Central America.

      Ecuador would be amazing!

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  3. One of the things that appealed to me most about WANDERLOVE was that, even though it was a travel story and a love story, it was first and foremost about Bria's search for herself. I felt like that gave the novel a fresh perspective.

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    1. I agree. I really saw it as a love letter to art more than anything. As someone who went through a similar artistic journey (giving up art because of various factors around the end of high school), I loved how accurately Kirsten captured those career tensions and jealousies. Even more, I loved the ultimate conclusion.

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Item Reviewed: BOOKMOBILE Discussion Post: WANDERLOVE Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kristin Halbrook