I could picture it already.
I would glide from ruin to ruin along La Ruta Maya, in a caravan of beautiful, happy people, and I’d be the mysterious one, gracious and profound. Butterflies would float down from the jungle canopy and alight on my bronzed skin. I would wear silver necklaces and ankle-length skirts that shifted in the breeze.
And above all else, I would do what Olivia suggested I do, the day after Toby broke up with me: I’d only hook up with guys I didn’t care about. From now until forever. So when we parted ways, I could easily forget.
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.
Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry into this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.
“Hubbard’s second novel, following Like Mandarin, is rich with the unexpected joys and tribulations of new experiences … Bria’s charged relationship with Rowan and the vast emotional and physical territory Hubbard covers make for an evocative and romantic read.”
“Hubbard has crafted delightfully complex characters who are fresh and realistic… The romance between Bria and Rowan is constantly on a slow burn, leaving readers wondering until the end–will they or won’t they end up together?”
“The romantic tension between Rowan and Bria is palpable … With an extraordinary setting, delicately rendered and well informed by Hubbard’s years as a guide to Central American travel on About.com, this becomes a wonderful story of kindred souls in a land of beauty, illuminated by Hubbard’s own drawings.”
“Thrillingly romantic, smart and funny.”
“This journey will resonate with anyone who has braved the unknown in search of adventure — and ended up finding themselves in the process.”
~Andrea J. Buchanan, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Daring Book for Girls