Good Reads Summary
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.
I'm keeping it short again:
So, I'm from a place where tourism is the main economy... and maybe I'm not alone, but I have teeny tiny disdain for tourists. Not all toursits though just the good majority who gawk. I simply hate the gawking, and since one travels /tours to see the different, the gawking shouldn't come as a surprise. So when Rowan broaches the idea that travellesr ought not forget that people live in places they visited and that locals live there 24/7. He puts in words what I couldn't, that he found it slightly peculiar for a traveller to want a sanitized version of the place. well, he made sense to me. However, I wouldn't go as far as saying as he did, that travellers owe it to the locals to toughen up and bare it, but it's just that I simply despise the gawking.
To say that pieces of this book, no, moments with Rowan resounded with me, is an understatement. But beyond his bits of travel wisdom, there's Bria and her conflict as well. All that off hand lying did not bode well. But she grew on me as she grew in the book. And her conflict? Her Arts? Her past? Well, I'd have punched Toby in the nads, just saying.