Wandering Wild by Jessica TaylorWandering Wild by Jessica Taylor

Wandering Wild

byJessica Taylor

Hardcover | May 3, 2016

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"I believe in possibility. Of magic, of omens, of compasses, of love. Some of it's a little bit true."

Sixteen-year-old Tal is a Wanderer—a grifter whose life is built around the sound of wheels on the road, the customs of her camp, and the artful scams that keep her fed. With her brother, Wen, by her side, it's the only life she's ever known. It's the only one she's ever needed.

Then, in a sleepy Southern town, the queen of cons picks the wrong mark when she meets Spencer Sway—the clean-cut Socially Secured boy who ends up hustling her instead of the other way around. For the first time, she sees a reason to stay. As her obligations to the camp begin to feel like a prison sentence, the pull to leave tradition behind has never been so strong.

But the Wanderers live by signs, and all the signs all say that Tal and Spencer will end disaster and grief. Is a chance at freedom worth almost certain destruction?

Wandering Wild is an achingly romantic journey of tradition and self-discovery—a magical debut.
Jessica Taylor adores sleepy Southern settings, unrequited love, and characters who sneak out late at night. After graduating from law school, she realized she'd rather write her own stories than read dusty law books. She lives in Northern California with a sweet-yet-spoiled dog and several teetering towers of books.Visit her online at...
Title:Wandering WildFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.3 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:Sky PonyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1510704000

ISBN - 13:9781510704008


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Refreshing Look at a Different Kind of Life Wandering Wild has me at a loss for words. It's a story that opened my eyes to another world. I loved how different the story felt even if looking back at it, nothing major stood out. The pacing of the book felt slow at times but I enjoyed the overall development of the story. We're always given bits and pieces of new information to go on whether it was the present condition of the Wanderers or the flashbacks of the pack's history. The story arc was engaging enough to keep me reading. I wanted to know what and where the end game was. Talia is a very pessimistic person but I loved her unapologetic attitude and cautious personality. She comes off as strong but she's really just a girl searching for her way. A way for her to be herself and do the things her heart desires. Her bond with her brother Wen was so sweet. Working in tandem they ran quite a few successful jobs. Their combined quick-wit also got them out of a few troubling situations. Nothing stopped Talia from working towards earning her freedom and Wen was right there beside her. Spencer Sway was a great love interest. He was brave and patient. I love him so much for giving Talia a chance. He saw the real her and didn't hesitate one bit. It was cute to see him help her~ I love the relationship Tal forms with Spencer. Dare I say the childhood connection they unknowingly shared drew them together. It was really just a memory of a moment but it was special. When they first meet, it was all fun and easy with lots of banters and play-mocking but gradually, their relationship grew. It became serious- a lot more than either of them could've imagined and I 100% rooted for them. Some of the scams Talia and Wen ran were clever. They played on people's most basic reactions and common senses. Everyone's a little greedy even if most won't admit to it. I totally learned a few tricks from this book! Not that I'd be using any of them but some are good to know in case I need to keep an eye out ;) All in all I enjoyed Wandering Wild and its depiction of a Wanderer life. I'm a person who likes to stay in one place so I appreciate the perspective this book was able to convey. It was refreshingly different so I say give it a read.
Date published: 2016-05-12

Editorial Reviews

"A moving portrayal of young love, family, and hope, a combination that steals your heart on every page." —John Corey Whaley, Michael L. Printz Award winner and National Book Award finalist"Jessica Taylor's prose is exquisite, her characters authentic, and her plot imaginative. Tal is brave, flawed, and clever—a YA heroine who won't soon be forgotten!" —Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of Side Effects May Vary and Dumplin'"Tal is a vibrant and compelling, and the questions she confronts—what belonging means, how to find your place in the world even when it looks nothing like what you expected—are gripping. Wandering Wild is a romantic and hauntingly beautiful tale of how we fight for what, and who, we love." —Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Conviction"Wandering Wild is a beautiful, tempestuous read, filled with struggle and discovery. Descriptions of the open road, and of the thrill of striking off to someplace new will make you want to wander, even as you come to see that even the freest person can still be trapped. By the end, you'll embrace your own wild impulses." —Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Antigoddess"Full of thieves and vagabonds, authentic romance, and a hint of magical realism, Wandering Wild is as compelling as the call of the open road." —Katherine Longshore, author of Gilt* "Taylor’s story about a teenage girl and her complicated life is a stunning debut in the world of young adult novels. . . . This story is told in a first-person female point of view with a voice that is honest and real. The raw emotion of the protagonist will immediately draw readers into Talia’s plight. The setting of the story is unique and fascinating. . . . [A] realistic coming-of-age story about love, family, and change that will appeal to readers who like stories with romance." --VOYA 5Q 4P (starred review)“The unlikely romance at the core of the novel is charmingly realistic . . . The strength of this debut novel is in the tantalizing development of character and setting as the story unfolds and Tal seeks her path in life.” —Kirkus Reviews“[T]hought provoking. Despite her life of grift, readers will root for Tal and her nascent moral compass. A very enjoyable debut featuring an appealing protagonist in unusual circumstances; add to coming-of-age collections.” —School Library Journal"Taylor's debut novel is spiritedly paced, with tension increasing as Tal is pulled between her Wanderer identity and her romance with Spencer. Lively characters showcase the lore and traditions within the group, including the Spirit of the Falconer they believe protects them, as Tal is forced to make a decision that will affect all in her path." --Publishers Weekly