Publisher: Poppy | Pages: 290
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Travel
While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food … and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse have to be, does it?
In this stunning novel, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.
Seriously such a cute contemporary read. I am so so so happy I picked this one up. Not only was it charming and adorable, but it was just written so well. I picked it up on a whim one day at my local bookstore purely based on its cover and simple title. This book is apparently considered to be a retelling of Room with a View by E.M. Forster and after reading this novel, I’m curious to read that book and make a comparison between the two.
Lindner did a fantastic job at writing a main character I really enjoyed the whole way through. Lucy reminded me of every teenage girl and was super relatable. Her journey through Italy, her relationship with her friend Charlene and her inevitable love for Jesse were all aspects of the book I thoroughly enjoyed.
My favourite part of this book was the wanderlust it gave me for Italy. While only a small portion of the book took place in Italy, Lindner really made it jump through the pages for me and I really loved it. I can’t wait for the next time that I’ll be able to go back for a visit!
I loved this book and I think I enjoyed it so much because it had a similar vibe to Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (read my review here). Pick this book up if you love cute, contemporary novels with an Italian flair!
Favourite Quote: “Even if it hurts, I’ll always remember Jesse.”
About the Author:
Author of three young adult novels and two poetry collections. She’s an English professor at Saint Joseph’s University, where she teaches all kinds of writing.
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