Thursday, May 22, 2014

Title: Wish You Were Italian
Author: Kristin Rae
Series: If Only, book #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Source: from publisher via Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Pippa is in Italy for the summer and, despite her parents’ wishes, she has no intention of just studying the local art! She has a list of things of her own to do: from swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to getting a makeover – and falling for an Italian boy! As Pippa explores the dramatic ruins of Rome and Pompeii, she is swept into her own drama with two guys: an irresistible local she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student . . . Will she find her true love?

The perfect reckless romance to enjoy whether you are home or abroad.

I’m not sure why books like this draw me in. I honestly have little desire to visit Italy or any of those countries with all their old monuments and stuff. I’m not into that. Give me a hot beach with clear blue water, that’s my thing. But I really like reading about people visiting these places!

Who needs to actually visit these places when I’ve already been there in my head, right? I have to say I liked this one. I didn’t love it, but it was cute. I actually finished it on the ride to our cruise ship vacation.

My biggest issue with it was just the whole unrealistic-ness about it. Which normally doesn’t bother me, but all of the events are pretty far stretched. Pippa lands in Rome and decides to skip out on the art program without the parents knowledge and live for the rest of the summer traveling around. Everything falls into place and it seems to work out for her at first, but there is no way she wouldn’t have gotten caught pretty much right away if it was real life.

All of that aside it was good! I wasn’t a fan of Bruno. Ugh. But Darren was adorable. It’s not all that serious, it comes across as a pretty fluffy read for the most part.

Point blank, it’s great for a summer read. Starting off vacation I wasn’t in the mood for anything too deep, and this was just the thing I needed.

About the author:

Lover of books, music, chocolate, and crafty things. YA writer represented by Marietta Zacker of the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN comes out May 6, 2014 from Bloomsbury!

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  1. That triangle thing isn't boding well with me, to be honest. So I think I'll pass.

    Great review, Jen.

  2. Ah, I'm sorry this was just so-so for you, April. I thought it was pretty adorable, and it was exactly what I needed at the time. I admit, it takes some suspension of belief, but I can see the whole thing being somewhat plausible under the right circumstances. I wish I'd had an adventure like this at that age! :D

    1. yeah, most times I don't mind the unbelievable stuff, I think it has to do with my mood too. Just was looking for something a little more wow. I did really like it though, it was adorable for the most part! :)

      and ... lol


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