Denise Mealy | The Children’s Book Review | June 25, 2014
Paperback: 272 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers (March 11, 2014)
What to expect: Romance, Drama, Friendship, Scenic Settings, Italian Culture
When Violet came to Italy for her summer abroad, she knew she’d learn all about local culture, cuisine and art. And when she connects with heart-melting Luca, she knows her life will never be the same. But a terrible, dark family secret is pushing them apart. If it’s true, they’ll never be together. And if that isn’t bad enough, Violet must negotiate the drama of a sordid affair between a teacher and one of her roommates, in addition to the normal jealousy and secrets between any group of girls thrown together for a summer. Can feisty, loveable Violet solve the mystery of her family secret, or will she wind up alone?
This enchanting romp through the Italian countryside will have any girl, or girl at heart, melting with jealousy. Cute Italian boys and breathtakingly described scenery will make readers want to grab their passports. Author Lauren Henderson, who spent several years living in Tuscany, nails the cultural nuances and quirky differences between local Italians and foreigners. Drawing on her own experiences eating pizza and diving into hot springs, Henderson gives us a glimpse into the exciting world of summers abroad. Well written, light-hearted and a perfect match for readers of contemporary romance novels by authors like Deb Caletti and Susane Colasanti.
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About the Author
LAUREN HENDERSON is the author of Flirting in Italian and Kissing in Italian, the Scarlett Wakefield series, and several acclaimed “tart noir” mystery novels for adults, as well as the witty romance handbook, Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating. Lauren was born and raised in London, where she lives with her husband. Visit: laurenhenderson.net
Read our TCBR exclusive interview with Lauren Henderson.