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Flirting in Italian Hardcover – June 12, 2012

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Gr 8 Up-After seeing an 18th-century painting of an Italian aristocrat who could pass for her twin, Violet Routledge convinces her mother to send her to a study course in Tuscany. She has to find out if there's any connection between her and the girl in the painting, and in the meantime, she can get to know some of those famously handsome Italian boys. Violet stays in a villa with three other students and the family of Elisa, the woman who runs the program. It's a beautiful home but her experience is tarnished a bit by the nastiness of Elisa's daughter. Violet is feeling a little uncertain of her decision to spend time abroad until she encounters dark, mysterious, and downright hot Luca. He just so happens to be the heir to a nearby castle that just so happens to be the castle featured in the painting that Violet is dying to know more about. Flirting stays true to its title: Henderson delivers lots of crushing and a bit of mystery with a dash of Italian 101. Although the romance is appropriate for teens, the book has more of an adult chick-lit feel. The story stops without resolution and although a follow-up is planned, the abrupt ending breeds a bit more disappointment than anticipation. Readers who enjoyed Stephanie Perkins's Anna and the French Kiss (Dutton, 2010) will be interested in Henderson's tale of European romance.-Emily Chornomaz, Camden County Library System, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"Violet morphs into a funny, caustic observer, comparing and contrasting teen cultures and mores--American, British, Italian."—Kirkus Reviews
"Cute Italian boys, jealous Italian girls . . . and plenty of tantalizing romance."—Publishers Weekly
"Flirting stays true to its title: Henderson delivers lots of crushing and a bit of mystery with a dash of Italian 101."—School Library Journal
"If you're lucky enough to study abroad this summer . . . enjoy! But if you're like us, you'll have to live vicariously through hilarious and loveable Brit Violet."—Justine Magazine

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385741359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385741354
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo on June 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Fun and enjoyable, Flirting In Italian is packed with sexy Italian boys, gorgeously depicted European settings, mysteries, mean girls, and long hot summer nights. It's the ultimate summer read - light-hearted, and as sweet and fluffy as cotton candy. Don't be fooled by the beautiful pastel-coloured cover, though, this book is more than just a silly story about girls kissing boys in Italy. Featuring long buried family secrets, mysterious Italian paintings, and an old castle on the hill, Flirting In Italian entertains the reader with tension that is slowly (but steadily) building up throughout its pages, and danger that is lurking just around the corner.

The premise of this novel is too delicious to miss out on. The romantic countryside of Tuscany, a lovely fourteenth-century villa (with a swimming pool!), and two months of learning Italian, participating in art tours, watercolour painting and ballroom dancing - how could you possibly say no to all that? I enjoyed the setting of this novel and thought that Lauren Henderson managed to capture both the unique atmosphere of Italy, and the temperamental nature of Italians really well.

Violet Routledge, a teenage girl from London, arrives in Italy on a mission. Back at home, while visiting a local museum, she stumbled upon a portrait featuring some unknown Italian aristocrat who looks exactly like herself and could easily be her twin. Fascinated by the painting, Violet decided to learn more about the model, and find out if she's in any way related to her. She convinced her mother to send her to Italy for a two month long private course, under the excuse of learning Italian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JennRenee on July 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The title and the cover drew me to this book. I think both are really cute and sound like a fun book. I have read some of the
Scarlet Wakefield series by this author and hoped there would be some mystery in this story too. And there was.

The story is about a girl, Violet, who loves art. She finds a painting in a museum of a woman that looks like she could be her twin. Curious, Violet decides to take off to Italy and search for the origin of the painting. She feels that there must be a connection. Once she is there she finds an Italian boy, 3 unlikely friends, a jealous enemy, and more mystery and danger than she expected.

The story was really enjoyable. Violet was a really easy character to like and relate too. She acted and though for the most part like any other teenage girl. Violets roommates were also very fun, all uniquely different enough to spark some fire into the relationships. They are quite the foursome and one would never see all of them hanging out together, but they work.

There is a bit of a love story, actually the romance is a big part of the story. The first half, maybe a little more, was devoted to Violet and her friends going out and finding boys to fall for. Violet seems to fall for a pseudo bad boy, Luca. One moment he is sweet and sexy and then he says something ridiculous that made me laugh and slap him too. Violet seemed to have much of the same reaction. They had some real chemistry with a bit of a language and cultural snag. Their relationship was definitely a plus to this story.

The other part of the book was devoted to the mystery of the painting. Luca lives in the castle where the painting can be traced back to. Luca's mother and staff seemed to think that Violet looks a lot like Luca's aunt at a very young age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah @ Paperback Treasures on June 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I started out liking this book. The set-up is interesting - Violet finds a portrait in an art museum of a person who looks exactly like her, and she wants to find out who that is, and if she's somehow related to them. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that this book is new adult, since it takes place the summer after high school (or the British equivalent), which I'm always a fan of. At the beginning, I was very intrigued where the whole story is going.

But then, sadly, it started going downhill, for me. Violet's character annoyed me. I'm not even sure why, but something about her just bugged me. She's melodramatic and makes a huge deal out of every little thing, which frustrated me throughout the book. There were a few moments I could relate to, but most of the time, something about Violet's personality just annoyed me.

The romance aspect is weak, in my opinion. Luca is hot, but that's all he has going for him. I never had a clear picture of Luca's personality, or why he did what he did - some of his actions made no sense to me whatsoever. I didn't feel any chemistry between him and Violet, which killed the romance storyline for me.

Then there's the mystery. That storyline held a lot of promise, but I'm not a fan of the execution. That's mainly because of the ending. The ending is what I disliked most about this book. The ending... well, there is no ending. There's a revelation that tells us absolutely nothing we didn't know before but is presented in a very dramatic way, and then... nothing. Apparently, there's going to be a sequel to this book, which I did not know coming in. I know I can't really judge this, since I haven't read the sequel, but I just think that's unnecessary.
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