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Finding Leda, The Science of Happiness (The Italian Saga) (Volume 5) Paperback – February 6, 2018
Amman's writing is addictive, candid, hilarious, and evocative as she describes the powerful conflict between irresistible attraction and common sense --Renni Acre, author of His Huntress
One of the best - and definitely the worst - thing about this book is it is SO HARD to put down! Sometimes in life, you just can't wait to see what happens... it's the same with Leda. Well written, engaging, some really good insight and tips for life. FANTASTIC! --Susan Byrde, author of Bruce's Fall
I really loved this book. It appears this is going to be a series and I'm anxious to see how it goes. I loved the setting, the time period, and the characters. I felt this was beautifully and truthfully written. The author captures the 90's feel very well. I think that Leda's list for happiness transcends time and is just as applicable now. Leda is a smart, strong character who is learning not to be afraid of being herself. --Autumn Friedli, Librarian
About the Author
Gaia B. Amman was born and raised in Italy. She moved to the United States in her twenties to pursue her PhD in molecular biology. She's currently a professor of biology at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, where she was voted "the professor of the month" by her students. Her research and commentaries have been published in prestigious, international, peer-reviewed journals, including Nature.
A bookworm from birth, she wrote throughout her childhood and won two short story competitions in Italy in her teens. Gaia is an avid traveler, and many of her adventures are an inspiration for her fiction. Mostly she is passionate about people and the struggles they face to embrace life. Her highest hope is to reach and help as many as she can through her writing and her teaching. She authored the Indie Author Guide, the LGBTQ sci-fi fantasy Linked—Will Empathy Save the United Terrestrial Democracy?, The Italian Saga, a series of four novels that follows Leda’s adventures from childhood through the end of high school, and the Sonder Series, of which you just read volume one. The books, light-hearted and funny at first sight, deal with issues like sexuality, divorce, friendship, abuse, first love, and self discovery.
Among Amman’s favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Jandy Nelson, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Antoine de Saint Exupèry.
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This is a really hard review for me to write, as I did not love this but I also did not hate it. But, it just was not for me. I do not like leaving a full rating when reviewing a book when I do not finish it as I do not find it fair to rate it that way. However; Amazon does not allow you to not put a star rating. Unfortunately, I just could not get into the writing style. After a few pages in, I had no clue what was going on or what they were talking about. I ended up DNFing this as I just could not find myself getting lost into the story.
So, I cannot say what I would give this overall.
I have a love-hate relationship with this book. It started well, the middle bit was endless, and the ending was pretty good.
I can relate to Leda on so many levels. I have not had a single heartbreak yet, but “Finding Leda” is what I’m currently undergoing. I am “Finding Pari”, I suppose, and Leda did things that she wouldn’t have dreamt of. She was inspirational most times. But at times, as lost as she feels she is, there are a ton of things that’s keeping her alive, but she’s struggling to find the things she loves. She’s doing biotech because she couldn’t study literature, and it’s a little demeaning for the subject of biotechnology. I can totally tell that she’s not a science student from the way everything surprises her, and I actually find that endearing. I also loved the fact that in 1998, she was a feminist. She was strong and bold enough to go for what she wanted.
But there were times that I got annoyed. Leda blaming Sergio and vice-versa for running away was just a tad bit unnecessary and annoying. I wanted to slap some sense into each of them when they thought the other was ignoring them. I loved Lexi, I loved Starry and Sergio. Claudio was boring. I don’t even know what she saw in him. Fabio was really cute and Addy was plain annoying.
The Italian culture throughout the book was fascinating. My favourite word was “culo”, which I didn’t even have to look up. Leda just says, “My Culo” and I understand. Somehow.
Recommendation: If you like stories of coming-of-age, discovering oneself, you’ll love this one!