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Love & Gelato Paperback – May 2, 2017
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Gr 7 Up—Carolina, who prefers Lina, is learning how to cope with her mother's death from pancreatic cancer in a new city and country—Florence, Italy. Thanks to a journal left behind from her mother, Lina embarks on an adventure to discover how choices impact love, friendships, and hope. The novel is fast-paced, with plenty of grin-inducing moments. Readers might be frustrated by Lina's occasional inattentiveness to her new environment, but the writing has charm and contains generous sprinkles of Italian commands and phrases. Lina's capacity for and understanding of love transform beautifully over the course of the novel; the book is not solely about her personal romance but also other characters' interwoven love stories. VERDICT A good addition for teens with wanderlust.—Briana Moore, School Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Lina’s capacity for and understanding of love transform beautifullyover the course of the novel; the book is not solely about her personal romance but also other characters’ interwoven love stories. A good addition for teens with wanderlust." (School Library Journal)
"Lina narrates in a breezy style, her mother's journal entries interwoven to provide revelations at carefully paced intervals.Seasoned with luscious descriptions of Renaissance architecture and Italianfood, a sure bet for fans of romance fiction and armchair travel." (Kirkus)
"Readers will be caught up in this story of romance, family, and what it really means to be loved." (Booklist Online)
"The reader will find it difficult to put this book down." (VOYA starred review) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
I'm pretty young and have not experienced many of the "deeper" elements of life such as break ups or lost family members. I've always been on the lookout for a novel that has a character that's average and a relationship that doesn't begin with instant attraction, but I'm not against a fairytale ending. TL;DR: I'm a teen who isn't extremely critical of literature and is just looking to experience something.
The book has an extremely simple, white-sounding language. White as in a Caucasian in America. It's sometimes overzealous to me, but the simplicity of the wording and descriptions of emotions makes it incredibly easy to inject your own emotions into words.
There is an excellent development of plot, but not so much of characters. Not something particularly deep, but so well-planned and rich with things happening that you're rarely bored and constantly absorbing love, wonderment, discovery, joy, and some struggle. It's a romance interlaced with various other dimensional characters.
This is a book to get lost in. It's practically a fairytale, and one that's really worth reading if you'll let yourself get lost (rather than criticize some of the stereotypical or overly perfect elements of the book). Overall an amazing, worthwhile experience.
This just pulled me out of my reading slump. I bought it for $1.99 on my kindle and what a great $1.99 it was. I now want to explore the Italian countryside, eat buckets and buckets of Gelato and fall in love with an Italian boy. Thank you for clenching my thirst for cute sappy, but not just a love story, story!