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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 the Hardcover 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 the Hardcover edition.
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I was about half-way through the book when I realized this story was not going to pack the emotional punch that I was hoping for, The writing itself seemed underdeveloped and basic and I caught several spelling/grammar errors throughout which just adds to my opinion. I also felt that through the first half, Welch failed to truly capture the emotion in the events she was discussing, particularly in the journal entries she provided which felt very light and fluffy and did not carry the weight that they possibly were supposed to.
Here we have a young girl who has just lost her mom and is sent to live in a foreign country with a man she has never met. To me, this is a substantive life changes that would seem to very heavy and emotional yet I did not feel that while reading
And Ren. Can we talk about him? Cute. Charming. Sweet. He is the epitome of the boy next door and you cannot help but fall for him...but it was almost incredible how for the first half of the story he is her best friend with practically no hint and romantic feelings and then five days later she is in love with him? Don't get me wrong, I totally wanted that relationship to happen, but it seemed very quick and not quite believable. I was not as connected to their story as I'd hoped to be.
But then enters the last half of the story which truly blew me away and gave me everything that I could have possibly wanted from this YA contemporary....mostly. Definitely worth the read
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!
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Can't wait to read more from her. Definitely gave me the travel bug.