Out of the Nest: An Italian Summer (The Italian Saga) (Volume 2) Paperback – January 18, 2016
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Very true to my experience of being a teenager in Italy. Reading about Leda's adventures brought me back to my childhood/adolescence and put a smile on my face. The story is sweet and captivating, highly addictive book!-- Marilena P --Amazon
it was amazing!!! I have never laughed so hard in my life.--Zarsanga Jalalzai --Goodreads
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.02 pounds
- Paperback : 362 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0996805117
- ISBN-13 : 978-0996805117
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.91 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Kuki Publishing (January 18, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,655,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a good follow-up to the first book, and while I did like the new set of characters, I have to admit, I missed the old gang. I was hoping to see a bit more of Nico the Thug, particularly since there's a hint of chemistry between him and Lee. Although out of sight throughout most of the book, his influence on Lee was always predominant as many of her decisions were based on his impression of her and how much she's trying to prove him wrong. I don't know if any of the new characters left an impression on me, but what I did like about them was how much they challenged Lee to take risks and how much impact they had on her development, which made her come alive a lot more in this book than the first book.
This was a very hormone-driven tale, which wasn't too surprising given the kids were at that age of curiosity, but some of the topics discussed did surprise me, especially the wealth of information and knowledge some of the kids possessed. Lee often appeared mature for her age, which I did notice in the first book, but in this case, she seemed a little too mature at times, particularly when it came to her giving advice on relationships. Being as young and inexperienced as she is, her maturity sometimes came off feeling a little forced and not altogether authentic. I much preferred when she was confused and clueless as to how to handle her emotions. Take her relationship with Gio, for instance. This soon-to-be seventeen year-old hunk captures her heart at first sight, and she has no idea how to react around him. Her character shines in these moments, and that's when you truly get to connect with her. Gio was a little full on and borderline creepy, mind you. Lee was eleven, after all, so the panic and intimidation brought on by his advances came across as very genuine. I'm really warming to Lee. She's starting to feel very real.
I'm loving this series so far. I imagine there's a lot more drama and romance heading Lee's way as she approaches her teens. I have no idea what's ahead for Lee, but I'm sure it will involve chaos and heartache; what every good coming of age story needs. A jolly good read indeed.
I received a free copy of this in hopes of an honest review.
Add to that the frustration of dealing with the bad grammar, wrong word choice and choppy flow in general, and what you get is one bad read.
Gaia captures the flavor of Italy and more important the flavor and quintessence of childhood and adolescence in this immensely readable book. She has us from the first words of her well-placed Prologue – ‘September 1990, Arese, a small town in the Milan province, Northern Italy As I stared at his face, I understood the question he dared not ask. He glued his gaze on me, a slight blush betraying feelings I had not suspected. We had always been friends. I had never looked at him that way, but I allowed myself to: he was so darn handsome. His wild hair made him seem like the rebel he pretended to be. Instead, he was sweet and sincere even if, on one occasion or two, he had done rather questionable deeds. Boys will be boys. I knew he could be a jerk. His mesmerizing eyes, locked on mine, held no promise of that. He interrupted my catatonic state with his question. “Lee, do you want to be my girlfriend?” Was it possible that the love of my life had been there all along?‘
So we continue a memoir on a highflying adventure that restores memories that are too often tucked away in dreams to be dealt with later. ‘Italy, 1990. At eleven, Leda is a strong-headed bookworm and a tomboy who can’t fit anywhere as her world splits into girls and boys. Puberty is nonsensical and irritating until she falls victim to her first crush…On the background of the 14th FIFA soccer world cup Leda deals with middle school, periods, and first kisses in what will be the best summer of her life. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Northern Italy and Tuscany, this funny, moving, and insightful memoir will have preteens and adults laugh and cry, empowering girls and women to be their brave true selves.’
And the discoveries continue – spilled out over the Italian countryside of Northern Italy Read for the joy of it – and for some very subtle encouragement about coping and secrets and growing into wise adults. Grady Harp, December 17
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So I loved this book completely too, but I don't give the fifth star in this review only for the fact that we still don't have a clue at the end of the story about what is going to happen to Leda and her 'friends' in book 3 and I can't wait to read the new one, and maybe this is exactly what the author wants.
Great writing that keeps your attention.