Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Wish You Were Italian
Release date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

The summer before senior year of high school. It’s supposed to be one of the biggest summers of her life, but Pippa is headed to an art program she has no interest in. The one saving grace is it’s in Italy. And when the opportunity strikes, she decides to ditch the program and travel Italy accomplishing her own list of goals. Things like swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, eating a whole pizza in one sitting…and falling in love with an Italian boy!

As she explores the famous cities of Rome and Pompeii, Pippa finds herself falling for two boys: a local guy she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student who keeps disappearing and reappearing at the strangest moments. Will Pippa find her true love before her parents find out the truth about her summer program?

My Rating: 4 Roses

Light, fun, and totally sweet, Wish You Were Italian was a true delight. From the wonderfully described Italian scenery, to the adorable romance, this book was fantastic. Loved it!

The best part of this book, hands down, was the wonderful description of the Italian sites the characters visit. Not only the visual of the monuments, but the awestruck feeling you get when you see something so old and magnificent. The author did a great job encompassing what it feels like to see the ancient sites, which the history nerd in me really appreciated.

Pippa was a lovely heroine. She was a realistic, likable character. After being constantly pressured by her mother, she uses her exile to an art school in Italy to break free and follow her dream of photographing historical sites. I really liked her character and I thought she was great.

The two love interests were Bruno (the Italian) and Darren (the American archaeology student). They were both adorable in their own ways. Bruno was, well, as super hot Italian. What more do I need to say? But, seriously, he was utterly charming and could be a real sweetie when he wanted to be.

Darren was also amazing. This guy was so sweet and adorable and so heart-meltingly nice. He was the kind of sweetie that you can't help but fall for. Needless to say, I adored him as well.

The romance was very sweet. I won't say which guy won out, but I will say that the romance was well done an totally cute.

The plot was well paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The story was so fun and sweet as a spoonful of gelato (sorry, I couldn't help myself). I enjoyed every bit of it and the ending was absolutely lovely.

Wish You Were Italian was a wonderful, light, and fun YA romance. I really enjoyed reading this fantastic book. From beginning to end, this delight of a book and just lovely. YA lovers, if you want a light read that's guaranteed to make you smile, then this is your book.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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