Series: If Only #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pub Date: May 6th 2014
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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?
Wish You Were Italian was the type of book that when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. What would Pippa do next? Would she see Darren? Would they finally kiss? Would she (please!) forget about Bruno??? Where would she visit next??
While I could’ve devoured this book in one weekend, I stretched it out a little longer because I wanted to savor it. And yes, it not only made me want to desperately visit and explore Italy, it totally made me a gelato fan (Favorite? Southern Buttered Pecan by Talenti).
I loved how Pippa was young in so many ways, but mature and determined enough to explore Italy on her own, without her parents knowing. Was it risky and dangerous? Of course! Did I totally forget about those two things until her dad brings it up at the end? You betcha! And I really shouldn’t have so easily done so, considering I’m a mom and I have a daughter, lol. Oops. I mean, Pippa’s best friend and Gram knew where she was and she kept in contact with everyone by email mostly, so it wasn’t completely reckless. But anyway…I loved Pippa. She was sweet and funny and I was totally rooting for her to have the time of her life.
Pippa has two very different guys in the picture, but to her it’s clear who the real contender for her heart is. That doesn’t mean she gives in easily, but it does make for some fun tension between the two. No, there isn’t really a love triangle, so don’t worry. It’s not really like that.
I very much was a fan of Darren. I thought he was adorable and sweet and perfect for Pippa. Their relationship builds from friendship to something more at a good pace I think, but I was ready for them to just make out already. Ha! I did appreciate how Kristin Rae wrote Bruno to be a redeemable “bad” guy. He makes mistakes but he also makes things right. I also loved Pippa’s girlfriends, both back home and in Italy. Yay for positive girlfriend relationships!
Overall Wish You Were Italian was the perfect cute Summer read. If you’re in need for something that will make you smile this is the book you want in your hands.