Friday, May 16, 2014

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Wish You Were Italian (If Only . . . #2)Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wish You Were Italian Pippa is in Italy for the summer and, despite her parents’ wishes, she has no intention of just studying the local art! She has a list of things of her own to do: from swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to getting a makeover – and falling for an Italian boy! As Pippa explores the dramatic ruins of Rome and Pompeii, she is swept into her own drama with two guys: an irresistible local she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student . . . Will she find her true love?

The perfect reckless romance to enjoy whether you are home or abroad.(

My Review
Oh, wow, Wish You were Italian was an amazing book! Every time I think about it, it puts a smile on my face (day after I finished it). This is a book that I would read again, um, like pretty much anytime I feel like a little Italy and Darren.

Why you ask (as if the description isn't enough)?

Italy! I love Europe, and Italy is definitely a place that I would love to go to if I ever get a chance to travel around Europe. I already knew that before I read the book, but now I really really want to go! The descriptions were amazing! I loved how the author described everything and made me feel like I was really there as the main character.

Pippa was very strong and witty, and this was a great coming of age story about finding yourself and who you really are. I love stories like that, and this one was a very good one, as Pippa took a stand for what she wanted to do with her life. The photography was a really nice touch too.

I loved the friendship in this book. Pippa's Grandma was always there for her, and more of a parent to her than her own mother was. Her best friend was also always there for her and made a journal/goal book for Pippa to take with her - I'll just say that was really nice, and interesting. Then she made new friends in Italy (can't tell you all about them, or I'd ruin the book).

There was Bruno. Then there was Darren! Figured out my favorite yet? Well, Bruno is the bad boy who has some issues (I'm not into the bad boys), but he did have some nice qualities. Can Pippa help him turn his life around? Darren is an archaeologist from America, and he was pretty much amazing! He was so sweet and kind and smart, I'll stop there.

Wish You were Italian definitely made me swoon a little! I was smiling and saying aww, and laughing right along, and turning more pages of this un put downable book! The banter between Pippa and the boys (especially one in particular) was amazing! While great banter isn't the only thing that makes up a great book, it is one of the qualities I look for, and this book did not disappoint.

While this book is fun and at times light, there are family issues and heavy things, but they were essential to the book. (I cried a lot toward the beginning of the end, just a warning).

Overall I didn't like this book. Just kidding, weren't you paying attention? I loved it! It was a wonderful transportation to Italy, amazing descriptions and sites included, Italians and Italian (the language)and Italian accents, friendship, family, finding and standing up for yourself, finding love, and Darren!

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley, but was not required to review it. This in no way affected my honest opinion of this book.

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