Quickie Life Update: So ever since I saw Andreea @ Catsfika had started a 101 things to do in 1001 days project, I made my own. I started it last September and have only done 14 things so far >.> But right now I started my 365 photo challenge which is one of things on the list, and I wanted to share that with you!
Title: Love, Lucy
Author: April Lindner
Published Date: 27th January 2015
Rating: 3 stars
*Thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for sending me a copy for review*
Synopsis: While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.
In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.
Review: Before I say anything about the quality of this book, I think we should all take a moment to admire the cover of this book. Because I love it. ^.^
This book, although having 300 pages was an easy read. I sat down and finished it in a day. The flow was smooth and I was interested in knowing what would happen.
The themes and messages in this book were evident. We have Lucy who wants to do acting, but her parents want her and manage to bribe her into taking a business major and giving up acting for good. Lucy, in the end is torn between pleasing her parents and doing what makes her happy. I think this is a pretty important thing to include in a book because there are so many other teenagers and young adults who face the same problem nowadays! As well as that, friendship plays a large role in this story. Mostly because either she is fighting with a friend, or she is being supported by them. And I loved that because I found the friendship to be really realistic in this novel.
I thought the writing style and the beginning of the story was a bit young. But in the second half of the book, when they leave Italy, things mature again and it goes back to the way I like it. So that wasn’t too bad at all.
|Isn't Italy beautiful?|
Oh, and let me talk about the setting. Half of this is set in Italy, in Florence and Rome. The descriptions were beautiful and seeing as Italy is a place I have never been to myself yet, I know I really want to go now! The book also mentions an Audrey Hepburn movie called Roman Holiday. I am going to make sure see that one soon as well! Oh, and speaking of which this book is based on another one, called A Room with a View. (Which I also have yet to read…)
Although there is a summer romance in here, like a fling, I was impressed by the fact that it was NOT an insta romance. I was basically expecting it because they wouldn’t get too long to know each other. But the way that April Lindner writes it and slowly forms the romance, it doesn’t seem like that at all. Yes, it does happen in a short period of time but it still seemed slow and steady. I have to applaud her author skills for that. There also was a love triangle towards the end, but it was a natural one that wasn’t annoying at all. I mean, if you had a summer fling and it’s still lingering with you when you’re trying to move on, is it really your fault? I think it was the only realistic case where emotions can be torn in two, especially when the guy you really want is one you’re likely to never see again. So again, two things that usually ruin books are written incredibly well here.
I liked all the characters well enough, but no one stood out to me especially! This was a good book overall and I look forward to trying anything else this author writes :)
About the author: April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, due out in January, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.
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Olivia’s Question: Have you been to Italy before?