Saturday, 4 April 2015

Love, Lucy (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

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
Publisher: Poppy
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.
 
Giveaway Time! Win one of five hardcover copies of Love, Lucy. Open US only! Running from now until April 7th!
 

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Olivia’s Question: Have you been to Italy before?

Olivia-Savannah x

34 comments:

  1. The fact that you finished it in one day speaks volumes for the book. I do like the cover too; very attractive. :)

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  2. This one is on my wishlist and I can't wait to read it. Great review!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when you get around to reading it!

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  3. Lovely review :) And no, I have never been to Italy but I plan to visit Rome in the future.

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    1. I would love to visit Rome at some point as well. I hope to go there soon <3 I am sure you will love it when you go!

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  4. This makes me want to pack my bag and head to Florence this very moment. :)

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  5. I remember when I first seen this cover, I thought it was the cutest thing ever! I'm a sucker for contemporaries, so I know for sure I'm going to enjoy this . . . hopefully lol. I always love reading books that are set in other countries, and I don't think I've ventured into Italy or Rome just yet so I'm definitely picking this up soon!

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    1. The cover is lovely <3 And it's a good contemporary! I hope you do like it. Books with different settings always steal my heart and make me want to travel.

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  6. This book sounds awesome! I will be sure to check it out soon.

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    1. I hope you do! It was a good read :D

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  7. I am absolutely in love with the cover of this book <3 Haha I might just read it because of that. And Italy really does sound beautiful. I'm going there at the end of this year, so maybe I should read Love, Lucy while there ;) ;)

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. It really is a beautiful one ^.^ It was one of the main reasons I decided to pick it up! It's really cool that you will be going to Italy - you have to tell me all about it when you get back!

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  8. The book sounds promising and Italy sounds fantastic! Well-written review Olivia! :-)

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    1. Italy does sound like a lovely place that I would love to visit someday!

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  9. Hmm, it looks nice, but I REALLY can't take young writing style, not if the book is not a middle grade or children's book. I just know by experience :/ Anyway, great review nonetheless!!

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    1. Then maybe this one is not for you :/ Thanks for coming by Lola!

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  10. Looks really interesting, thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for commenting :D

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  11. What a good review. If I didn't trip over at first sight, I sure did after reading through your review. And yes; beautiful settings. Kindly visit www.thepinkjournalng.blogspot.com.

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  12. I think I get what you mean. They fell for each other in a short period of time, but since they were together so much, it doesn't feel like it at all, because they got to make experiences with each other before setting foot in THAT field. I remember Jasprit @ The Reader's Den also loving this and I really want to try it out. I mean, come on! ITALY! It's a lovely place for romance!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. You've pretty much hit the nail on the head with explaining why it doesn't seem like an instalove!

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  13. The fact that it's not about insta-love is what immediately makes me want to read it! YAY. I like me some fluffy cute romance, and I'm glad this was a solid read. :)

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    1. Yes, happy romances are in dire need at some times! This one definitely fulfilled that :)

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  14. Hi Olivia! I have never been to Italy. Or shall I say never had any flight to other countries. I heard Love, Lucy is such a cute fast read and your prove it! I hope to read it soon. :)

    www.paperboulevard.com

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    1. I hope you do get to travel in the future! It truly is a wonderful experience. I can't wait to hear what you think of it too ^.^

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  15. I heard mainly praise for this novel, so I do want to check it out for myself - it sounds like a cute, fluffy novel - I haven't read too many of them lately. Great review<3 <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Yes, it's a really cute romance and perfectly light-hearted as well.

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  16. I need to read this one!! I love the idea of backpacking, it has been on my mind for a while. And also the cover, gosh! Italy! *_*

    I wanted to start the 365 photo challenge this year at my birthday but I totally forgot :S

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    1. Well, you could always start whenever? I picked a pretty random date to start mine. I would love to go backpacking someday too.

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  17. Nice review. This one seems like an okay read but probably not something that I will be in any hurry to read. Although, I have to admit, I really love the cover for this one.

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    1. Not every book is for everyone! And yes, the cover is nice :3

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