Author: Kristin Rae
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: e-ARC from publisher via Netgalley (Thank you, Bloomsbury!)
Pippa has always wanted to go to Italy … but not by herself. And certainly not to sit in art school the entire summer learning about dead guys’ paintings. When she steps off the plane in Rome, she realizes that traveling solo gives her the freedom to do whatever she wants. So it’s arrivederci, boring art program and ciao, hot Italian guys!
Charming, daring, and romantic, Bruno is just the Italian Pippa’s looking for—except she keeps running into cute American archeology student Darren everywhere she goes. Pippa may be determined to fall in love with an Italian guy … but the electricity she feels with Darren says her heart might have other plans. Can Pippa figure out her feelings before her parents discover she left the program and—even worse—she loses her chance at love?
There are moments in life when we wish to do something yet our fears hold us back. Can relate? The book I’m reviewing on my blog today might be the one for you!
Wish You Were Italian is the definition of a worthwhile self-discovery. It is a tale that will truly inspire readers (especially teens) to face their fears, go on an adventure, and grab the opportunities that come their way. I really love it when a novel encapsulates everything that a person goes through in life. Not only do readers relate to the story but also feel that they’re a part of it.
With a fantastic cast of characters, Wish You Were Italian is such an enjoyable read! Pippa, the protagonist, is so admirable. Her transition from a girl who has a lot of inhibitions to a girl who takes a leap of faith is the most outstanding aspect of the story. Also, the decisions Pippa made in her trip to Italy led to her best chance at independence and freedom. Because of that, she is remarkable. Pippa’s best friend, Morgan, plays an important role in in the story. I commend Morgan for what she did to help Pippa come out of her shell. She’s the reason behind Pippa’s memorable and life-changing Italy adventure! Another character I loved in the book was Chiara. Her warm and friendly personality as well as her thoughtful advices for Pippa added dynamism to Wish You Were Italian.
The romance was lovable and satisfying. Okay, there are two guys in the book. One is named Darren and the other is Bruno. Although both guys are irresistibly gorgeous, I love *insert name* more. I was rooting for him and Pippa to be together since the moment they met. Sparks fly every time they see each other! Their love story is the epitome of magical destiny. 🙂
Wish You Were Italian has the sweetest and most brilliant revelation that I’ve ever read in contemporary YA romance! So much swoony feels in that last scene. My heart was a puddle of melted gelato after reading it. 🙂 The final moment was totally a delightful surprise and I couldn’t think of a more perfect ending than that. SO. MUCH. FEELS! ❤
Kristin Rae’s writing is fresh, lovely, and engaging. What I loved about her style is that her words echo the earnest desires and genuine emotions of the characters. Oh and she has a knack for describing places beautifully! Reading Wish You Were Italian was like a real adventure in Italy. I appreciated the country’s food (gelato and pizza!!), people, and lifestyle. Seriously, my desire to visit Italy someday was magnified because of this book!
Before reading Wish You Were Italian, my view of bravery and self-confidence were completely different from each other. Bravery for me was facing your fears even if you’re scared. While, self-confidence was believing in yourself in spite of the doubts and fears you have in your heart. But then I thought of bringing bravery and self-confidence together to come up with an idea for those who seek inspiration in discovering themselves: You can never be brave when you do not believe in yourself. When we remember this idea, we will experience the adventure of a lifetime just like Pippa had.
Charming and uplifting, Wish You Were Italian is a debut novel that will sweep you off your feet. I highly encourage you to add this book to your TBR pile! You’ll thank me for it. 🙂