Review – Flirting in Italian
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  • March 27, 2012
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…soooooo… clearly I needed a palette cleanser, because sometimes you just gotta do it… so I cleansed with YA contemporary, because I have to do that sometime. That it’s chick lit, and romance, is a surprise, I know. What can I say? I needed something so completely different to what I would normally read that it would completely wipe the slate clean.

*rationalize rationalize*

Flirting in Italian is exactly what it sounds like, a girly novel set in Italy. We follow young Violet from London to Tuscany as she pursues a self-motivated quest to resolve a mystery. One day in an art museum she comes across a painting that resembles her identically. Because of a niggling doubt that Violet was not, in fact, related to her parents she decides to investigate, convincing her mother to let her go to Italy for the summer. Her thinking is that she can find the family who the subject belongs to and, perhaps, discover who she might be in the process. Enrolling in a modern finishing school with three other girls she lives in a Villa for two months, all in the shadow of the Castello di Vesperi. Very quickly she meets Luca, the brooding and handsome son from the very castle that Violet is longing to visit. The two strike up a on/off romance that leaves Violet constantly in question of her feelings.

Like I said, it’s a palette cleanser. There’s nothing that bad or that great about it. I liked Luca more than anything in this book, though Violet had her moments. Being British Lauren Henderson has nailed her snark on the head. I loved her language and her slang, I fell in love with her wit. Many of the other side characters are interesting, but minimal in appeal. I really wanted to know about the painting and Violet’s romance more than anything… however, and this annoyed me on some level… the ending left me cold. Nothing is resolved and nothing gained. I was wondering right up until the last few pages why the author was not tying up anything when the cruel reality smacked me in the face at the conclusion – there’s to be a companion novel out at a later date called Following in Love in Italian… which doesn’t even make sense, but that’s what the ARC says. I’m pretty sure it’s meant to be Falling, and not Following… there were many typos in the book, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this was one as well. Most unfortunate.

The novel is cute, but I’m annoyed about the second book. Frankly, it’s not as if the author had a whole lot of anything to fill this book up with, much less two books. I can’t imagine what she’s going to do with a second book… since this one felt stretched as is… and then I felt robbed of my ending, which never helps. Without the cliffhanger I’m sure I would have been happier. I’m not sure if I’ll bother reading the next one, although there was nothing really wrong with this one…  other than the ending… and that it’s fluff, and I didn’t get my closure. OR any more making out scenes. Boo.

4 out of 5 stars. Miffed.

– BP

* Flirting in Italian releases June 12, 2012.



2012-03-27 04:44:46 Reply

I really want to read this! But I am not happy to hear about the ending. For some reason, it seems a lot of the contemp books I get hyped about end up being sort of a let down. And I had no idea about the companion! But I will definitely still read and see how I like it. Thanks for the review! It is the first I have seen for this novel and now I have an idea what to expect when I get a chance to read it when it releases. πŸ™‚

Lilly @ (LillysBookIsland)

2012-03-27 09:15:10 Reply

WOW ,,, Great Review ,,, honestly this is the first time i hear about this book ,,, but it looks interesting ,,, I will make sure to check it up πŸ™‚


2012-03-27 15:45:13 Reply

Great review I just got this one yesterday and super excited to get to it I love books like this to change the pace of dark paranormals I’ve been reading. It sounds exactly like what Im expecting πŸ™‚