|Wish You Were Italian|
by Kristin Rae
When YA readers look for romance, this is the exact type of story they have in mind. The protagonist is both smart and flawed, the male leads are not just physically attractive but also have layered personalities, and the Italian setting is the perfect backdrop for falling in love. Every character from Pippa herself, to her best friend Morgan, to her grandmother, to the various people she meets in Italy is a three-dimensional person, and each has an important role to play. Pippa visits a variety of Italian landmarks, including the Colosseum, and much of her story is just as much travelogue as it is romance. The supportive friendship Pippa develops with an Italian girl named Chiara is also one of the book’s greater strengths.
This is that rare romance novel that is appropriate for almost all teens, as there is no sexual content and no foul language. There is some kissing, and characters are occasionally described as “sexy” but aside from that, it’s as wholesome as a romance story for this age group can be.
Wish You Were Italian is part of a new series of romances from Bloomsbury, published under the collective title of If Only…. It is being published simultaneously on May 6 with Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard and will be followed by Amy Finnegan’s Not in the Script later this year. Additionally, it makes a wonderful read-alike for Flirting in Italian, Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, and Meant To Be.
I received a digital ARC of Wish You Were Italian from Bloomsbury via NetGalley.
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