Release Date: May 6, 2014
Keywords: travel, adventure, romance
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
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This book scared me a little bit — and I know people may yell at me — but I totally judged the cover. To me, it looked super juvenile, cheesy, and really REALLY not like something I would enjoy. But I've never been happier to say I WAS SO WRONG.
This traveling story had it all — scary moments alone, big decisions, cool friends and cafes, and most of all, wonderful wonderful boys. Which, as we all know, is one of the most fun parts of a cute romance like this one.
So Pippa's by herself in Italy, and she decides she's not going to this art program her parents signed her up for. Which, kind of made me mad. Okay, a lot made me mad. I loved my art history courses and studying them in Italy would have been such a wonderful opportunity. I get that she was trying to get back at her parents, but she could have done it in a less expensive, smarter way. And she claimed she liked photography, not art. However, I feel like to like one and be good at one, it's important to understand composition and light, and to do that, studying classics makes sense. Urgh. But she stayed in Rome because plot. I did love that she was following her best friend Morgan's journal she made, which gave her tasks to do and suggestions for her next adventure. So that's what drove most of her decision-making, which was a super cool plot point. The book was pretty predictable as far as the plot goes, but it's always kind of that way in books like these. There was a bit at the end that I wasn't expecting, but it didn't blow me away of make me audibly gasp.
What made this book good was the characters she met along the way. Chiara was this crazy interesting local she met in a cafe after having decided to forego her art class, and she kind of helps lead her along the way, and ends up helping her find some places in Italy that were on her to-visit list, but she really wouldn't have had any clue how to get or stay there without a local. Bruno was her cousin (I wanted to call him Fabio the whole time, in my head, that's what his name was), who was a smooth-talking, sexy Italian rockstar. Okay, he wasn't really a rockstar, but to the women in the book, he may as well have been. Darren was an American she met her first day and kept running into, and he was actually participating in an archaeology program. He was very cute and very funny (totally pictured Darren Criss while reading), and you can definitely tell where my alliances are. I mean, the book's pretty obvious, but that doesn't mean I didn't swoon over the boys.
And this really has nothing to do with anything, but the fact that Darren hated cats made me love him so much more, and he perfectly sums up why:
"Because of the creep factor. They're unpredictable and always have the same facial expression so you can never tell what they're thinking. Are they going to rub against your leg or slash your face open?"Perfection.
This book is perfect as a last-hurrah to the summer that is rapidly leaving us. It's light, it's fun, and if you want a book with lovable boys and beautiful sights, this one is it.