Pre-Pub Teen Book Review – Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

This book was about a girl named Pippa who was supposed to spend a summer in Florence, Italy at an art program. However, when the chance arises, Pippa decides to take matters in to her own hands and for the first time, do what she wants to do. Along her journey, she meets Chiara, who offers her the opportunity to spend the summer with her. Then, she meets Darren and Bruno, two boys fighting for her heart. The question is…who will she choose? The quiet, nice American boy, or the outgoing Italian? And will she get to have the summer she has always dreamed of before her parents find out where she really is?

I really enjoyed this book! I think it would be a perfect beach read for any teenage girl looking for a book about summer romance. I love the characters, and it was cool to see how the main character, Pippa, evolved throughout the story. Additionally, this book reminded me of another book I read about a student traveling abroad, which was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I thought that this book perfectly intertwined family, friendship, and love so that is was relatable to anyone.

A memorable thing about this book was when Pippa met Chiara, because once they meet and become friends, Chiara offers Pippa a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Review by Rachel, Grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library

Wish You Were Italian came out May 6, 2014! This review is based on an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) that publishers make available to libraries and professional reviewers before a book hits the stores. Our local Teen Galley groups read and review ARCs to discover the next big thing in teen fiction. Click here to find this book in our catalog!

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