Wish You Were Italian
By Kristin Rae
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Bloomsbury, 323 pages
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?
— Goodreads.com description
At first glance, this books like fluff.
Sure, it’s got romance. And summer. And travel. AND GELATO.
But it’s also filled with interesting characters, friendship and family issues and a beautiful young woman who pushes herself to try new things. It’s an inspiring story and one that transports you as a reader, whether you’ve been to Italy or not.
PS: I couldn’t resist sharing some pictures of me in Italy — this book brought some nice memories back!