In the debut album by Kristin Rae, it’s the summer before Pippa’s senior year of high school and by far the most important summer of her life. She’s looking forward to spending the summer with her best friend, Morgan, and spending time with her Gram. Last minute, Pippa’s mother sends her to Italy to study in an art program. Unhappy, Pippa goes to Italy but once she gets there, she decides to ditch the art program and explore Italy on her own for the summer. Soon Pippa finds herself in a bit of a love triangle, between a hot Italian named Bruno and Darren, this American guy who she keeps bumping in to everywhere she goes.
Basically this novel is Anna and the French Kiss meets The Lizzie McGuire Movie. And I must warn you before picking up this book, you will crave ice cream/ gelato while reading. It took me about two days to read this book and I ate ice cream twice during that period.
Wish You Were Italian was a cute story. The writing was pretty good and the boys were cute. It’s what you’d expect from this kind of love story.
I want to be honest when I write my book reviews, witch is why this is hard for me to write: I did not like this book. It wasn’t the book though, it was me.
Let me explain. Part of it has to do with the fact, I was over this book before I even started reading it. The archetype of a girl going to a foreign country and falling in love is something I read a lot of last year and I got sick of it. Some of those books I loved, like Just One Day by Gayle foreman and Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout. I really did try to push that out of my mind when I was reading this. I never fell in love with the characters. I was half way through and not only did I not care what happened, I really had to force myself to finish the book. Though I will say the last 40 pages had me drawn in. I should have been drawn in before the last 40 pages though.
I’m not saying this is a bad book and I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read it. I think you should give it a try and decide for yourself. I think later on down the road, I might give this book a second chance. I’ll definitely be picking up Kristin’s second book What You Always Wanted that just came out.
But with all things said above, I did give it two out of five stars.
Have you read Wish You Were Italian? What were your thoughts?