May 6, 2014

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae & Ten Italian Things I Love
Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
May 6th, 2014 from Bloomsbury

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?

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Pippa skips out on art school and doesn't tell her parents that all she really wants to do is tour Italy. She thinks this is a great opportunity to complete a list of ten summer goals. I won't point out that if my kids ever did this I would lose my mind, but I was happy to see that her list included "don't get arrested'. That should be everyone's daily goal. Anyway, Pippa has a good head on her shoulders and she makes some friends and tours a part of the world I have never been to. I was jealous of the food she ate - gelato and pasta - and the beautiful seaside places she would visit. After about halfway through the book I was happy Pippa lied to her parents and did something just for her all on her own.This book is really stinkin' cute and when I closed the book I literally let out an audible "Aweeee". Great read-alike to Anna and the French Kiss and we all loved that book.

10 Italian Things I Love (in no particular order)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - they have to be Italian!
Pizza - Extra cheese, white sauce with sun-dried tomatoes
Sistine Chapel - one place I must visit
Gelato - all of it in my mouth
Statue of David - a wonderful photo opportunity
Jeans -yes, invented in Italy!
Pasta - any kind covered in cheese
Andrea Bocelli - that voice moves me to tear every time
Ferrari - yes I'd look super dumb driving it and can't afford it, but that car is sexy
My BFF - she's Italian and loud and I love her