Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

“I made the wrong choice.”Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.But then she is given a journal that her mom h...

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Title:Love & Gelato
Author:Jenna Evans Welch
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Love & Gelato Reviews

  • celine (celinereads)

    hi can i give this book 10/5 stars because THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. i LOVE THE CHARACTERS AND STORY AND THE COVER AND EVERYTHING. ok. also, love & gelato is an extremely easy and quick read that's addicting and amazing and i'm in love!!

  • Kasie West

    Super cute. I loved it.

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    This might be the cutest book I've ever read. The entire thing was just so hopeful and HAPPY (even when the topic might not have been). The Italian scenery was gorgeous, the food was amazing, and all of the characters were so precious. I wish I could go back and read it all over again... or just go to Florence this summer myself. If you're looking for a good YA contemporary (or just a lovely book in general) I definitely recommend this one!!

  • The Girl Murdered by Her TBR

    5-I-NEED-AN-ITALIAN-DUDE-RIGHT-NOW-STARS!!!

    This book was successful in getting rid of my sucky reading slump. After a month of force reading various books, this book performed its magic and voila! Reading slump gone. I never thought that a super cute young-adult contemporary romance is what I really need. This was the first contemporary book I've read this year and I absolutely adored it. The plot, characters, and setting were captivating.

    The setting of the story is in Italy. Oh gosh, Italy... I

    5-I-NEED-AN-ITALIAN-DUDE-RIGHT-NOW-STARS!!!

    This book was successful in getting rid of my sucky reading slump. After a month of force reading various books, this book performed its magic and voila! Reading slump gone. I never thought that a super cute young-adult contemporary romance is what I really need. This was the first contemporary book I've read this year and I absolutely adored it. The plot, characters, and setting were captivating.

    The setting of the story is in Italy. Oh gosh, Italy... I really really want to go to Italy. I loved that the author wrote a vivid description about Italy. I learned a lot of Italian things thanks to this book. The food, the culture, the history, the people, and the places. I love it all.

    The plot was simple yet gripping. It wasn't super complicated, which I figured was the best one for a person who's slumping. The pace of the story was set in a normal pace. It tackled about the importance of love, family, regrets, and hope.

    I also loved the characters. I had some issues with Lina on the first part of the book, she was a little bit bratty and selfish but that was understandable because her whole life was turned upside down because of the big reveal from her mother and grandmother. I actually liked how persevering, brave and adventurous she is. Ren is so charming. He is an Italian-American boy who lives nearby. He helped Lina with revealing the truth about her mother's past life in Italy. I really loved the personality of Ren, he's just the chill, cheerful, and adorable guy who decided to show Lina how beautiful Italy is.

    I really enjoyed this book. The writing style was very catchy and uncomplicated.

  • Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)

    The story narrated in this book is one of friendship, family, and first love. The characters enhanced the concept at the core of this book and the dynamic between each of them was written very well.

    Lina, after facing the trauma of losing her mother, flies to Italy for the summer in order to fulfill her mother’s last wish. Her mother also seemed to arrange for he

    The story narrated in this book is one of friendship, family, and first love. The characters enhanced the concept at the core of this book and the dynamic between each of them was written very well.

    Lina, after facing the trauma of losing her mother, flies to Italy for the summer in order to fulfill her mother’s last wish. Her mother also seemed to arrange for her to live with Howard, her mother’s friend from her days in college. After her mother passes, her grandmother informs her that her mother left out the minute detail that Howard also happens to be her father.

    Now in Italy, she finds out that Howard, who refuses to refer to as her dad, lives in a graveyard. Not the ideal place for a girl who just lost her mother. Struggling with her mother’s death and trying to accept that Howard is her father, she tries to cope with her situation for the summer.

    As the story progresses, the author takes us through Italy in the protagonist’s attempt to understand her mother’s year in college. After Lina’s arrival in Florence, she is handed her mother’s old journal, one she has never seen before, which she has never seen before, which is weird because her mother is extremely open about her journals and is well known for her entertaining writing. In an attempt to see Florence through her mother’s eyes, she makes her way through the town with the guidance of the journal. And she has come to realise that her mother’s college years were unlike anything she imagined.

    A romance the seemed to have ended badly, a proclamation that could change everything, and the story of a vibrant woman making her way through life, her mother may have secrets of her own. The journal allows her to finally understand the piece of her mother’s life she has never known about, and maybe even why she never knew her father.

    Since her mother’s journal is inserted into the book, we follow not one but to women making their way through Florence and finding love. Watching her cope with her mother’s death and come to peace with her life as it is now is amazing. We watch her open herself to the possibility of a life in Florence and makes a friend through a very unusual set of circumstances.

    Now that I have finished reading this book, the title seems to the most endearing thing about it because a story with such depth can only be described by Love and Gelato, and anything else wouldn’t seem right. The characters were amazing, the description of the city was perfect, the relationship between the characters and the city was written lovingly and overall there is nothing I would change about this book.

    I’m undeniably, inexplicably, explicitly in love with this book and I wish everyone who likes contemporary books would read this precious gem of a story because reading this book is, right now, one of the best experiences of my life.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    This was super cute and really interesting!

    More thoughts and possibly a BiblioBabble to come!

  • Maureen

    BTAT 2017 book #2

    Possibly even a 4.5/5 stars

    THIS. WAS. SO. CUTE.

    The plot? Adorable and intriguing. The characters? Pretty great. The setting? INCREDIBLE. So much good stuff in this BOOK!

    I loved the twists and the turns of the plot as well as the added element of Lina's mom's journal. And a book set in Italy just.....so good. So so good.

    If you enjoy contemporary romances you'll for sure enjoy this book.

  • Lola

    may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato. I repeat,

    may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato.

    It may also make you crave to find love in Italy…

    This contemporary novel is exactly what I needed after finishing a frightening thriller novel –

    . It took my mind off n

    may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato. I repeat,

    may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato.

    It may also make you crave to find love in Italy…

    This contemporary novel is exactly what I needed after finishing a frightening thriller novel –

    . It took my mind off negative thoughts about life and marriage.

    It’s a

    story starring a very lively American girl who is sent to her father’s house in Italy by her grandmother after her mother succumbed to cancer.

    When Lina arrives in Italy, she is given her mother’s journal for when she studied photography there.

    Lina not only wants to understand what happened between her mother and Howard – why they are not together anymore – but she also wants to feel closer to her mother by doing so.

    I especially enjoyed the snippets of her mother’s life in Italy. While her story is indeed saddening, there is good that comes out of it.

    Lina also meets a charming male fellow living next d—field to her. Ren is sweet and respectful and open and generous – I took a like to him. While there is a

    , it’s easy to discard it from one’s mind.

    So that’s the good part. The no-so-great part is the

    . If there’s one thing I’m annoyed with is when a character refuses or can’t see the obvious in front of her and has to go through great lengths or experience painful events to discover what was always crystal obvious.

    In other words,

    , and Lina is definitely one of them. Furthermore, the whole ‘‘who is my father?’’ situation didn’t need to be that complicated. And it’s not that it’s

    per se, but the author made it so. She deliberately confuses us!

    , I love being played with and being able to guess things for myself, but when someone is actually making me walk circles over and over again—no, thank you.

    I had fun with

    The setting is gorgeous, the main characters are heart-warming and the adventures pretty darn diverting.

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  • ambsreads

    was a book I desperately wanted to love. I mean, the set up was perfect. Italy, love and gelato (which I've never actually had but it sounds good). Italy is a destination I have always wanted to travel, and how could you not with all the culture present in the cities.

    However, as I began to read this book I knew it wasn't going to be a finish for me. Why? Well, the writing just jumped straight into the plot withou

    was a book I desperately wanted to love. I mean, the set up was perfect. Italy, love and gelato (which I've never actually had but it sounds good). Italy is a destination I have always wanted to travel, and how could you not with all the culture present in the cities.

    However, as I began to read this book I knew it wasn't going to be a finish for me. Why? Well, the writing just jumped straight into the plot without any other pretenses or introductions, straight to the fact a house was in a cemetery. Then, we have one of the protagonists,

    , first line:

    What? What in the name of all things holy and blessed does this mean? Is weak tea really the metaphor you choose to use? I knew this book, and I would have a problem here almost instantly. I can handle crazy metaphors sometimes, but this was a no and was at the very beginning of the book, so it could only go downhill. For me, it did.

    Not only did my hatred for Lina become cemented in the first 100 pages of the 900 page eBook

    I was subjected to countless more strange and "quirky" people. However, Lina was just

    . I understand her mum had died six months previously, and it seemed like that was leading up to be an excuse featuring through the rest of the book, but she was rude. She was unwilling to give her recently discovered father a chance. I don't understand why because she isn't even sure if he knew about her existence.

    Also:

    Is a sentence I never want to hear again because

    Oh, we also get to introduced to Lina's totally

    awesome best friend, who is like

    funny.

    Like Ron's burger, this

    missed the mark for me.

    Oh, and lets not forget that Addie and Lina are both very

    creative:

    I can't even add onto that. I understand there is a "tacky tourist" look, but honestly, if I went travelling I would probably be a tacky tourist myself and guess what?

    Now, one last quote before I conclude this review. The quote that made me decide this was not for me in any way:

    I understand some people may think I didn't give this book a fair go, considering I decided to DNF at 10%, but honestly, I couldn't subject myself to this. I couldn't put myself through head banging sentences and characters who are meant to be funny and different but are simply rude. It's possible this story is

    cute, but I won't be sticking around to find out.

    Honestly, what this book felt like was a jumble of words that shouldn't have slipped past an editor, in my opinion.

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