Saturday, August 3, 2013

Review: Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Title: Flirting in Italian
Author: Lauren Henderson

Goodreads Summary: "Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!"

Main character: 2/5
Violet was stereotypical as can be: the daughter of a gorgeous ex-model who looks nothing like either of her parents, the sensible one. There was a lot of talk about her body in comparisons to other characters which I wasn't a fan of. We get it, she's normal sized, let's move on with the story. She also kept talking about how she knew Luca was bad news but disregarded her own advice about staying away from him, which I realize is often what happens in real life, however the writing made it seem so much worse than reality.

Secondary characters: 2/5
Paige & Kendra very much fit a 'role', and I didn't feel like they were very three dimensional. Luca seemed like a douche at first

Writing style: 3/5
Fun and easy to read, obviously not a lot of descriptive depth or elegance.

Plot: 2/5
Felt like I was asked to believe a lot of things, like the fact that the portrait just happens to look exactly like Violet, her weird obsession with Luca when they first meet, etc. The plot itself was odd; a mixture of romance and family drama. Ultimately, nothing is resolved which lowered this score a lot.

Ending: 1/5
Pretty bad. Cliffhanger + no resolution. Nothing was explained, including the main conflict of the story, the reason why Violet went to Italy in the first place.

Cover: The thing that drew me in! I love the cover.

Rating: 4.8 / 10 (2 stars)

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