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 had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Love & Gelato Details

TitleLove & Gelato
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 3rd, 2016
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN-139781481432542
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Love & Gelato Review

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    January 1, 1970
    This was super cute and really interesting!More thoughts and possibly a BiblioBabble to come!
  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    ‘‘You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it’s for the same two things.’’‘‘What?’’‘‘Love and gelato.’’ WARNING: Love & Gelato may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato. I repeat, Love & Gelato may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato. Beware, readers! 3.5 stars. 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 – Behind Closed Doors. It took my mind off n ‘‘You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it’s for the same two things.’’‘‘What?’’‘‘Love and gelato.’’ WARNING: Love & Gelato may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato. I repeat, Love & Gelato may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato. Beware, readers! 3.5 stars. 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 – Behind Closed Doors. It took my mind off negative thoughts about life and marriage.It’s a romantic and mysterious 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. The theme of family is ever present. 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.It’s very heartfelt. 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 mild love-triangle situation going on, it’s easy to discard it from one’s mind.So that’s the good part. The no-so-great part is the cluelessness and confusion. 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, I dislike clueless characters, 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 complicated per se, but the author made it so. She deliberately confuses us!To some extent, 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 Love & Gelato. The setting is gorgeous, the main characters are heart-warming and the adventures pretty darn diverting. It’s not impressive, but it sure is a pleasant summer read.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Kasie West
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute. I loved it.
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    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!!
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    BTAT 2017 book #2Possibly even a 4.5/5 starsTHIS. 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.
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  • Celine (celinereads)
    January 1, 1970
    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!!
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  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 10%I will be displaying my emotions through Ron Swanson gifs.Love and Gelato 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 DNF @ 10%I will be displaying my emotions through Ron Swanson gifs.Love and Gelato 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, Lina, first line: "It's a cemetery." My voice was like weak tea. 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 but I was subjected to countless more strange and "quirky" people. However, Lina was just rude. 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: "Aggressively normal." Is a sentence I never want to hear again because what?Oh, we also get to introduced to Lina's totally tacky awesome best friend, who is like so idiotic funny. “Why are you being so quiet? Is Gravedigger there?”“I’m in my bedroom, but I get the feeling that sound travels in this house. I don’t know if he can hear me or not.”“Great. So you can’t even speak freely. We’d better come up with a code word so I know if you’re okay. Say ‘bluebird’ if you’re being held hostage.” Like Ron's burger, this completely missed the mark for me. Oh, and lets not forget that Addie and Lina are both very judgmental creative: “Addie and I had once won a costume contest dressed as Tacky Tourists. These two could have been our inspiration.” 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? That is fine.Now, one last quote before I conclude this review. The quote that made me decide this was not for me in any way: “Howard still had steam curling out of his nostrils.” 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 super 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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  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    Awww! This was a really cute summer read. I loved the whole Italian experience accompanied with lots of Italian history, gelato, and young love. Perfect! This story had it's ups and downs, I enjoyed the mystery part and I loved the character growth, I still feel giddy.4 stars!
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  • The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Heather 'Bookables'
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Really enjoyed this book!Mashup review featuring it coming soon!
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsLove and Gelato is the perfect book to enjoy this summer. Set in Italy, this book is absolutely breathtaking. The fact that there are old journal entries in the story makes it so much more incredible. Trust me, after reading this book, you’ll be craving some gelato!Love and Gelato has such an interesting concept! This book tells the story of Lina, a girl who moves to Italy after her mom dies. When she gets there, she is given an old journal of her mom’s and learns many secrets about her 4.5 StarsLove and Gelato is the perfect book to enjoy this summer. Set in Italy, this book is absolutely breathtaking. The fact that there are old journal entries in the story makes it so much more incredible. Trust me, after reading this book, you’ll be craving some gelato!Love and Gelato has such an interesting concept! This book tells the story of Lina, a girl who moves to Italy after her mom dies. When she gets there, she is given an old journal of her mom’s and learns many secrets about her. I really enjoyed reading about Lina’s journey across Italy as she tries to solve the mystery of the journal. She gets herself into many sticky situations, but also makes some really amazing friends along the way. This book was the perfect thing to kick back with in the warm weather.I absolutely adored the Italian setting in Love and Gelato. The way the shops and the landmarks are described is absolutely breathtaking, and I wish I could experience it all in real life! The Italian culture in the book really intrigued me, and I actually learned a few phrases while reading. I have wanted to visit Italy my whole life, and reading this book made me want to go even more!The journaling aspects in Love and Gelato really drew me in. I love the idea of finding an old journal, and discovering that this book incorporated that got me really excited. I enjoyed how the journal entries were added gradually into the book—slowly, then all at once. As Lina warms up to the idea of learning more about her mom, she eventually reads more and more of it. Something about that made me love the story even more.Love and Gelato tells the story of a girl who is given her mom’s old journal and is set in Italy. The journal entries that were slowly added into the book were very enjoyable to read! I would definitely recommend this book, as it is perfect for the summer season.
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty damn cute, you guys. All I want to do now is go to Italy and fall in love with some Nutella pastries. Insert gif of Emma Stone saying YUM here.
  • Inge
    January 1, 1970
    To be honest, I was more interested in the gelato part than the love part, but it was still pretty cute.
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Or mediocre book pics at: https://www.instagram.com/kellyandthe... "You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it's for the same two things.""What?""Love and gelato." When 16-year old Lina’s mother passes away from pancreatic cancer, she is encouraged by her grandmother to spend the summer in Tuscany in order to get to know Howard – a father she never even knew existed. Lina would have never guessed sh Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Or mediocre book pics at: https://www.instagram.com/kellyandthe... "You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it's for the same two things.""What?""Love and gelato." When 16-year old Lina’s mother passes away from pancreatic cancer, she is encouraged by her grandmother to spend the summer in Tuscany in order to get to know Howard – a father she never even knew existed. Lina would have never guessed she’d end up living in a cemetery, or that her mother left a journal regarding her own time spent in Italy or that she would be uncovering a huge secret during her summer abroad.Love and Gelato was an instant “yes please” due to the title and adorable cover. The story was a little bit . . . . And a little bit of this . . . . With a little bit of this . . . . In case you aren’t familiar with that last image . . . . In YA format. It’s sure to be a huge hit with its target demographic. 3 Stars from me since I’m old and horrible and I got annoyed that the supposedly huuuuuuge secret was not only 100% obvious, but that it took almost half of the book for Lina to figure out what was going on.
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  • Merphy Napier
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI was shocked at how much I loved this. Being able to explore Italy with the characters had me wanting to hope on a plane and explore it myself, getting to know our MC's mom through her old journal had me hooked from the start to the end, and the true love story of this novel was what we learned in that journal. I finished this book days ago and I still miss it so much. It was simply amazing. The only reason it didn't get five stars is because the romance with our MC was pretty cheesy a 4.5 starsI was shocked at how much I loved this. Being able to explore Italy with the characters had me wanting to hope on a plane and explore it myself, getting to know our MC's mom through her old journal had me hooked from the start to the end, and the true love story of this novel was what we learned in that journal. I finished this book days ago and I still miss it so much. It was simply amazing. The only reason it didn't get five stars is because the romance with our MC was pretty cheesy at times - but seriously... highly recommend.
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  • BookLover
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute story about a girl finding a way to move on with life after losing her mother. Lina made a promise to her dying mother, finding herself in Italy with a father she had never met. Lina’s experience tugged at all the right strings for me.What brought my overall enjoyment down, though, was the diary her mother left for her. Actually, that’s not true. The diary itself didn’t bother me, especially once the story came full circle. No, what drove me bananas was the way Lina chose to read This was a cute story about a girl finding a way to move on with life after losing her mother. Lina made a promise to her dying mother, finding herself in Italy with a father she had never met. Lina’s experience tugged at all the right strings for me.What brought my overall enjoyment down, though, was the diary her mother left for her. Actually, that’s not true. The diary itself didn’t bother me, especially once the story came full circle. No, what drove me bananas was the way Lina chose to read it a bit at a time in dribs and drabs. I’m sorry... but if I was thrust into the arms of an unknown father in a country I had never been to, you can bet I would be reading that diary cover to cover to get some answers. I just didn’t buy that Lina was too overcome with grief to keep reading.So while I enjoyed reading about Lina’s experiences in Italy, having her mother’s diary interspersed with the story irritated me and had me wanting to skim at parts.
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  • Karmen (readingoncloud9)
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars*After finishing this book, (well also during reading it) I had major cravings for some gelato. It was super cute and mysterious. I couldn't put it down! Because of this book, I want to go to Italy even more now.
  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    [3.5] Now I'm craving some authentic, Italian gelato and cute, Italian guy with it.
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    January 1, 1970
    Love & Gelato was a cute, quick, summer read and just what I needed for the plane journey, on which I read it from start to finish but unfortunately, despite this, I didn't fall in love with it.I didn't really warm tothe characters or feel any strong connection towards them(other than Howard who was a sweetheart) and overall I just couldn't get past the incredibly short time period this book was set over, considering the amount of events that occurred. I've never been a fan of instalove and Love & Gelato was a cute, quick, summer read and just what I needed for the plane journey, on which I read it from start to finish but unfortunately, despite this, I didn't fall in love with it.I didn't really warm tothe characters or feel any strong connection towards them(other than Howard who was a sweetheart) and overall I just couldn't get past the incredibly short time period this book was set over, considering the amount of events that occurred. I've never been a fan of instalove and especially not when that 'instalove' becomes 'actual' love after less than a week?! I mean sure, maybe this guy was super cute but going to a strangers house to meet their mother within a few minutes of first meeting?! STRANGER DANGER PEOPLE!! (I've suddenly become super aware of how old I feel right now... 😅) That being said, if you're a fan of instalove, I'm sure you'd very much enjoy this book! I also found that the characters read very young and Lina's excessive use of the word 'like' felt like a bit of an overkill in trying to make her sound even younger. There were also a few ableist phrases used that I wasn't a fan of at all.Having said all this, I didn't dislike this book. I thought the journal entries and family storyline was an interesting element. I adored the Italian setting and the in depth descriptions of Tuscany, Florence etc. I also very much appreciated the delicious goody descriptions. I don't think I've ever craved Nutella so much in my life. It was fun, it was cute and incredibly easy read and one I'm sure would be the perfect summer read for younger teens.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of the young-adult genre will definitely enjoy Jenna Evans Welch's debut novel: Love & Gelato. It incorporates grief, family issues, age-appropriate romance, and the Italian culture. Overall, I liked it. The cultural components were my favorite parts. I also could very much appreciate the lengths the heroine went to in order to learn about her paternity – I was in the same boat at a point in my adolescence and her curious desperation felt very familiar. The only other thing I can say is Fans of the young-adult genre will definitely enjoy Jenna Evans Welch's debut novel: Love & Gelato. It incorporates grief, family issues, age-appropriate romance, and the Italian culture. Overall, I liked it. The cultural components were my favorite parts. I also could very much appreciate the lengths the heroine went to in order to learn about her paternity – I was in the same boat at a point in my adolescence and her curious desperation felt very familiar. The only other thing I can say is it's been a few days since finishing this very easy read, and I'm still craving gelato. I liked that part too :)My favorite quote:“So... Italian gelato. Take the deliciousness of a regular ice-cream cone, times it by a million, then sprinkle it with crushed-up unicorn horns.”
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  • Joshua Gabriel (조수아)
    January 1, 1970
    Love & Gelato was the first contemporary novel I've read this year, and I absolutely enjoyed it. Although this book was marketed as a love story, I found the romance between Lina and Ren to be nearly insignificant next to the novel's overall premise: A girl desperately trying to cope with the sudden loss of her beloved (and frustratingly secretive) mother. In its totality, this book earned a spot in my favorites shelf because it entertainingly delineated the importance of love, honesty, and Love & Gelato was the first contemporary novel I've read this year, and I absolutely enjoyed it. Although this book was marketed as a love story, I found the romance between Lina and Ren to be nearly insignificant next to the novel's overall premise: A girl desperately trying to cope with the sudden loss of her beloved (and frustratingly secretive) mother. In its totality, this book earned a spot in my favorites shelf because it entertainingly delineated the importance of love, honesty, and perseverance. And if I must say so, I am all over stories set in Europe.
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  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    January 1, 1970
    Sonia met my eyes in the mirror. “You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it’s for the same two things.” “What?” “Love and gelato.” I know I say this a lot, but seriously-What a pleasant surprise!! Seriously. There are few books that manage to surprise me, and it’s even rarer that I fall for a book set overseas. Don’t ask why and I won’t explain-Just know that there are really only two books that have successfully stolen my heart that take place outside of Sonia met my eyes in the mirror. “You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it’s for the same two things.” “What?” “Love and gelato.” I know I say this a lot, but seriously-What a pleasant surprise!! Seriously. There are few books that manage to surprise me, and it’s even rarer that I fall for a book set overseas. Don’t ask why and I won’t explain-Just know that there are really only two books that have successfully stolen my heart that take place outside of the US…and they are Anna and the French Kiss and The Fever series. I will say this, though; I was MOMENTS away from DNF’ing this. Yup, you read that correctly: A book that turned out to be absolutely adorable almost slipped under my radar. I had been avoiding it for a while, but even when I did give it a try, I almost gave up on it. In the beginning, there was just too much of her alone, her with her sadness, her mourning her mother’s loss…now, come on, I’m not heartless-I realize she had to feel helpless and sad and lost, but I’m already finicky, so I was drowning in those pages. But, right when I was about to give up, something happened. Something big. Something HUGE-Lorenzooo started sniffing around…and my heart couldn’t take it. I was hooked. Oh, did you think it was actually something huge? Pshh. Y’all know me better than that. Give me a good boy, a quirky little adventure, and some swoony moments and I. Am. All. In. “Did I dress up enough?” “What?” I repeated my question. He slowed for a red light, then turned to look at me. “You look great. We’re wearing the same thing.” “Yeah, but you look . . .” “What?”“Cooler.” He tipped his head back so our helmets clacked. “Thanks.” And that’s another surprising thing-I don’t much like frolicking. Like…scavenger hunts, mysteries, journal entries from anyone other than the two lovebirds. And, if I’m being honest here, I didn’t fall in love with it here, either. But I honestly truly loved how her and Ren found each other through her mother’s journal. I loved the places they saw, the things they did, the way they bonded and became closer because of the vivid picture her mother’s words painted. Where most stories find their momentum through all the romance, this story found it’s rhythm in a young girl’s grief. And, frankly, I think I respect this book for that. Yadda yadda of COURSE I wish there had been a little more romance-sure. But it was all the more special as the romance built and built, giving us spurts of butterflies throughout the entirety of the story, all leading up to an explosion of adorable jealousy and feels that leaves you so happy you’re breathless. Or was that just me?And, okay, I so wasn’t going to say this, but when I read L&G, I really and for true had Anna and the French Kiss type feels. Yeah. So….this book, while adorable, had a lot to live up to even from the start. And, I admit, this did put a lot of pressure on an otherwise light book that I normally wouldn’t have put so much stake on. But, back to my point: I had read reviews prior to buying this story that said it was similar to AATFK, and those are huge shoes to fill, I’m sorry. Yet…and yet. “Thinly sliced ham. You’ll love it.” He sat down next to me and I unwrapped the sandwich and took a bite. Of course I loved it. But it was nothing compared to how I felt about Ren. And yes. I’d totally just compared the only guy I’d ever felt this way about to a ham sandwich. In all the ways that counted, I felt like I was back to my darling Anna and St. Clair’s world, and it felt tremendous. Ren was light-hearted, cute, witty, fun…and just absolutely adorable. He was funny and he made me laugh in the most innocent ways-he was flirty without being smarmy, he DID have a girl…but I can’t say what went on. All I can say is that he didn’t cheat. But, you know, I know some people that are bothered by that fine line…spoiler alert: I AM NOT ONE OF THEM. HA. Anyway, back to Ren’s perpetual allure: He could make me smile with the smallest ‘facial expression’, making for a scene that filled my heart with joy while being so simple. And I think that’s missing in books these days, for me. I just want a simple, cute, breezy YA contemp. Is that too much to ask? Apparently it is: but this book delivered in spades [for me]. And, just like with Anna (Again with those pesky comparisons), I loved our MC. I mean to say: She didn’t annoy the shit out of me-which, honestly, is becoming an increasingly familiar trend. But not here-Lina was sweet, kind, and respectful of Ren’s ‘kind of’ girlfriend. I even liked a certain club scene (Tehe-I love these…) where the knight in shining armor didn’t save the day…but a more unlikely ally shone. I was a bit like pfft WTH! I. WANT. REN…but was immediately satisfied after. Eh. You’ll see. Whatever ha. (It’s getting late, if you can’t tell-since I can’t write reviews during the day anymore and only after little girl is asleep) Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. So…I don’t know. I don’t like making comparisons where I don’t feel comparisons are due, but I also can’t deny I had a lot of those same feels. Maybe it’s the foreign aspect? The having a significant other? A group of friends? Either way, they are each their own individual story with their own individual storylines, they just have some of the same fun things. Like, for instance, one centers solely on the sordid (though I SEVERELY disagree with that word) romance and school while L&G is after a girl’s mother passes and she gets a journal from her mother’s younger years where she was a student in Italy and how she fell in love…and made the wrong choice. It’s about a girl trying to figure out her mother’s story and finding a fast friendship with a boy who wants an adventure, as well, and them following her mother’s footsteps. I don’t know. Perhaps its as simple as Paris and Italy being places I’ve always wanted to go to and these stories transporting me there with fun journeys, vivid story-telling (whether inaccurate or not, I do not care-again, I’m side-eyeing you, Bug. Just…don’t lol), love and romance, and, of course, Gelato. I mean really…what else could a girl ask for? What else do you need? 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  • Rachael ( RachaelRexds )
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really cute & fun contemporary read and I'm glad I decided to pick it up at the library! :)
  • Anna Smith
    January 1, 1970
    "You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it's for the same two things." "What?""Love and gelato." Oh I loved this so much!! So cute and mysterious and I couldn't put it down. A perfect summer read!
  • Gus
    January 1, 1970
    Esta reseña NO contiene spoilers.*pukes rainbows*Este es uno de esos libros ridículamente cursis que son el placer culposo de todo ser humano existente en el planeta tierra. Sí, es surrealista y más fantasioso que la propia fantasía pero OH GOD, QUE BIEN LA PASÉ LEYENDOLO.SINOPSISLove & Gelato nos cuenta la historia de Lina, una adolescente que debe viajar a Italia luego de que su madre muriera y dejara eso como su último deseo. Estando allí, ella recibe el viejo diario de su mamá y descubre Esta reseña NO contiene spoilers.*pukes rainbows*Este es uno de esos libros ridículamente cursis que son el placer culposo de todo ser humano existente en el planeta tierra. Sí, es surrealista y más fantasioso que la propia fantasía pero OH GOD, QUE BIEN LA PASÉ LEYENDOLO.SINOPSISLove & Gelato nos cuenta la historia de Lina, una adolescente que debe viajar a Italia luego de que su madre muriera y dejara eso como su último deseo. Estando allí, ella recibe el viejo diario de su mamá y descubre que su historia esconde muchos más secretos de lo que alguna vez pudo imaginar. A partir de ese momento, se lanza en busca de respuestas mientras recorre Italia encontrando sin querer al amor y, por qué no, deteniéndose de vez en cuando para disfrutar del gelato. PERSONAJESLo normal en este tipo de historias es que sigamos a personajes queribles pero frustrantes a la vez. Esta no es la excepción. Si bien acompañamos a Lina durante toda su travesía y nos interesamos por ella, también dan ganas de bajarla a tierra firme en más de una ocasión. Sus decisiones no son las más acertadas y al igual que el resto de personajes, no siempre procede de la manera más lógica. Fuera de eso, sí me preocupaba que ella esté bien y fue capaz de sacarme más de una sonrisa, así que la perdono por ser un poquiiito irritante de vez en cuando. ¿Los personajes secundarios? No es diferente. Son TODO lo que probablemente se están imaginando.El chico perfecto, el amigo simpático y dispuesto a ayudar, la novia rubia y bitchy que desprecia a la protagonista, el padre inexperto en busca de un vínculo, y así con el resto. Como digo, nada muy especial pero oops, funciona.ESCRITURALa pluma de Jenna Evans Welch es bastante normal. No fue nada del otro mundo pero tampoco estuvo mal. Si bien no me llevó a otros mundos, me dio una idea justa de cómo los personajes se movían por las calles de Italia e interactuaban entre sí: fue creíble.Tiene un "factor contemporáneo" muy bien logrado, lo que obliga al libro a ser adictivo y muy muy ligero. Te despierta el interés adecuado por los personajes y la trama, haciendo que en un abrir y cerrar de ojos hayas leído la mitad del libro.CONCLUSIÓNSip. Esta historia es tan cursi como suena.Es todo lo que necesitamos en medio de lecturas pesadas. Algo divertido, no muy serio, que cumpla con su propósito de entretener y que no requiera procesar demasiado. Lo recomiendo.Está plagado de tópicos, drama y situaciones desesperantes pero seamos honestos, todos disfrutamos de este tipo de lecturas. Si bien no soy un firme creyente de que hay libros por cada estación, en este caso puedo afirmar que Love & Gelato es la definición de libro veraniego. Si planean leerlo, háganlo sentados en el patio bajo los rayos del sol mientras disfrutan de su helado favorito. Me agradecen después.
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  • Drew
    January 1, 1970
    “Maybe that was just part of the Italian experience. Come to Italy. Fall in love. Watch everything blow up in your face. You could probably read about it on travel websites.” 3 1/2 stars. I feel like Love & Gelato is the kind of book most people would say about "oh, that looks cute" and then never bother picking up. I was of the same mindset and almost didn't give it a try. I'm glad I did, because although this book was quite cliché and full of what you'd expect from a chick lit romance - h “Maybe that was just part of the Italian experience. Come to Italy. Fall in love. Watch everything blow up in your face. You could probably read about it on travel websites.” 3 1/2 stars. I feel like Love & Gelato is the kind of book most people would say about "oh, that looks cute" and then never bother picking up. I was of the same mindset and almost didn't give it a try. I'm glad I did, because although this book was quite cliché and full of what you'd expect from a chick lit romance - hence my average rating - it did have some positive things about.For one, the setting. This book took place in Italy and gosh, the setting was so gorgeous. I know that sounds silly - it's not as if I were watching a movie and could "see" the Italian landscape, but that's how it felt as I was reading. The author wrote such vivid descriptions of the scenery that I wanted to go to Italy and visit famous statues and eat gelato.I could relate to the main character, Lina. I really liked Lina, who wasn't a tough girl, but a little bit of a selfish, timid one. She felt real. I think some people might find how "in love" she acted annoying, but I thought she was a pretty accurate portrayal of a sixteen year old. Her mother's dying wish was that she visit Italy where her father lives (whom she's never met), and naturally, Lina is terrified at the prospect.There was also an intriguing subplot about Lina's mother - a mystery of sorts. After Lina's mother dies from cancer, Lina is left wondering what her mother did in Italy that was so important she send her daughter there. When she finds an old journal of her mother's, she follows the clues around Italy.Okay, so this book wasn't perfect. I thought the romance was a bit cheesy and the love triangle unnecessary - of course, the boy Lina liked had to have a girlfriend whom Lina solely referred to as "blonde Swedish supermodel" and her friends called an "Ice Queen." I wasn't a fan of that. “I met his girlfriend tonight. She’s like Sadie Danes, only Swedish. And Photoshopped.” Look, I get that Lina was jealous of Mimi, Ren's girlfriend, and I know girls aren't always nice to each other (nor do I expect them to be). But come on, calling someone "Photoshopped" when you first lay eyes on them? I think that says more about Lina's character than Mimi's. Lina never once tried to get to know Mimi, but instead made condescending remarks about her.The love triangle was also resolved super hastily so Lina could end up with her "one true love" at the end. I think if the romance had been more carefully written and had a more realistic portrayal, I would have really enjoyed this book. Exotic location, a cute plot, and a page turner? If only some of the characters weren't so quickly stereotyped as "evil bad guys" based on their looks alone.
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  • Zoha
    January 1, 1970
    “You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they sat, it's for the same two things.""What?""Love and gelato.” ▬♥Remember A&FK? An American girl living a Paris dream?? *Insert Italy in place of France plus a lot more drama minus Ettiene's level of cuteness* Yep. You got it right! Its Love & Gelato. ▬♥L&G is story about a girl, Lina (even her name rhymes with Anna) who went to Italy because of her mother's deathbed wish. It is a sweet story with lots of gelatos “You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they sat, it's for the same two things.""What?""Love and gelato.” ▬♥Remember A&FK? An American girl living a Paris dream?? *Insert Italy in place of France plus a lot more drama minus Ettiene's level of cuteness* Yep. You got it right! Its Love & Gelato. ▬♥L&G is story about a girl, Lina (even her name rhymes with Anna) who went to Italy because of her mother's deathbed wish. It is a sweet story with lots of gelatos and occasional spicey nuggets. Lina is a teenager with a tendency to be a brat sometimes. She has recently lost her mother and her father is AWOL from scenario. Her mother wants her to live with his friend, Lina's alleged father, Howard. Lina is NOT happy. ▬♥Like most of contemporary books, the plot is predictable most of the times. Lina's mother has left a journal for her to tell her the things she hasn't told her in her life.The writer wants to surprise us, I'll give you that, but all her surprises were predictable. In fact, all the things were so damn cliche I was mad at Lina most of the times for not figuring out simple things. ▬♥The only good thing in the book is that we get to travel Florence,Italy with the MC. The places she gets to see, mostly with Ren-the love interest, and all the experiences she got and a trip to Roma though that was a complete disaster. But I loved Florence!▬♥And pizza and GELATO!! Food descriptions were good. Italian people or better yet Lina's Italian American friends added the flavor to the story but though I liked the Ren the romance was not quite memorable. ▬♥Lina's mother's story was so cliche. So so cliche! That my eyes were literally hurt from rolling them so much. I did not like her one bit. Her story was over-dramatic and not in the least interesting. Overall it was a good summer read.3 stars
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  • Sab
    January 1, 1970
    This is not something I usually do. I don't write reviews. But I really have to get something out of my chest: I am SO TIRED of American authors writing books about Italy/Italian people without even bothering to double-check what the hell they are talking about.So the main character is Lina (really? Is it supposed to be a popular Italian name?). Her mother dies of cancer and she has to move to Italy to live with her estranged father. So she arrives to her father's house (that is in the middle of This is not something I usually do. I don't write reviews. But I really have to get something out of my chest: I am SO TIRED of American authors writing books about Italy/Italian people without even bothering to double-check what the hell they are talking about.So the main character is Lina (really? Is it supposed to be a popular Italian name?). Her mother dies of cancer and she has to move to Italy to live with her estranged father. So she arrives to her father's house (that is in the middle of cemetery ?? okay) and that's when it starts getting reaaaally annoying.She meets Sonia, her dad's assistant (or something like that), and OF COURSE Sonia is a "tall, gazelle-like woman with coffee-colored skin and rows of gold bracelets on each arm. Gorgeous." OF COURSE. I mean. Italians are all tall, beautiful gazelle-like people with coffee-colored skin. Even those who live in Tuscany (which is center-northern Italy, fyi). That's why I'm as pale as a ghost.Anyway. They sit to have dinner (the table OF COURSE was “set with a red-checkered cloth”), lasagna and garlic bread (come on guys, garlic bread is so an American thing) and her father informs her that she can't FaceTime her best friend because "Italy isn’t exactly on the cutting edge of technology” (I mean REALLY? You do realize that it's 2017 in Italy as well?). And then he offers her wine because "Italy doesn’t have a drinking age" which is SO untrue I MEAN WHAT HELL? Get your facts straight. That's when I decided to DNF the book. At, like, page 25. If I could give "Love & Gelato" 0 stars I honestly would.
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  • Siena Mirabella
    January 1, 1970
    3.75! this book was so sugary sweet and young. bonus points for it taking place in tuscany :')
  • Mackenzie Lane
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars!If this book were a food, it'd be cotton candy. So stinkin' cute & sweet!! I enjoyed our main character, Lina, and reading about her adventures in Italy with Howard and Ren so much! The parts that mentioned Lina's grief over her mother's recent death were well-written, and I found this sentence near the end of the book to be especially gut-wrenching in its relatability:"My mom was gone. And I missed her so much I sometimes wondered how I was breathing."I mean, who hasn't felt this w 4 stars!If this book were a food, it'd be cotton candy. So stinkin' cute & sweet!! I enjoyed our main character, Lina, and reading about her adventures in Italy with Howard and Ren so much! The parts that mentioned Lina's grief over her mother's recent death were well-written, and I found this sentence near the end of the book to be especially gut-wrenching in its relatability:"My mom was gone. And I missed her so much I sometimes wondered how I was breathing."I mean, who hasn't felt this way before??? Maybe not specifically about a death, but just when you're utterly heartbroken? I KNOW I HAVE. I liked the author's writing style I guess is what I'm trying to say.Now, this book is not without its flaws. There's insta-love. And if you know me, then you know I loathe insta-love. But this instance of insta-love was a bit of an easier pill to swallow than other cases of insta-love that felt like dry swallowing a jagged Dorito without properly chewing it up first *cough cough* Once and For All by Sarah DessenThere are also cheesy & corny moments sprinkled within the pages of this book, but the cringiness was kind of endearing, in an odd way?? AND THE "MyStErY" ASPECT OF HADLEY'S JOURNAL (Hadley was Lina's mother btw). I'm gonna be honest: there was no mystery. For the entirety of the book I was just waiting for Lina to get to the conclusion I had already arrived at, like, 250 pages ago. But it was all okay because Lina is in Italy and she's exploring these rad places during summer break and if that's not what I wish I was doing rather than sitting in my bedroom typing up this review currently !!!!!! But I digress.I can definitely see myself picking this book up again in the future, because it was heart warming & because I might be a little in love with Howard.... A near perfect read for the spring/summer time, I obviously recommend it!!
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