Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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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!
To be honest, it was a struggle to get through this. The beginning may have been the worst part - it didn't hold my interest at all. Violet, the main character, spends a lot of time commenting on/complaining about her looks in the beginning while her mother's dialogue seemed completely unrealistic.
I was excited for Italian boys. But Luca is a character I wanted to punch most of the time. He had his sweet moments, of course, but the majority of the book he was an ass, plain and simple. Even Violet thinks so. But only some of the time. She'll think he's a jerk and then twenty seconds later he's like the hottest thing on Earth.
There were a ton of typos. Normally, I don't fault an ARC for that, but there were more than I've ever seen in any ARC. They were distracting, to say the least.
The mystery of the painting didn't really make sense to me. In the first few pages of the book, Violet finds a painting from the 1700s (I think?) that looks exactly like her. But everything involving this painting - and there weren't many - seemed extremely disconnected. And then the ending - you still don't find out what's up with the painting. I've heard there's going to be a sequel, but this could have easily been wrapped up in one book. Especially considering hardly anything happened in this one.
The best part, by far, was the simple fact that this book is set in Italy. It's fun to get glimpses at the culture, and the way Lauren Henderson describes Italy is beautiful.
Overall: Flirting in Italian spent most of its time annoying me, in some way. However, it had its moments. It can definitely be classified as a summer read. If you're looking for something quick and mindless, this is definitely it. 2 stars.