Review: Flirting in Italian

6.25.2012
Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//



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.

~Zoey~
17 comments on "Review: Flirting in Italian"
  1. I like the cover of this and wanted it to be good, but I have seen a lot of iffy reviews. I think I may pass on this one.

    I think I'm just noticing you have changed your blog. It's pretty, I love the colors !

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  2. Most people don't seem to be liking this book. I was super excited for it, but I don't think I'll read it. Great review, Zoey!

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  3. Man! I was so siked for this book to come out, but it's been getting all these negative reviews. It is now being removed from my TBR list.

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  4. I haven't heard many good things about this one. I am glad that I passed on it. Great review!

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  5. I was drawn in by the purple scooted (because how can you not be?), but my reading and everyone else's made this one pretty much tank in my mind. So disappointing :(

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  6. :( ew. I only had a passing interest in this book, but it looked like a cute, summery read. It's always disappointing when a book looks wonderful, but turns out to be the complete opposite.

    I think I'll be passing on this one.

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  7. Oh no. I was wanting to review this one. But lately I am not so sure... The reviews are not so positive for the most part. Le sigh...

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  8. I was skeptical of this book from the minute I saw it on Goodreads. It just seemed like another one of those books with no real plot, just an insecure MC and a hot guy for her to fall in love with.
    No thank you!

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  9. Well, this sucks. I absolutely love her and hearing that the book isn't that great makes me kinda sad. :(

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  10. It's terrible that this wasn't for you. I've been reading mixed reviews about this one. Hopefully knowing that it's a light read will make it better for me.

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  11. I probably wouldn't even have read this book anyway...but you just confirmed that, haha.

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  12. I've heard A LOT of people saying that this one totally disappointed... which makes me sad because I thought that this would be a good book. There was so much hype about it before it was released. Oh well. I hate asshole guy characters. I'm not reading this book.
    Thanks for the review!

    Alyssa Susanna

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  14. It's a shame you had troubles with this, it sounded interesting :/ Don't think I'll be picking it up anytime soon. Thanks for the honest review!

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  15. I read a teen/mystery series by the author and really liked it. So i was actually wanting to read this book (I tried to get it on netgalley but was rejected).

    I've seen a few people saying they struggled through it. :(

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  16. It looks cute, it's too bad it's not as great as I thought it'd be.

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  17. This looked like a great summer read, but if the guys are punchable, then what's the point?

    Too bad the mystery didn't make sense:(

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6.25.2012

Review: Flirting in Italian

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//



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.

~Zoey~

17 comments:

  1. I like the cover of this and wanted it to be good, but I have seen a lot of iffy reviews. I think I may pass on this one.

    I think I'm just noticing you have changed your blog. It's pretty, I love the colors !

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  2. Most people don't seem to be liking this book. I was super excited for it, but I don't think I'll read it. Great review, Zoey!

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  3. Man! I was so siked for this book to come out, but it's been getting all these negative reviews. It is now being removed from my TBR list.

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  4. I haven't heard many good things about this one. I am glad that I passed on it. Great review!

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  5. I was drawn in by the purple scooted (because how can you not be?), but my reading and everyone else's made this one pretty much tank in my mind. So disappointing :(

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  6. :( ew. I only had a passing interest in this book, but it looked like a cute, summery read. It's always disappointing when a book looks wonderful, but turns out to be the complete opposite.

    I think I'll be passing on this one.

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  7. Oh no. I was wanting to review this one. But lately I am not so sure... The reviews are not so positive for the most part. Le sigh...

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  8. I was skeptical of this book from the minute I saw it on Goodreads. It just seemed like another one of those books with no real plot, just an insecure MC and a hot guy for her to fall in love with.
    No thank you!

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  9. Well, this sucks. I absolutely love her and hearing that the book isn't that great makes me kinda sad. :(

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  10. It's terrible that this wasn't for you. I've been reading mixed reviews about this one. Hopefully knowing that it's a light read will make it better for me.

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  11. I probably wouldn't even have read this book anyway...but you just confirmed that, haha.

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  12. I've heard A LOT of people saying that this one totally disappointed... which makes me sad because I thought that this would be a good book. There was so much hype about it before it was released. Oh well. I hate asshole guy characters. I'm not reading this book.
    Thanks for the review!

    Alyssa Susanna

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  14. It's a shame you had troubles with this, it sounded interesting :/ Don't think I'll be picking it up anytime soon. Thanks for the honest review!

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  15. I read a teen/mystery series by the author and really liked it. So i was actually wanting to read this book (I tried to get it on netgalley but was rejected).

    I've seen a few people saying they struggled through it. :(

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  16. It looks cute, it's too bad it's not as great as I thought it'd be.

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  17. This looked like a great summer read, but if the guys are punchable, then what's the point?

    Too bad the mystery didn't make sense:(

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