By: April Lindner
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 27, 2015
While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.
In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.
Unfortunately, the book didn't knock my socks off.
Let's start in the beginning. As I read, it seemed very intriguing. Lucy and her friend go on a trip to Europe and their last stop is Italy. There, she meets Jesse, who is, surprisingly, NOT Italian: he's American! I actually loved this little detail because it made this book stand out a bit from other books in which the heroine falls for a foreign guy that lives across the globe from her. The trip ends and the two characters exchange e-mails. Lucy goes back to America and Jesse stays in Italy, living his life.
As predicted, the two aren't able to communicate with each other as well as they were able to when they were together, and they start to become distant. This affects Lucy deeply, and she tries to accommodate for it by moving on with her life in all aspects and starts to date another guy. But Jesse comes back into her life once again...
Many parts of the book was a bit of a "filler" part and irked me. I love the whole aspect of Lucy finding her own self and being able to do what she wants and carve her own path, but I didn't like her character as much and she really pissed me off at times. I really wish that we got to know Jesse's thoughts on the whole ordeal as well. I mean, it doesn't even have to be in a dual POV, but the thing was even when Lucy confronts him, the author never really let Jesse speak his mind to Lucy, and when he did, it was a bit confusing and the readers really had to think about what he meant and what the possible implications could have been.
Overall, this is a nice story if you just want a quick read and not want to read something that's deep and will make you think. This book did pick up its pace towards the end and got more enjoyable, so it's not a terrible book at all!