Review: Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Flirting in ItalianFlirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

  • ISBN-13: 9780385741354
  • Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: Netgalley

Synopsis:

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!

My Thoughts:

 The synopsis for Flirting In Italian lead me to believe that this book was about something totally different that what I thought.  I was actually pleasantly surprised by the difference in what I thought the book was going to be and what I found when I read it.

Violet had always felt like she didn’t really belong in her family.  She doesn’t look like anyone in her family.  She is shocked to find a picture in an art museum  that looks exactly like her, a mirror image.  Violet hatches a plan that will allow her to explore the origins of the painting in Italy.  Without much convincing, Violet is enrolled in a summer program to learn Italian in a small program in Italy.  Once arriving in Italy, she realizes that she will be in the program with 2 American girls and another girl from Europe.  The finishing school is right near the castle where the painting is thought to have been painted.  Violet has to try to figure out how to research the castle and keep it under raps because she does not want the other girls to know. 

I really thought that Flirting in Italian was going to be about Violet figuring out how she is relate to the mystery painting but it was so much more.  It was about relationships and not just romantic one.  The bond built between the four girls is great and the way they come together was interesting and more than I expected.  Violet also fall for the son of the woman who runs the finishing school, this adds a romantic side to the story with a lot of kissing.  Then there is the mystery of the castle and how it ties in.  

Lauren Henderson was able to balance all of these different areas and provide a story that kept me guess as to what was going to happen next.  I originally figured that Flirting in Italian was going to be a predictable YA contemporary but I am pleased to report that is was so much more than that.   If you are looking for a book that will deliver more than you expect, check out Flirting in Italian.

My Rating:

 

 

 

4 Stars – This was a surprising story with lots of twist and turns

  • Wow this does sound like so much more than I thought it would be. I’m really excited to try this one out now.

    You know I read an adult book like this about 6 months ago that you might like. It was called The Legend of Lady Maclaoch by Becky Banks, you might enjoy it.

    Thanks for the great review!