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Love & Gelato Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Welch, Jenna Evans
ISBN: 1481432559     ISBN-13: 9781481432559
Publisher: Simon Pulse
    OUR PRICE: $9.89  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: May 2017
Annotation: A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this New York Times bestselling debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

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 Lina 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 Lina 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.

Kirkus Reviews called Love & Gelato “a sure bet for fans of romance fiction,” while VOYA said readers “will find it difficult to put this book down.” Readers are about to discover a new place, a new romance, and a new talent.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Secrets; Fiction.
Love; Fiction.
Diaries; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017016768
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (0.75 lbs) 389 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 183269
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q69996
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 19.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring)
Following her mom's sudden death from pancreatic cancer, sixteen-year-old Lina moves to Tuscany to stay with the father she just learned exists. Lina's mother's journal (snippets of which are interspersed) from her own time in the region helps shape Lina's experience and sparks a little mystery. The novel's well-rendered, swoon-worthy setting adds emotional weight to the romantic subplots (both Lina's and her mother's). Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 December)

Gr 7 Up—Carolina, who prefers Lina, is learning how to cope with her mother's death from pancreatic cancer in a new city and country—Florence, Italy. Thanks to a journal left behind from her mother, Lina embarks on an adventure to discover how choices impact love, friendships, and hope. The novel is fast-paced, with plenty of grin-inducing moments. Readers might be frustrated by Lina's occasional inattentiveness to her new environment, but the writing has charm and contains generous sprinkles of Italian commands and phrases. Lina's capacity for and understanding of love transform beautifully over the course of the novel; the book is not solely about her personal romance but also other characters' interwoven love stories. VERDICT A good addition for teens with wanderlust.—Briana Moore, School Library Journal

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