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Flirting in Italian Hardcover – 12 Jun 2012


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  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers (12 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385741359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385741354
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,304,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber on 24 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
I was initially driven to pick this up because of my current obsession with all things Rome. Of course, this book isn't actually set in Rome, but it's close enough. A lot closer than I was to Rome before this Wednesday. I was in the mood for a fun contemporary, so I went ahead and grabbed this one when I was in between books.

Since the synopsis gives away very little info, let me give you a brief summary of Flirting in Italian. Basically, Violet discovers that she looks exactly like a lady in an Italian painting. She decides to go to Italy to figure this mystery out, and there she meets a few new friends, some guys, and a bunch of Italians. See, this is why I don't ever write summaries in my reviews, because I suck.

My favourite thing about Flirting in Italian is, quite predictably, the setting. The whole thing made me very excited for my own trip to Rome - which is where I am right now as you're reading this, in fact - because it made Italy sound beautiful. Of course, my Rome experience is undoubtedly going to be different, because Violet stayed in a very different place. And she didn't have an obsession with gladiators.

Aside from the perfect setting, there wasn't much else about Flirting in Italian that I did enjoy. The main character, Violet, was tolerable, although she comes across as very judgemental. It became very annoying, especially since I was trying to get to know other characters and she was bitching about them inside her head.

The love interest, whatever his name is, was also a prat. He kept trying to put Violet in her place, because it was constantly implied that he was right all the time and she was wrong. I don't know, I didn't like it. He was also very judgemental.
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Format: Paperback
Written in first person narrative, from Violet's point of view. Violet has a passion for art and a mystery to solve when she sees a portrait of a girl that could be her twin. After a little research Violet discovers a link between the painting and an old Italian castle. Her curiosity leads her to find an art summer school located in a villa not far from the castle. More of a finishing school than an actual art course, Violet's mother is initially skeptical about letting Violet go for the Summer.

Violet's mother is overprotective and an absolute drama queen. As an ex-model she does place a value on travel for educational purposes, and its the broadening of the mind that wins out enabling Violet to attend the summer school.

However, there is more than meets the eye at Villa Barbiano, everyone has their secrets. There is the obligatory mean girl in the form of Elisa (the daughter of the owner of Villa Barbiano). She resents her mother for opening their home to foreign students but is quite happy to live off the income it generates.

Elisa's attempts to undermine the guests has the reverse effect and causes them to bond whereas I think they would have remained separate if Elisa hadn't interfered. Totally backfiring on Elisa. The 4 girls all have completely different personalities; 2 American, 2 British. I found Violet to be the nicest of the 4 as she tries to look for the best in people. This doesn't make her a pushover in any way. I did feel that this book barely scratched the surface of the characters, their personalities and interactions. I have a feeling that there are going to be some huge revelations in the sequel *crosses fingers*

I felt that the male characters in this book mainly provided candy for the imagination apart from Luca.
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Format: Hardcover
Flirting in Italian is one of those stories that would be a perfect summer read. It's fun and fresh with lovable characters. It follows Violet, an english teenager who travels to Italy in search of answers on who she is after she discovers a very old painting of a girl who looks just like her. Along the way she makes friends and ememies. As well as falling head over heals for Luca, whose family may just hold the answers to Violet's questions.

I completely devoured this wonderful book. At first I thought it was a little slow and I didn't really get into until Violet gets to Italy but once I did I was completely blown away it. Lauren has create something so magical and beautiful that you really feel like you are in the story with the characters. Going through everything they are going through. When I was reading it played like movie. And yes, I feel like this would make an fantastic movie that the females would adore!!

Violet I have to admit I didn't connect with straight away. I thought the idea of her going to Italy on a whime to chase some ancient painting alone was a tad unrealistic. However, as I continued to with the story, I found myself warming up to her and finding her very smart and witty. The relationships she developed with the three other girls she is staying with in Italy brings out different sides of her. She becomes quite protective and bonds with them. I found that really nice. When she meets Luca there is an instant attraction. Now usually this bugs me but Lauren has managed to do this is real way. Especially as its like a love/hate attraction between them both. At time's it is very sweet, hot and sexy. Others its comical and I just wanted to bang their heads together. LOL But yeah, I swooned over Luca so it was easy to see why Violet liked him so much.
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