OK, so some readers have found plenty to criticise, be it the Italian grammar, stereotypes, or Elizabeth's character. I would agree Elizabeth can get on your nerves, however, Parks spells out for us the shallow, lazy, hopeless romantic that Elizabeth is. Yes, she uses stereotypes, but she is chastised for this and for wallowing in her own self pity. As a character she is completely self absorbed. And yet this is what makes this book so compelling. I took it on holiday and read it over 3 days. Elizabeth is quite capable of a lot of things like most of us, yet most of the time she simply cannot be bothered. I should imagine that not everyone who visits Italy as a teenager gets to go back? What's wrong with that? The ending has a nice twist although I found the final chapter to be without much substance and playing into the stereotype of 'happy ever after'. I have read several of Parks books and enjoyed them for what they are. Don't over analyse and you will find the story a very enjoyable read!