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This was a highly enjoyable summer read. When I think of quintessential summer reading, I think of a book that is indulgent, entertaining, and fast-paced. Love & Gelato hit all those marks for me. The characters are well developed, the story is interesting, there are enough twists to keep the plot moving forward, and the romance is very cute. I liked getting to know all of the main characters in this story. This book could benefit from being longer, in order to flesh out different parts of the plot and characters. Some of the supporting characters could've had more time in the book. I would've liked to know more about the friend group in Italy and Addie in Seattle. However it is a great read as it is.
At first I thought this was any old sad story.
But it after a few chapters I couldn't put down. Beautiful. Such a sweet story.
Now this is one time favorite. Maybe one day I'll buy it online for eBay.
It had romance in it too.
After her mom passed away from pancreatic cancer, Lina goes to Italy as per her mother’s request. There, she finds a journal belonging to her mother back when she was only 20. As Lina explores this mysterious and romantic country, she learns not only of how her mother’s choices have impacted her future, but how her own choices will too. This is a heartfelt novel that would make readers grin in delight. It was very emotional for both Lina and us, readers, to experience the life of Lina’s mother and to get to know the story of not just one inspiring lady, but two. There was a good mix of romance into the overall plot but Lina’s self-exploration and discovery was the main focus. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who want to experience the magical country known as Italy with a bit of love and a whole lot of gelato. Rating: 4.5/5
@Iron_Rose of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch is a simple and romantic novel that is perfect for anyone in the mood for a cheesy and slightly adventurous story.
Lina travels to Italy to live with her father who was absent her entire life as her mother’s last dying wish. Although Italy is known for its rustic beauty, Lina isn’t there for the “love and gelato,” but instead, she uncovers the life of her twenty-something mother when she lived in Italy from the journal she left behind. Lina is fascinated with the life her mother lived and the secrets that she never knew before, and goes on adventures with her new friend, Ren.
I rate this book a 3/5 and recommend it to ages 11 and up.
- @ilovefood of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This book is simply wonderful and is unlike any other. “Love & Gelato” is a beautiful romance novel that intertwines the story of Lina and her mom. You will follow Lina on her journey of piecing together her mother's past... and her own. The unique setting will definitely keep you interested throughout the book. I loved the character development and how Lina grew as she met new friends and went on thrilling adventures. I also enjoyed the humor and the fun feel of the novel. This book will captivate you and certainly leave you with a smile on your face. I thoroughly recommend this book for teen romance enthusiasts and those looking for a light, heart-warming read. Rating: 5/5
- @goldendog of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Awesome book full of unexpected plot twists. I couldn't put it down and so I finished this book in one day. My only complaint is that it wasn't longer!!
After her mother's death, Lina goes to Italy to stay with the father she has never met. When she arrives she is given a diary her mother wrote during her time in Italy and in it Lina finds her mother's story of living in Italy, and uncovers some of the mysteries of her own birth. The characters in this novel are well developed. I love Lina and loved the mystery. It was interesting watching Howard and Lina getting to know each other, and watching Lina attempt to find love and answers. A fun read with some serious moments, and a lot of heart.
This was a really good book. It had lots of twists and unexpected things in it. It was really descriptive, and a great book overall!
This is cuter than I was expecting it to be. One of my book clubs chose it and I wasn't thrilled to start it, but it ended up being fun. I love Florence so the setting had something to do with it, as well as that it remind me quite a bit of "Anna and the French Kiss" which I adored.
I enjoyed this story and sighed a happy sigh at its conclusion. A half star off for the caricature of "X." When Lina finally meets him in person, his character seems a bit predictable and over-the-top. Other than that it was the perfect YA romance laced with laugh-out-loud moments and swoony romance. I'm excited to see what this debut YA author (previous adult author) has for us next. When reading the acknowledgements at the end of the book, I was surprised to find out that Jenna Evans Welch is Richard Paul Evans daughter. I guess the romance writing gene has been passed on.
This book is perfect for the summer because it is a fast and lighthearted read with realistic descriptions of Italy. Cute romance and friendship is involved. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
I literally love this book so much. I'm going to read it over and over and over again. It has all the best things in one book: Italy, a cute friendship/romance, some drama, and FOOD!!!
Favorite read so far this summer. I loved the characters and location. It was a light, fun, and fast read.
Jenna Evans Welch - daughter of Richard Paul Evans - writes with the same ability as her father; the ability to write prose that will tug at your heartstrings. Welch writes the story of sixteen year old Lina, a book meant for Young adults. But, she grabbed my (a senior's) attention too. Welch writes with a maturity and understanding that belies her age. Teenagers will benefit from reading this book about Lina, her dead mother, and her search for a father - a search that ends in her finding love and Gelato in Italy .LIna falls in love with Florence and like her mother finds that FLorence is the perfect place to fall in love, which means it is the perfect place to be heartbroken.Eventually she finds that every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. What a deep realisation from such a young girl.
I got engaged on the Ponte Vecchio and married a boy who speaks Italian, so how could I not think it was a cute romance?!
Sweet just like gelato.