Book Name: Wish you were Italian
Author: Kristin Rae
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 3 out of 5
Format: Hardcover checked out from the local library
Goodreads’ words: Pippa has always wanted to go to Italy … but not by herself. And certainly not to sit in art school the entire summer learning about dead guys’ paintings. When she steps off the plane in Rome, she realizes that traveling solo gives her the freedom to do whatever she wants. So it’s arrivederci, boring art program and ciao, hot Italian guys!Charming, daring, and romantic, Bruno is just the Italian Pippa’s looking for—except she keeps running into cute American archeology student Darren everywhere she goes. Pippa may be determined to fall in love with an Italian guy … but the electricity she feels with Darren says her heart might have other plans. Can Pippa figure out her feelings before her parents discover she left the program and—even worse—she loses her chance at love?
My Words: Wish You Were Italian was a cute, breezy read for the most part. If you want to be transported to the beautiful views of Italy and indulge in a little wishful, sweet romance, Wish You Were Italian might be a good book to pick up. While I wasn’t completely enamoured with the story, I will say that several aspects were done quite well, including the descriptions of Italy and the romance (for the most part).
As far as main characters go, I thought Pippa was not that great. Pippa is pissed that her parents are sending her to Florence, Italy for the summer. Um..I don’t know, was I supposed to feel sad for her?! She’s supposed to study art history there, which she doesn’t want to do because she wants to be a photographer. I think this one is the main flaw in the story setting. Won’t a person need to study art history if they go to college to study photography and be a better photographer? This makes the whole foundation of the story a bit unsettling. When Pippa arrives in Rome, she wants to stay and be a tourist. So she ditches her program in Florence, which I am assuming is not that great a place for tourism (?!). She doesn’t think twice about the money her parents paid for the program while she goes on and on about how her Mom treats her unfairly. There are no reasons given entirely on why her relationship with her parents is the way it is.
And…The Love Triangle! This wasn’t one of the worst love triangles I’ve ever read. Just that it was really frustrating because come on, we all knew who Pippa should REALLY be with. The other characters in the book were not bad, just that they were very poorly developed than Pippa and seemed to be just a few cardboard cutouts than having any depths to their personality. The only good thing other than the beautiful descriptions of Italy was the journal that her friend gives to Pippa. That was a fun thing and sweet of Morgan to do it for Pippa.
I think WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN has its good points. It certainly makes me want to visit Italy and see all the sites for myself. But the setting has more character than the actual characters. It was cute, but a little too cheesy for me. In the end, I liked it, but barely. It’s a 3 out of 5 for the description of Italy and gelato alone.