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Love & Gelato Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-06 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 233 user ratings
ISBN:1481432559
LANGUAGE:English

" I so LOVED this book! If you can't go to Florence, but still want to experience it, reading this book will make it seem just like you're there! Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest " said.

" Soube-me a pouco, queria muito mais, mas foi uma história encantadora, bonita e com personagens adoráveis.Adorei cada momento, adoro histórias que se passem em Itália, com amor e gelato à mistura.Adorei a Lina, o Ren e o Howard, ah o Howard... ele não podia ser melhor, podia? Homens como ele já existem poucos. Uma leitura young-adult deliciosa, que se lê num instante e nos deixa com um gostinho de quero mais. " said.

"This is not something I usually do. I don't write reviews. But I really have to get something out of my chest: I am SO TIRED of American authors writing books about Italy/Italian people without even bothering to double-check what the hell they are talking about.
So the main character is Lina (really? Is it supposed to be a popular Italian name?). Her mother dies of cancer and she has to move to Italy to live with her estranged father. So she arrives to her father's house (that is in the middle of cemetery ?? okay) and that's when it stats getting reaaaally annoying.
She meets Sonia, her dad's assistant (or something like that), and OF COURSE Sonia is a "tall, gazelle-like woman with coffee-colored skin and rows of gold bracelets on each arm. Gorgeous." OF COURSE. I mean. Italians are all tall, beautiful gazelle-like people with coffee-colored skin. Even those who live in Tuscany (which is center-northern Italy, fyi). That's why I'm as pale as a ghost.
Anyway. They sit to have dinner (the table OF COURSE was “set with a red-checkered cloth”), lasagna and garlic bread (come on guys, garlic bread is so an American thing) and her father informs her that she can't FaceTime her best friend because "Italy isn’t exactly on the cutting edge of technology” (I mean REALLY? You do realize that it's 2017 in Italy as well?). And then he offers her wine because "“Italy doesn’t have a drinking age" which is SO untrue I MEAN WHAT HELL? Get your facts straight.
That's when I decided to DNF the book. At, like, page 25. If I could give "Love & Gelato" 0 stars I honestly would.
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" 3.75! this book was so sugary sweet and young. bonus points for it taking place in tuscany :') " said.

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“Maybe that was just part of the Italian experience. Come to Italy. Fall in love. Watch everything blow up in your face. You could probably read about it on travel websites.”

3 1/2 stars. I feel like Love & Gelato is the kind of book most people would say about "oh, that looks cute" and then never bother picking up. I was of the same mindset and almost didn't give it a try. I'm glad I did, because although this book was quite cliché and full of what you'd expect from a chick lit romance - hence my average rating - it did have some positive things about.

For one, the setting. This book took place in Italy and gosh, the setting was so gorgeous. I know that sounds silly - it's not as if I were watching a movie and could "see" the Italian landscape, but that's how it felt as I was reading. The author wrote such vivid descriptions of the scenery that I wanted to go to Italy and visit famous statues and eat gelato.

I could relate to the main character, Lina. I really liked Lina, who wasn't a tough girl, but a little bit of a selfish, timid one. She felt real. I think some people might find how "in love" she acted annoying, but I thought she was a pretty accurate portrayal of a sixteen year old. Her mother's dying wish was that she visit Italy where her father lives (whom she's never met), and naturally, Lina is terrified at the prospect.

There was also an intriguing subplot about Lina's mother - a mystery of sorts. After Lina's mother dies from cancer, Lina is left wondering what her mother did in Italy that was so important she send her daughter there. When she finds an old journal of her mother's, she follows the clues around Italy.

Okay, so this book wasn't perfect. I thought the romance was a bit cheesy and the love triangle unnecessary - of course, the boy Lina liked had to have a girlfriend whom Lina solely referred to as "blonde Swedish supermodel" and her friends called an "Ice Queen." I wasn't a fan of that.

“I met his girlfriend tonight. She’s like Sadie Danes, only Swedish. And Photoshopped.”

Look, I get that Lina was jealous of Mimi, Ren's girlfriend, and I know girls aren't always nice to each other (nor do I expect them to be). But come on, calling someone "Photoshopped" when you first lay eyes on them? I think that says more about Lina's character than Mimi's. Lina never once tried to get to know Mimi, but instead made condescending remarks about her.

The love triangle was also resolved super hastily so Lina could end up with her "one true love" at the end. I think if the romance had been more carefully written and had a more realistic portrayal, I would have really enjoyed this book. Exotic location, a cute plot, and a page turner? If only some of the characters weren't so quickly stereotyped as "evil bad guys" based on their looks alone." said.

"Esta reseña NO contiene spoilers.

*pukes rainbows*
Este es uno de esos libros ridículamente cursis que son el placer culposo de todo ser humano existente en el planeta tierra. Sí, es surrealista y más fantasioso que la propia fantasía pero OH GOD, QUE BIEN LA PASÉ LEYENDOLO.
SINOPSIS
Love & Gelato nos cuenta la historia de Lina, una adolescente que debe viajar a Italia luego de que su madre muriera y dejara eso como su último deseo. Estando allí, ella recibe el viejo diario de su mamá y descubre que su historia esconde muchos más secretos de lo que alguna vez pudo imaginar. A partir de ese momento, se lanza en busca de respuestas mientras recorre Italia encontrando sin querer al amor y, por qué no, deteniéndose de vez en cuando para disfrutar del gelato.
PERSONAJES
Lo normal en este tipo de historias es que sigamos a personajes queribles pero frustrantes a la vez. Esta no es la excepción. Si bien acompañamos a Lina durante toda su travesía y nos interesamos por ella, también dan ganas de bajarla a tierra firme en más de una ocasión. Sus decisiones no son las más acertadas y al igual que el resto de personajes, no siempre procede de la manera más lógica. Fuera de eso, sí me preocupaba que ella esté bien y fue capaz de sacarme más de una sonrisa, así que la perdono por ser un poquiiito irritante de vez en cuando.
¿Los personajes secundarios? No es diferente. Son TODO lo que probablemente se están imaginando.
El chico perfecto, el amigo simpático y dispuesto a ayudar, la novia rubia y bitchy que desprecia a la protagonista, el padre inexperto en busca de un vínculo, y así con el resto. Como digo, nada muy especial pero oops, funciona.
ESCRITURA
La pluma de Jenna Evans Welch es bastante normal. No fue nada del otro mundo pero tampoco estuvo mal. Si bien no me llevó a otros mundos, me dio una idea justa de cómo los personajes se movían por las calles de Italia e interactuaban entre sí: fue creíble.
Tiene un "factor contemporáneo" muy bien logrado, lo que obliga al libro a ser adictivo y muy muy ligero. Te despierta el interés adecuado por los personajes y la trama, haciendo que en un abrir y cerrar de ojos hayas leído la mitad del libro.
CONCLUSIÓN
Sip. Esta historia es tan cursi como suena.
Es todo lo que necesitamos en medio de lecturas pesadas. Algo divertido, no muy serio, que cumpla con su propósito de entretener y que no requiera procesar demasiado. Lo recomiendo.
Está plagado de tópicos, drama y situaciones desesperantes pero seamos honestos, todos disfrutamos de este tipo de lecturas.
Si bien no soy un firme creyente de que hay libros por cada estación, en este caso puedo afirmar que Love & Gelato es la definición de libro veraniego. Si planean leerlo, háganlo sentados en el patio bajo los rayos del sol mientras disfrutan de su helado favorito. Me agradecen después.
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" “You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they sat, it's for the same two things."
"What?"
"Love and gelato.”


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▬♥Remember A&FK? An American girl living a Paris dream?? *Insert Italy in place of France plus a lot more drama minus Ettiene's level of cuteness* Yep. You got it right! Its Love & Gelato.

▬♥L&G is story about a girl, Lina (even her name rhymes with Anna) who went to Italy because of her mother's deathbed wish. It is a sweet story with lots of gelatos and occasional spicey nuggets. Lina is a teenager with a tendency to be a brat sometimes. She has recently lost her mother and her father is AWOL from scenario. Her mother wants her to live with his friend, Lina's alleged father, Howard. Lina is NOT happy.

▬♥Like most of contemporary books, the plot is predictable most of the times. Lina's mother has left a journal for her to tell her the things she hasn't told her in her life.The writer wants to surprise us, I'll give you that, but all her surprises were predictable. In fact, all the things were so damn cliche I was mad at Lina most of the times for not figuring out simple things.

▬♥The only good thing in the book is that we get to travel Florence,Italy with the MC. The places she gets to see, mostly with Ren-the love interest, and all the experiences she got and a trip to Roma though that was a complete disaster. But I loved Florence!
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▬♥And pizza and GELATO!! Food descriptions were good. Italian people or better yet Lina's Italian American friends added the flavor to the story but though I liked the Ren the romance was not quite memorable.
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▬♥Lina's mother's story was so cliche. So so cliche! That my eyes were literally hurt from rolling them so much. I did not like her one bit. Her story was over-dramatic and not in the least interesting.

Overall it was a good summer read.
3 stars
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" "You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it's for the same two things." "What?""Love and gelato." Oh I loved this so much!! So cute and mysterious and I couldn't put it down. A perfect summer read! " said.

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