Review: Wish You Were Italian – Kristin Rae


Title: Wish you Were Italian [Amazon]
Author: Kristin Rae [website]
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Contemporary
Source/Type: Netgalley/Digital ARC
Stars: 3 of 5

Publisher Description:
Pippa is in Italy for the summer and, despite her parents’ wishes, she has no intention of just studying the local art! She has a list of things of her own to do: from swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to getting a makeover – and falling for an Italian boy! As Pippa explores the dramatic ruins of Rome and Pompeii, she is swept into her own drama with two guys: an irresistible local she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student . . . Will she find her true love?

My Thoughts:
I learned three very important things while reading Wish You Were Italian

1) I want to go to Italy.
2) I want to go to Italy and give gelato a second chance.
3) I want to go to Italy and give gelato a second chance while meeting an adorable boy.

Do you see the theme? Basically what this cute book did was make me really want to go to Italy. So thanks for that Kristin Rae. I’ll send you my travel bill. 🙂

Wish You Were Italian is a book about Pippa, a seventeen year old girl sent to Italy for the summer to attend an art program she has no interest in. So when Pippa gets to Italy she makes a rash decision. She decides she isn’t going to spend her summer in a stuffy art program. She is in Italy and on her own and she is going to enjoy the country for herself. With her camera and journal, that her BFF Morgan gave her with some instructions, Pippa is in for the summer of her life and a summer she will never forget.

I liked Pippa for the most part. There were things I wasn’t crazy about with her, but I understood where she was coming from in terms of both Darren and Bruno. But all in all she was really enjoyable. She spent a lot of her life not feeling like anyone listened to her so this was her summer to do what she wanted and not worry about being tied down. I liked that a lot about her. I mean I didn’t find it 100% realistic that anyone would actually get away with what she did, but I was okay with it because it wasn’t that farfetched that the whole plot wasn’t believable. And I also really liked Darren and the role he played in the story and how he was woven in. That was a highlight for me. Bruno on the other hand I could have done without. He was really sleazy and full of himself. Too much for my liking.

Although I found the last 15% of the book a little rushed I did really enjoy this story. It was just a fun, quick read that made my wanderlust a little worse and a little better. Fair warning, you will want food after reading this one. I’m talking to you pizza and pasta and ice cream.

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First Loves Blog Tour


I was asked by the lovely people at Bloomsbury if I wanted to join the First Loves Blog Tour which celebrates 5 incredible authors and their 2014 book releases. Basically the answer was duh and so you have today’s post. I was able to ask all 5 lovely ladies one question for them to answer. After spending some time thinking about it and reading up on each book I started to think about travel and how everyone loves to travel or has a vacation spot they love. And from this line of thinking I came up with my question for this authors:



About The Chapel Wars:
Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?

And then there’s Grandpa’s letter. Not only is Holly running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money—fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family’s mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and… Dax. No wait, not Dax.

Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there’s a wedding chapel to save.

hawaiiANSWER: HAWAII. My dad was born in Honolulu, and my parents visit at least twice a year. I always thought it was weird they went there instead of exploring the world, but I went there to do some book research/relax last summer. We took a helicopter tour of Kauai and I thought, yeah. This is it. All I need is Hawaii.

About Open Road Summer:
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

?????????????????????????????????????????????ANSWER: The UK! My dad’s from England, and a lot of our family is still there. So, I’d get to see them more often and eat fish and chips, heavy on the vinegar. I could watch soccer at White Hart Lane, drink great beer, prowl book shops, take in the impossible greenness of The Cotswolds, stand on the coastline at the Cliffs of Dover. Plus, ya know, there’s so much literary tourism in the UK 😉




About Wish You Were Italian:
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?

italyANSWER: The Cinque Terre, Italy. Surprise! My love for this portion of the Italian Riviera is why I chose it as the setting of Wish You Were Italian. The views of crystal blue water from cliff side trails are unlike any I’ve seen, the food is fresh and full of local flavors, the atmosphere is calming. It’s a dream to rent an apartment in one of the villages for a month or so to write, paint, hike, and most importantly, eat gelato twice a day.


About Searching for Sky:
Sky and River have always lived on Island, the only world they’ve ever known. Until the day River spots a boat. Across Ocean, in a place called California, Sky is separated from River and forced to live with a grandmother she’s just met. Here the rules for survival are different. People rely on strange things like cars and cell phones. They keep secrets from one another. And without River, nothing makes sense. Sky yearns for her old life where she was strong and capable, not lost and confused. She must find River so they can return to Island, but the truth behind how they ended up there in the first place will come as the biggest shock of all.

phillyANSWER: I know how my character Sky in Searching for Sky would answer this question. She would return to Island, of course, which is the small deserted island in the South Pacific where she grew up, before she was rescued and taken back to California. She would want to go back there because it feels safe for her and it feels like home, unlike our modern world which is scary and filled with things she doesn’t understand. Like Sky, I always tend to like the feeling of “home” rather than the feeling of vacation, and I think the best trips are ones when I get to spend time with family. For that reason, I would say Philadelphia, which is where I grew up and where much of my family still lives. If we’re talking about purely relaxing, though, I would say the beach – any beach, anywhere. There’s nothing better than lying on the beach reading a great book!



About Fool Me Twice:
Mackenzie and Landon were the perfect couple . . . until he dumped her and broke her heart. Fast-forward a year and they’re back where they first met—Serenity Ranch and Spa, where they are once again working together for the summer. Talk about awkward.

Then, Landon takes a nasty fall and gets amnesia. Suddenly, he’s stuck in the past—literally. His most recent memory is of last summer, when he and Mack were still together, so now he’s calling her pet names and hanging all over her. It’s the perfect chance for revenge. The plan is simple: keep Landon at arm’s length, manipulate him so he’s the one falling love, and then BAM, dump him. There’s just one problem: Mack can’t fall for Landon all over again.


ANSWER: This answer would be SO EASY if I was not a parent-I absolutely love and adore Las Vegas and try to go as often as I can. But since I have a young daughter, I’d have to go with a family location-we take her to California once a year. Her excitement caliand enthusiasm makes everything that much more fun! Even just riding in the shuttle from the parking lots to the airport is exciting to her.



Special thanks to all 5 of these authors for taking the time to answer my question and Bloomsbury for asking and putting this together.

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