Flirting in Italian (Flirting in Italian #1) by Lauren Henderson.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Contemporary.
Publication : June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.
Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!
When I started reading Flirting in Italian I was pretty much expecting a story about a summer of travel, boys and fun, which it was but I had no idea that this was a story Henderson planned to continue into another book.
The story begins with Violet in a museum, trying to figure out why the woman in a painting that was drawn years ago looked exactly like her. Mostly, the book is about Violet trying to find out more about her family heritage and where she comes from.
Of course, there're some cute boys, and as the title suggests, some flirting involved with those cute boys. Over all, I got what I wanted out of this book - a quick, fun and happy young adult read, although I'm not a fan of the ending. It was kind of a 'wait, WHY are you doing this?' moment for me. I mean, it's been done way too many times before and I can think of only one book that pulled it off..and even that was in a strangely disturbing and captivating way. I'm not sure if I'll read the sequel, maybe if I find it in the library or something, I might.
For the most part, Flirting in Italian is the perfect summer read for a lazy day. But as for the ending.. I'm not so sure but hopefully, you may like it.