Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

“I made the wrong choice.”Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.But then she is given a journal that her mom h...

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Title:Love & Gelato
Author:Jenna Evans Welch
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ISBN:1481432540
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:389 pages

Love & Gelato Reviews

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Sep 10, 2015

    4.5 Stars

    Love and Gelato is the perfect book to enjoy this summer. Set in Italy, this book is absolutely breathtaking. The fact that there are old journal entries in the story makes it so much more incredible. Trust me, after reading this book, you’ll be craving some gelato!

    Love and Gelato has such an interesting concept! This book tells the story of Lina, a girl who moves to Italy after her mom dies. When she gets there, she is given an old journal of her mom’s and learns many secrets about her

    4.5 Stars

    Love and Gelato is the perfect book to enjoy this summer. Set in Italy, this book is absolutely breathtaking. The fact that there are old journal entries in the story makes it so much more incredible. Trust me, after reading this book, you’ll be craving some gelato!

    Love and Gelato has such an interesting concept! This book tells the story of Lina, a girl who moves to Italy after her mom dies. When she gets there, she is given an old journal of her mom’s and learns many secrets about her. I really enjoyed reading about Lina’s journey across Italy as she tries to solve the mystery of the journal. She gets herself into many sticky situations, but also makes some really amazing friends along the way. This book was the perfect thing to kick back with in the warm weather.

    I absolutely adored the Italian setting in Love and Gelato. The way the shops and the landmarks are described is absolutely breathtaking, and I wish I could experience it all in real life! The Italian culture in the book really intrigued me, and I actually learned a few phrases while reading. I have wanted to visit Italy my whole life, and reading this book made me want to go even more!

    The journaling aspects in Love and Gelato really drew me in. I love the idea of finding an old journal, and discovering that this book incorporated that got me really excited. I enjoyed how the journal entries were added gradually into the book—slowly, then all at once. As Lina warms up to the idea of learning more about her mom, she eventually reads more and more of it. Something about that made me love the story even more.

    Love and Gelato tells the story of a girl who is given her mom’s old journal and is set in Italy. The journal entries that were slowly added into the book were very enjoyable to read! I would definitely recommend this book, as it is perfect for the summer season.

  • Celine (celinereads)
    Feb 18, 2017

    hi can i give this book 10/5 stars because THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. i LOVE THE CHARACTERS AND STORY AND THE COVER AND EVERYTHING. ok. also, love & gelato is an extremely easy and quick read that's addicting and amazing and i'm in love!!

  • мαүғℓσωεя
    May 20, 2016

    Awww! This was a really cute summer read.

    I loved the whole Italian experience accompanied with lots of Italian history, gelato, and young love. Perfect!

    This story had it's ups and downs, I enjoyed the mystery part and I loved the character growth, I still feel giddy.

    4 stars!

  • Bookables Heather
    Jun 10, 2016

    3.5

    Really enjoyed this book!

    Mashup review featuring it coming soon!

  • BookLover
    Dec 23, 2016

    This was a cute story about a girl finding a way to move on with life after losing her mother. Lina made a promise to her dying mother, finding herself in Italy with a father she had never met. Lina’s experience tugged at all the right strings for me.

    What brought my overall enjoyment down, though, was the diary her mother left for her. Actually, that’s not true. The diary itself didn’t bother me, especially once the story came full circle. No, what drove me bananas was the way Lina chose to read

    This was a cute story about a girl finding a way to move on with life after losing her mother. Lina made a promise to her dying mother, finding herself in Italy with a father she had never met. Lina’s experience tugged at all the right strings for me.

    What brought my overall enjoyment down, though, was the diary her mother left for her. Actually, that’s not true. The diary itself didn’t bother me, especially once the story came full circle. No, what drove me bananas was the way Lina chose to read it a bit at a time in dribs and drabs. I’m sorry... but if I was thrust into the arms of an unknown father in a country I had never been to, you can bet I would be reading that diary cover to cover to get some answers. I just didn’t buy that Lina was too overcome with grief to keep reading.

    So while I enjoyed reading about Lina’s experiences in Italy, having her mother’s diary interspersed with the story irritated me and had me wanting to skim at parts.

  • Amber Robertson
    Jul 27, 2016

    was a book I desperately wanted to love. I mean, the set up was perfect. Italy, love and gelato (which I've never actually had but it sounds good). Italy is a destination I have always wanted to travel, and how could you not with all the culture present in the cities.

    However, as I began to read this book I knew it wasn't going to be a finish for me. Why? Well, the writing just jumped straight into the plot withou

    was a book I desperately wanted to love. I mean, the set up was perfect. Italy, love and gelato (which I've never actually had but it sounds good). Italy is a destination I have always wanted to travel, and how could you not with all the culture present in the cities.

    However, as I began to read this book I knew it wasn't going to be a finish for me. Why? Well, the writing just jumped straight into the plot without any other pretenses or introductions, straight to the fact a house was in a cemetery. Then, we have one of the protagonists,

    , first line:

    What? What in the name of all things holy and blessed does this mean? Is weak tea really the metaphor you choose to use? I knew this book, and I would have a problem here almost instantly. I can handle crazy metaphors sometimes, but this was a no and was at the very beginning of the book, so it could only go downhill. For me, it did.

    Not only did my hatred for Lina become cemented in the first 100 pages of the 900 page eBook

    I was subjected to countless more strange and "quirky" people. However, Lina was just

    . I understand her mum had died six months previously, and it seemed like that was leading up to be an excuse featuring through the rest of the book, but she was rude. She was unwilling to give her recently discovered father a chance. I don't understand why because she isn't even sure if he knew about her existence.

    Also:

    Is a sentence I never want to hear again because

    Oh, we also get to introduced to Lina's totally

    awesome best friend, who is like

    funny.

    Like Ron's burger, this

    missed the mark for me.

    Oh, and lets not forget that Addie and Lina are both very

    creative:

    I can't even add onto that. I understand there is a "tacky tourist" look, but honestly, if I went travelling I would probably be a tacky tourist myself and guess what?

    Now, one last quote before I conclude this review. The quote that made me decide this was not for me in any way:

    I understand some people may think I didn't give this book a fair go, considering I decided to DNF at 10%, but honestly, I couldn't subject myself to this. I couldn't put myself through head banging sentences and characters who are meant to be funny and different but are simply rude. It's possible this story is

    cute, but I won't be sticking around to find out.

    Honestly, what this book felt like was a jumble of words that shouldn't have slipped past an editor, in my opinion.

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Aug 03, 2016

    may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato. I repeat,

    may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato.

    It may also make you crave to find love in Italy…

    This contemporary novel is exactly what I needed after finishing a frightening thriller novel –

    . It took my mind off n

    may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato. I repeat,

    may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato.

    It may also make you crave to find love in Italy…

    This contemporary novel is exactly what I needed after finishing a frightening thriller novel –

    . It took my mind off negative thoughts about life and marriage.

    It’s a

    story starring a very lively American girl who is sent to her father’s house in Italy by her grandmother after her mother succumbed to cancer.

    When Lina arrives in Italy, she is given her mother’s journal for when she studied photography there.

    Lina not only wants to understand what happened between her mother and Howard – why they are not together anymore – but she also wants to feel closer to her mother by doing so.

    I especially enjoyed the snippets of her mother’s life in Italy. While her story is indeed saddening, there is good that comes out of it.

    Lina also meets a charming male fellow living next d—field to her. Ren is sweet and respectful and open and generous – I took a like to him. While there is a

    , it’s easy to discard it from one’s mind.

    So that’s the good part. The no-so-great part is the

    . If there’s one thing I’m annoyed with is when a character refuses or can’t see the obvious in front of her and has to go through great lengths or experience painful events to discover what was always crystal obvious.

    In other words,

    , and Lina is definitely one of them. Furthermore, the whole ‘‘who is my father?’’ situation didn’t need to be that complicated. And it’s not that it’s

    per se, but the author made it so. She deliberately confuses us!

    , I love being played with and being able to guess things for myself, but when someone is actually making me walk circles over and over again—no, thank you.

    I had fun with

    The setting is gorgeous, the main characters are heart-warming and the adventures pretty darn diverting.

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  • Kasie West
    Sep 02, 2016

    Super cute. I loved it.

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Nov 15, 2016

    This was pretty damn cute, you guys. All I want to do now is go to Italy and fall in love with some Nutella pastries. Insert gif of Emma Stone saying YUM here.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Feb 25, 2017

    This might be the cutest book I've ever read. The entire thing was just so hopeful and HAPPY (even when the topic might not have been). The Italian scenery was gorgeous, the food was amazing, and all of the characters were so precious. I wish I could go back and read it all over again... or just go to Florence this summer myself. If you're looking for a good YA contemporary (or just a lovely book in general) I definitely recommend this one!!