May 6, 2014 from
Pippa always wanted to go to
Italy, but not by herself. And not to sit in a classroom the summer before senior year learning about paintings by dead guys. Tempted by the romance of Romeand the chance to photograph ancient ruins, Pippa ditches the program and sets her own list of goals—get my picture taken at the Colosseum; get a makeover; fall in love with an Italian.
She befriends a local girl whose gorgeous cousin may be just the Italian Pippa’s looking for, but the road to amore gets detoured when she keeps running into a cute American student. And she can’t forget that her summer abroad is only temporary. As she explores the famous cities of
Romeand Pompeii, Pippa must sort out her feelings before her parents figure out where she really is.
It’s a dream come true for Pippa to photograph ancient ruins and historic monuments like the Colosseum, but quite a lot of the story takes place in a coastal region called Cinque Terre (“five lands” – pronounced CHING-kway TAY-ray). The views have to be seen to be believed, the food is the best I’ve ever eaten (it’s the birthplace of pesto!), and it’s ROMANTIC! You can even walk on a path between all five villages along the coast, shopping and sampling food in each. I think about going back there EVERY DAY.
Gelato plays a big part in Pippa’s story, but I won’t give anything away! There’s really nothing quite like authentic Italian gelato. It was actually hard for me to eat ice cream once we came back home after our trip to
Italy. I think it’s the texture and
unique flavors that sets it apart. My favorites were mint and stracciatella,
though, like Pippa does, I had to at least TASTE the pistachio! I don’t know
how they get a nut to taste good as ice cream, but they do!
Chicago, so she’s had her
fair share of deep-dish pizzas! But she’s quickly won over by the simplicity of
Italian pizzas and the papery thin crusts. She makes it one of her summer goals
to eat entire pizza by herself. If I get a chance to visit Italy again one
day, I think this will be a goal of mine too! DELIZIOSO!
About the Author:
Kristin Rae was born and raised in
Texasthough her accent would suggest otherwise. She’s addicted to books, music, movies, crafty things, and chocolate. A former figure skating coach, LEGO merchandiser, and photographer, she’s now happy to create stories while pretending to ignore the carton of gelato in the freezer. Kristin lives in Houstonwith her husband and their two boxers.
Italy's brilliant landscapes, a main character you'll love from the first line and a new dreamy book boyfriend (he's mine!), WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN is a charming and addictive read. Devour this delicious treat like a double scoop of gelato.” —Lindsey Leavitt, author of Going Vintage and Sean Griswold’s Head.