Sunday, October 29, 2017

*Review* Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Genre: YA Romance
Published: May 3, 2016
Pages: 389

“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 had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

I don’t remember why I decided to read this book, if I’m completely honest. I think I just logged into my most unused library card on overdrive and picked a book randomly from my TBR list because I felt my card was underappreciated. Yes, I know. Don’t judge me. Whatever the case, it was downloaded onto my phone and so I was obligated to read it. And, like usual, I totally didn’t read the synopsis before starting it so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This is who I am as a person, just accept it.

Having read this right after Cinder & Ella, it was kinda weird that I managed to pick another book where the main character lost her mother to a tragic event and ended up having to stay with her father that she didn’t know. I did not plan that! But hey, I suppose it’s better to just get all of those feels back to back for added feelings and suffering. Good times.

Anyway, Lina is now in Italy with her father and she’s given a journal that from her mother to read. And she takes a long ass time to finish reading that damn thing, let me tell you… I wanted to shake her. I get that it’s a whole lot to take in and she’s grieving and whatnot, but she’d have saved a whole lot of trouble had she just read the damn thing in one sitting. But whatever. Have all the feels, see if I care.
I really liked Ren, he’s pretty much awesome. And adorable. And Lina really frustrated me with how she handled her relationship stuff. I get she’s a teenager and whatnot, but c’mon. She was also kinda a super bitch at least a few times. But Ren was almost perfect with how great he was. And I don’t even care if it’s ridiculous, but I kinda had my own little crush on the guy.

In conclusion, I can’t believe nobody had coconut gelato. That’s my favorite flavor. And I’m hella offended by the lack of it.

3.07 and 5/7th platypires. - Joood - Hooligan

Jenna Evans Welch spent her high school years in Florence, Italy, where she drove a scooter, danced in fountains, and ate entirely too much gelato. She now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and young son. Read her blog, The Green Lemon, at

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