by Jenna Evans Welch
Released: May 3 2016
Published by Simon Pulse
“I felt like it was this depth that really made this book.”
~ Under the Covers
Fans of Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han and Sarah Ockler have a reason to rejoice. LOVE AND GELATO is a sweet, emotional read that is sure to warm your hearts. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve read a book like this. Although it is your typical sweet YA Contemporary, the author does a great job of injecting the book with some emotional elements as well.
After losing her mother to cancer, Lina moves to Tuscany where she is supposed to live with her father that she never knew. It’s obviously a new experience for her and obstacles are around every corner as she tries to get reacquainted with everything. The beginning happens very fast, which I like and dislike because while I can appreciate the faster pace, I think it would’ve been nice to see Lina in her own environment a little bit more first before she had to move. I think it would allow readers to really sympathize with her a lot more.
Still, I do think Jenna Evans Welch writes well. It’s simple and eloquent and since I listened to this one in audiobook, I would also suggest trying it out in audio format. The narrator does a great job of capturing Lina’s emotions well. I felt like it was this depth that really made this book. So while the unique setting and love story is wonderful, it really came down to the emotions explored in this book. I will definitely be reading more of Welch’s books in the future.
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