While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.
In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.
April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, due out in January, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.
- The cover. I absolutely love the cover. It captures a scene from the book perfectly.
- The characters. The characters were well developed and were easy to relate to. I really connected with Lucy. I felt like some of the decisions she made were ones I, myself would have made. I like that we get to see her stand up for herself even if it means losing the things she loves and wants to do. I didn’t like Charlene until the last few chapters of the book, but I could understand why she was being such a snob to Lucy in the beginning. Jesse is my new book boyfriend. The way he is described down to his scent is tantalizing.
- Italy. Half of the book takes place in Italy and it is awesome. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy but this book just made me want to go even more. I felt like I was there with Lucy and Jesse.
- Roman Holiday. The movie Roman Holiday is referenced a good bit throughout the book. I’ve never seen it but I will be watching it as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.
- Rent. Rent is one of my favorite musicals of all time. I was so excited when I read the part about auditions for Rent and couldn’t believe it was going to be a part of this book.