Book review: Kissing in Italian

Henderson, Lauren. Kissing in Italian. Delacorte Press, 2014. $16.99. ISBN: 978-0-385-74137-8. P.254. P9/ Q8. Grade level: 10+.

This is the sequel to Flirting in Italian. British student, Violet Routledge is in Tuscany for the summer taking art and Italian classes to improve her portfolio for college applications or at least that’s what she tells everyone. She is really there to discover the identity of a girl in a portrait from the 18th century that Violet saw in a British museum. The girl looks exactly like Violet and lived in a nearby castello two centuries earlier. While Violet is investigating the mystery, she and the other three girls in the school spend the weekends getting to know the local Italian boys, customs, and touring the Italian countryside.

Full of plot twists and surprises, this is ultimately a story about friendship, loyalty, and self-discovery. The author uses many Italian words and phrases, so it is very easy to acquire a few new words. A few more mature situations make this story unsuitable for younger audiences, but perfect for older teen girls.

September 2014 review by Julie Morris.

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