Review: Flirting in Italian

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Flirting in Italian (Flirting in Italian #1)

Publication date: June 12th 2012

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 323

Series: Flirting in Italian (1#)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest review.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!

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 Review:

Can I go to Italy? Like now?

In fact, the Italian side of things is what attracted me to Flirting in Italian. I came across in the library and was like “I’m going to Italy this year and this book is set in Italy. It must be a sign!” Therefore I snatched it up.

I don’t think that I could have picked a better book to get me excited about Italy. It had LOTS of sentences written in Italian and I translated them when I didn’t know what they meant. Trying to learn Italian, you see. So yes, it taught me quite a few words. Helpful ones I might actually need.

I adore boarding and finishing school books, so I was ecstatic to find out that basically this was both. In ITALY! The culture (well, young people’s culture) was heavily emphasised and that was awesome.

Um, how about cute guy overload! There were so many Italian guys I couldn’t count them on both hands. Not complaining at all.

I liked the teeny bit of mystery thrown in. I was a little surprised by the ending. But as for the majority of the story, it was good.

If you’re interested in travel and Italy in particular, I think you should give Flirting in Italian. It was a good book and I’m really looking forward to the sequel.

 4/5 comets
A meteor shower. A great show.

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 Goodreads author bio:

Lauren HendersonBorn in London in 1966, Lauren Henderson read English at university and then worked as a journalist for – among other publications – the New Statesman, Marxism Today, the Observer and Lime Lizard, a much-mourned indie music magazine. Lauren now divides her time between Italy and London and, when not wine-tasting, writes full-time.

Review: Camp Boyfriend

Camp Boyfriend by J. K. Rock

Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend, #1)

Publication date: July 2nd 2013

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

Number of pages: 324

Series: Camp Boyfriend (1#)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion. I read this during the Fluffy Reads Readathon!

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 Goodreads synopsis:

The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn’t be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren’s nerves and she can’t wait to return to summer camp where she’s valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she’s broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn’t even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn’t giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn’t really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she’s more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren’s friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she’s changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

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 Review:

Camp Boyfriend certainly made me a happy camper.

This book was absolutely prefect for me. Talk about right place right time.

I was on holiday when I read this. It took me about the day. Coincidentally, it was also a really warm day with brilliant weather and I was in a really similar setting to how I imagined the camp. Talk about perfection. It was meant to be.

Can I just say that I was Team Matt for the whole book? (I’m not counting the beginning because I judged Matt before he’d even spoken. Then I changed my mind. My review, my rules.) Matt was just amazing wrapped in a ball of amazing.

On the topic of the love triangle, can I just say that J. K. Rock seriously kept me guessing until the end as to who Lauren would end up with? Seriously, the anticipation was so high that I could barely contain myself.

I have never read a book with a love triangle quite like the one in Camp Boyfriend. It was done in a way that even people who have this mega-grudge against them wouldn’t even have minded. That much.

Camp Juniper was absolutely crazy. It sounds like so much fun! I wish they had camps like that where I live. And the councillor Emily was pretty epic. There we go, Epic Emily.

My thoughts on the main character, Lauren, are undecided. Overall I wasn’t particularly impressed by her because I found a few of her choices to be most questionable. She was ok but I wanted to become a councillor just so that I could guide her in the right direction.

All in all, Camp Boyfriend was a cute and heartwarming story. Perfect for Summer and I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Camp Payback.

 4/5 comets!
A meteor shower. A great show!

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 Goodreads author bios:

J.K. RockJ. K. Rock is the pseudonym for YA writing partners – and sisters-in-law – Joanne & Karen Rock. After years of comparing notes on their favorites books and films, often dreaming up new endings to suit them, they decided to write their own stories. Their first Young Adult book, CAMP BOYFRIEND, is part of a three-book series. CAMP PAYBACK will be an April 2014 release, and CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT arrives in Fall 2014. Visit the Camp Boyfriend website at http://campboyfriend.net to learn more about the free novellas they are offering readers prior to each full length book. Individually, Joanne Rock is an award winning Harlequin author published in 26 countries and translated into 20 languages. Karen Rock writes critically acclaimed stories for Harlequin Heartwarming including her latest, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL.

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Readalong Wrap-up:

A huge thanks to the Fluffy Readers for organising this! I had fun – I only wish I could have participated more, but I was away.

Please check out their blog, Fluffy Reads: http://fluffy-reads.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/join-camp-boyfriend-read-long.html