Book Club Book Review #10 - Love Lucy

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter. I skipped out on posting yesterday because it was a holiday. Sidenote: I never realised that not everyone had a holiday on Easter Monday until my friend who is currently doing her Masters in Peru told me that she had to go to class - is this normal? We've always had Easter Monday off. Anyway, my Easter was quiet and spent at home with the parents for the entire weekend. Now back to the regularly scheduled program and one of my favourite topics ... BOOKS.

april lindner love lucy book review

April Lindner
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 world wind 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.
3.5 stars

This was a good read. Not a great read. Would I recommend it, yes if you have time and want an easy read, but I wouldn't necessarily put this on the top of your must-read list. 

As a wander-luster I loved that the book took the reader to one of the places on my list to visit - Italy, and engulfed you in Italian culture and places. I love books that transport you to foreign places. In fact, if i was to name one great thing about this book it would be the descriptions of the places that Lucy visits. The countryside of Italy, the streets, Rome ... all superbly detailed in the book and in fact made me want to book an Italian vacation stat! It was just like when I read Eat Pray Love and fell in love with the destinations ... more than the actual book. I wanted more of Italy after reading of these travels. The author did a good job here.

I also quite liked Lucy as a character and her relationship with her parents and friends. They weren't always the easiest relationships - her parents had quite different dreams and goals for her and didn't support her theatre career ambitions, and on top of that her travel companion Charlene was an odd, negative nancy - but I actually liked how the author dealt with these complex relationships, particularly Lucy's relationship with her father, and how it all worked out. So far so good right?

Well ... the problem for me with this book was that the story is quite obviously a love story between Lucy and her summer Italian love Jesse and I just never got invested in the relationship. Without too much detail I would just say, it was so typical. She met Jesse in Italy, she spent all her time with Jesse, she fell in love Jesse, she had to go back to the States, there was forced communication, they reunite. I just never felt the compulsive pull I should have when she moved back to the States. What was meant to be the focal point of the story was just to me lacklustre and a bit disappointing. I would go as far as to say that I felt that the relationship was a little toxic and overdone and I wanted to tell both her and Jesse that the ocean if full of fishes ... Swim on. The relationship with her parents and the scenery of Italy was much more interesting.

This was probably the worst review ever because I think I came across pretty strong on the dislike portion. Just to be clear - it was not by any means a bad book. It was nice, not great, but nice. It was also an easy read and you can't complain about that. 



Have a great day guys!!


21 comments:

  1. the little one didn't have school but generally in america we don't have easter monday

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  2. I really love that it's an easy read, will probably add it to my que!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  3. Sounds like a quick and light read for summer...probably a good beach book!

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  4. Love an easy read, will be adding this book to my list.

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  5. This book looks great! I would love to read it!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  6. looks good. I love a good book review! It always gets me thinking about what to read next!

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    1. It wasn't my fave but it's an easy read :)

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  7. I'm not even close to finishing this for a review. Womp! It still sounds really good to read tho. I love destination books.

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  8. It's getting to be summer weather, which means I need to stock up on my "beach reads." I'll definitely be adding this one to the list!

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  9. You know I love a good book Kay. But I am happy you were honest with this review. This would be something I picked up if I couldn't find anything I wanted to read. Wonderful review.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    www.purecomplex.com

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    1. I had to be honest. If I don't love a book i always say. It wasn't horrible but yes .. if you have nothing else I'd say this is a good read then ha!

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  10. We don't get Easter Monday but we did have Good Friday off. Sounds like a nice light read which is nice when you need a change of pace. Italy is one of my places I need to get to so I would love it for that part.

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  11. when I worked in schools we always the week after Easter off as spring break, but now I get no days off for Easter ):

    I'm going to add this book to my little summer beach reading book (hoping that I go to a beach)

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  12. I've never had the day after Easter off, at work or school. Some public K-12 schools will start their week-long spring break on that Monday, depending when it falls in March or April, but Easter Monday isn't a holiday :/ anyway, this looks like a cute, fun read! Adding it to my beach season list.

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  13. OMG RAGE THAT AMERICA DOESN'T DO EASTER MONDAY - remind me again why I live here? I didn't even have good friday off! what the shit religious americans! give me a day off!!
    I didn't read this - couldn't get it for free or cheap and I was not paying $10 for a bloody kindle that didn't scream out to me, you know? why waste time on a okay book when there are plenty of great books around?!

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  14. Never heard of this book, but as I have no time (lol) I'll give it a pass.
    Have you read 'The Rosie Project'?
    Lawks I can't stop laughing. Please read and review when you can!

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    1. You didn't miss much and Ill read and review for you sis!! muah!

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  15. I say that not ever book has to be a great read, good reads are needed too!!! They really make you appreciate the great ones. I don't waste my time on books I can't get in to though, if I hate it several chapters in..I toss it.

    I only WISH that we had Easter Monday off!!! It should be a holiday!!!

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  16. I'll add the book to my list, thank you!

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  17. The book I Love Lucy sounds like it'd be a good book to read! I'm about to check it out on Nook!

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  18. I like this review based on the fact that you're being so honest and beach reading the synopsis I was thinking this might be a good beach read but I'm not necessarily going in search of it. That's not an insult because when I'm thinking of a good beach read in the future I'll remember you posted about this. Nothing too intense and nothing too surprising. Thanks for sharing Kay x

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