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A Semester Abroad
by Ariella Papa (Goodreads Author)
Barely twenty and brokenhearted, Gabriella arrives in the beautiful Tuscan city of Siena on a bitter winter day looking for solace. In the brochures, Siena was sunny and warm, but in reality, she feels cold and lonely. She can't communicate with the locals, or her American roommates, who are struggling with their own demons. The only company she finds is at night in the ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 17th 2013 by Papa Mike Publishing
(first published April 14th 2013)
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College student Gabriella spends a semester in Italy, hoping a change of scene will help her get over her broken heart. She and her friends study, travel, flirt, eat lots of pasta, hook up with cute locals, and drink rivers of alcohol. Not much actually happens in this story, but the author does a great job of capturing the right details: the mortification of being unable to communicate in a new language; the discomfort of trying to study in a poorly heated apartment while one's roommates are ...more
The absolute worst book I've ever read. Full of grammatical and spelling errors. It's written as poorly as 50 Shades of Grey without all the juicy bits. No real plot, no prose or descriptions, felt like I was reading through a teenager's text messages. Absolute garbage.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book; I had not read anything by Papa before. This was a great book. I felt very connected to Gabriella and her life in Italy (a place I have always wanted to go to). I will be watching for other books by Papa in the future.