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A Semester Abroad

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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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Emily Crow
Nov 30, 2013 Emily Crow rated it liked it
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
Jessica Stelzer
Jan 03, 2014 Jessica Stelzer rated it did not like it
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.
May 15, 2013 Angief rated it really liked it
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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.
Lynn Messina
Nov 20, 2013 Lynn Messina rated it it was amazing
This book brought back so many wonderful (and sometimes unsettling) memories of my own year abroad. Funny, sweet, thought and a just a little bit nostalgic.
Jun 11, 2013 Dorre rated it it was amazing
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So enjoyed this great read..... Made me long to hop a plane for some Italian adventures of my own. Second of Ariella papa's books I've read but certainly not my last.
Jan 12, 2014 Meredith rated it it was amazing
Love love love this book!
Sometimes a book falls into your lap and it is the perfect timing!

Trisha Morrison
Dec 30, 2014 Trisha Morrison rated it it was amazing
Loved it, light but very emotional at the end.
Aug 12, 2013 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and a real joy to read. It's not your traditional, coming of age story - it's a lot better. Added bonus: you spend your days experiencing Italy and European travel through the eyes of a 21 year old. I didn't want it to end.
Oct 21, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
I got really into the characters and the story. I am happy with the ending but I wanted more. Maybe a sequel? I also now really want pasta!
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