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For the Love of Venice

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Romance and political action set against the mystery and beauty of modern-day Venice, Italy.

Percy is reluctant to accompany his family to Venice for the summer until he meets Graziella, a beautiful and passionate girl who leads him into another Venice, one that tourists never see.

Venice was once a great power. Today,
much of it belongs to foreigners. Through Graziella, P
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 13th 2000 by Laurel Leaf (first published May 11th 1998)
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Oct 13, 2009 Jill rated it it was ok
Disappointing. I really like two of the books I've read by Napoli. This is definitely sub-par. I thought the child/parent relationship was not inspiring or interesting or even appropriate. I didn't find the story itself engaging, and just generally didn't get a good feeling from this book. I like books that teach, or inspire, or stir something meaningful within me. Chuck asks over and over why I bother to finish something I'm reading that I don't really like, and I reply that I can't honestly ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Alena rated it it was ok
Percy is the average seventeen-year-old he spends his summers with his friends and practicing his hobbies. However, his plans for the summer are changed by his father- who is an engineer that has been working on a project called MOSE. MOSE is a floodgate system that will be used to stop flooding in Venice, Italy. In order to test MOSE, Percy's whole family leaves America to vacation in Venice for the summer while his father works on his invention. Although he isn't thrilled at first at the idea ...more
Dec 07, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance book lovers
I really enjoyed reading this book. This was not something I would usually read, but I liked the author, Donna Jo Napoli, and I decided to try it. The book was about a boy who was forced onto a trip to Venice by his family for the entire summer, a kind of business trip because his dad was a civil engineer. He had decided there would be nothing for him there, until he met Graziella. This young Venetian woman took him deep inside the heart of Venice, and all the secrets, mysteries, and truths ...more
Jul 27, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
Meh. I was hoping this book was something completely different. All it was, was a political rant about how Venice is a dead city, killed by tourists. And to make this more "palatable," the author throws in a teen romance between an American boy and Venetian girl - who just happens to speak perfect English, although the girl hates all things American. The book was filled with ambiguities and contradictions like this, and it just didn't do it for me.
Jul 25, 2011 Tori added it
2001-Percy (17) has to spend the summer in Venice with his family, while his father works on a construction project. He thinks he will spend most of his time with his younger brother Christopher, but then he meets Graziella, who is far from ordinary. Percy and Graziella begin to fall in love, but he has a secret that could make her turn on him. The book showed you how the people of Venice feel, which I liked. It also showcased culture as well. Sometimes, however, the plot got boring.
Jul 14, 2010 Amber rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, love-stories
I'm not really that much of a fan of Donna Jo Napoli, but this was one of her better ones. It was action packed, but was slow at times. It is set in one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world, and through this book, we see the city of Venice through different eyes, through the eyes of the natives that live there. We experience the desperation and love they have for their suffering city as they attempt to save it from modern society.
Oct 06, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, romance, contemporary
I really enjoyed reading this novel as a teenager. It's about a boy and his family on vacation in Venice. He meets a local girl and together they explore the city. It also talks about how fragile Venice is, because it's sinking into the sea. It's a great romance set from a guy's perspective.
Oct 10, 2008 Karen rated it liked it
This book was boring. I thought there would be a sweet little romance. Not really. Not in my memory. I remember that Venice floods and the girl (native to Venice) is mad at the boy (not a native to Venice) because tourists don't care enough that Venice floods every year.
Jun 21, 2010 Angela rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teenage romantics
Shelves: romance, teen
Definitely a teenage read. I picked it up as I have several of Donna Jo Napoli stories on my wishlist (alternative fairy tales). This one was a quick read, and enjoyable. A love story, with some politics thrown in.
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Beautiful prose, fast-paced story, and educational about Venice's structural difficulties.
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From her website:

Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction.

Donna Jo has five children. She dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist. She loves to garden and bake bread.

At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to
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