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Flirting in Italian

(Flirting in Italian #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  2,820 ratings  ·  341 reviews
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!
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Press
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Kristhina Well like every book out there, no. But if you want the book to make sense, yes. It seems confusing, yes, but the book is wonderful. I highly suggest…moreWell like every book out there, no. But if you want the book to make sense, yes. It seems confusing, yes, but the book is wonderful. I highly suggest it.(less)
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Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook
I wanted to love this one. I'm so sad I didn't. I was super in the mood for a fun, cute, romantic story with an engaging mystery mixed in - and in Italy to boot! It started on a good note, but unfortunately, it didn't turn out as expected.

Sure it's got plenty of cute Italian boys, but when these boys go from sweet one minute to condescending the next, I was left feeling very irritated towards them - particularly Luca, the main love interest. Violet herself spends the bigger part of the book flip
2.5 stars

When I first heard about Flirting in Italian I thought it sounded like a fun, easy going read that I would be able to kick back and relax with over the summer.

Flirting in Italian kicks off with an awesome opening; Violet out one day in an art gallery, for her art history A-level course comes across a painting with striking familiarity to her. However the most surprising aspect is the fact that the portrait is from the 17th century! Violet always had her suspicions that she was adopted
Similar Books: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, Falling in Love with English Boys by Melissa Jensen

I feel like my review needs to come with a disclaimer: I'm obsessed with books set in foreign countries. Pick a story up and throw it somewhere in Europe, South America, Africa, or Asia, and I'm all

I especially love books that revolve around a travel aspect, like Kirsten Hubbard's Wanderlove, which is probably my favorite book I've read all year.

What I lov
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
[Posted on Rather Be Reading]

We’re all told that we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover (or really, not even by it’s name). For months I’ve been declaring my excitement for Flirting in Italian and how anxious I was to read it. Unfortunately, I felt like the cute name and cover didn’t match the content inside. I was desperately left wanting more and in a really let down mood — to the point where I was unable to sleep after finishing and didn’t want to pick up another book for several days. I hav
Laurence R.
This book is kind of boring, to be honest... I definitely won't read the sequel.
Nikhat Hetavkar
A light read. Please excuse my reading pattern. I have been stressed with exams. these kind of books is all my brain can handle right about now.

If nothing else, the book may help you learn one or two Italian books. And it helped me find Italian music I liked. So a pretty good investment of a few extra hours.
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
"Ci sono trenta modi per salvare il mondo, ma uno solo perche il mondo salvi me—che io voglia star con te, e tu voglia star con me."

Visiting in Italy is the way Violet chose to spend her summer vacation. But it’s not really her plan - not since she saw a portrait of a young Italian Girl from an 18th century painting on a museum that looks exactly just like her. The resemblance is so potent that it drives Violet insane and questions lingers on her mind, thinking that she always looked different
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson follows Violet a British girl. When Violet finds a picture at a museum that looks just like her she becomes obsessed. She finds a small finishing school in Italy right next to the castle where the picture was painted and convinces her mother to allow her to go. The school is located at a beautiful villa and she and her three friends are poised to have a wonderful time eating wonderful food, drinking delicious wine and flirting with cute Italian boys while ...more
Amy Lignor
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readers will know this author from her fantastic, Scarlett Wakefield Mystery series, which has become one of the most entertaining to occur in quite some time. As a reader who is fully in love with them, I have to say I was thrilled to receive the first in a new series that Ms. Henderson is bringing to her fans.

This is what you would call a ‘winning formula:’ Hot Italian guys, funny chicks, some danger, a little mystery, and a romance that we all want and will definitely imagine running to the a
Enjoyed this way more than I should have, considering that it's chock full of insta-love (with a jerk, no less), the characters are this close to being caricatures, and the mystery promised in the premise (the painting that looks just like the heroine) is glossed over in favour of said insta-love and solving it is pushed off until the next book...or possibly the one after that.

Then again, this shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise, as the same was more or less true for the other series I
Jana at
This just might be the biggest disappointment of the summer. Within the first 50 pages of the book, I almost gave up. I suffered through it only to be told that there's another book. I put it down wondering why I wasted my time on it, and I have no interest to read the next book. I loved the idea, and I know that it could have been done so much better. I'd heard it was in the vein of Anna in the French Kiss. Heck. No. I feel very deceived.

(Read my full review on the blog.)
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Talk about a gorgeous cover. Isn't this such an eye-catching cover? If I ever get the chance to see this book in real life, I'll just ogle this cover for a good day and a half. That purple motorcycle (which I think is Luca's Vespa) really pops against the cobblestone streets, and the position the models are in is really awesome, too. I love Violet, the main character's, boots so much! They're like your average cowgirl boots, but not really. There are also these green and white knee-socks underne ...more
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Tell Me More: Europe has always been a construction of dreams in my head. I have moments when I daydream about how I'll be able to order a train ticket in perfect French at the Gare du Nord and make my way across the continent, meeting the most interesting people ever and having adventures I'll remember forever. I can reinvent myself and be more, better than who I am now. Violet Routledge isn't near
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Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally posted on, reviewed by Kiona

Violet is a British teen living a relatively normal life until the day she sees the mirror image of herself in a museum. The only thing is, the image is an antiquated Italian painting. Violet’s noticed the lack of resemblance between herself and her parents before, but now she’s questioning her roots more than ever. In an effort to uncover more about this odd mystery, Violet signs up for an eight-week summer course in Italy where she’ll lear
Erin M.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Sick of her clingy mother, Violet decides to do something she's never done before. She signs up for a stay at a house for foreign teen girls to immerse herself in Italian culture. She has an ulterior motive besides escaping the nest and becoming her own person, though. She's just made a shocking revelation that's left her shaken to the core. She has a startling resemblence to an Italian princess who lived hundreds of years ago. And she's going to figure out just why that is.

Lauren Hend
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Violet is spending the summer in Tuscany for what her mother thinks will be an educational experience involving art; however, Violet is secretly going because she is investigating the fact that there's a painting with its origins from that particular area in Tuscany and it's not just any painting.....the painting has a woman in it who looks exactly like her. Violet can't deny her curiosity and is going to Tuscany to get to the bottom of it. However, the story doesn't mainly focus on that sub plo ...more
4.5 stars

I got this book a week or two after it was published but didn't pick it up until last week. I was looking for a light, relaxing read... And it turned out to be the perfect book.

What I really liked about this book was the main character (and the love interest). I cared a lot for Violet; she wasn’t one of those characters that you encounter a lot in contemporary YA these days (weak, whiny, depressive, feeling sorry for herself… I’m not saying that all characters are like this but let’s ad
May 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Within the first three pages, this book confused me. The immediate set up of having a girl look at a portrait from hundreds of years ago and see an exact replica of her face screams paranormal to me. I realize this might sound awfully picky, but it’s true. Over the course of the novel, this feeling did not evaporate. But I’ll get into that later.

Anyway, so girlfriend decides to go to Italy to find out more about this painting and where it came from. Er, oka
Wee Shubba's World
Flirting in Italian is one of those stories that would be a perfect summer read. It's fun and fresh with lovable characters. It follows Violet, an english teenager who travels to Italy in search of answers on who she is after she discovers a very old painting of a girl who looks just like her. Along the way she makes friends and ememies. As well as falling head over heals for Luca, whose family may just hold the answers to Violet's questions.

I completely devoured this wonderful book. At first I
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eighteen year old Violet is getting ready to go to university in the fall, but there is something she needs to know before she leaves - whether or not she was adopted. After seeing a painting at the museum in which the girl is practically identical to her, Violet sets out on a quest to find out who the girl is. The trail leads Violet to Italy. For a cover story, she tells her Mum that she wants to learn Italian culture, art, history and language over the summer to prepare better for university. ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book. With the beautiful Italian countryside, gorgeous Italian boys and a drunk ass, what’s not to love? And when I say drunk ass, I mean a donkey drunk on red wine. Seriously. I need to party with the Italians. Shel, when are we taking your dream trip to Italy?

Oh boy. I just realized that we might get crap for the above paragraph so let me just say now that the book does address cruelty to animals and I would NEVER actually condone giving an animal booze in any way shape or form. *
Aly (My Heart Hearts Books)
Violet and her mother are practically inseparable, but when Violet visits a museum and sees a painting of a women that looks like her, practically her twin, it reignites doubts and insecurities that her mother and father may not be her biological parents. To resolve the matter, without asking her mother, Violet decides to go to the source and find out for herself. She convinces her mother to let her take a course near the Italian Villa, the only information that Violet has about the woman in the ...more
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-lit
Flirting in Italian is about a teenage girl who is about to start college, but heads off to Tuscany for a summer of learning language, art history and culture - with ulterior motives! Have you ever looked at a piece of art, hundreds of years old, and thought it looked just like someone you know? Perhaps even yourself?? Well that's what sets Violet off to the Italian countryside - she found a painting (with no name) that came from a specific castle there, but no other information about who the pa ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2012, 2012
The synopsis for Flirting In Italian lead me to believe that this book was about something totally different that what I thought. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the difference in what I thought the book was going to be and what I found when I read it.

Violet had always felt like she didn’t really belong in her family. She doesn’t look like anyone in her family. She is shocked to find a picture in an art museum that looks exactly like her, a mirror image. Violet hatches a plan that will al
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flirting in Italian

by Lauren Henderson

Published by Random House Children's Books

available June 12,2012

reviewed by Donna @
received from NetGalley for honest review

A lighthearted story about 4 young girls, 2 British and 2 American, who travel to Tuscany for the summer to study. The story's main focus is Violet. A young British girl whose mother is Nordic and her father is Scottish. What would you expect with those genetics? Well, it's not what you get. Viole
Jessica at Book Sake
If you want to learn some Italian while reading a cute book, this is a great choice. The story follows one girl out of the four that have gone to Italy for the summer. Violet is there with an ulterior motive. She’s seeking out information about a painting of a girl that looks just like her. She wants to know if it could be an ancestor of hers.

Violet looks Italian, but her mother and father are the farthest from it, still she can’t bring herself to ask if she they are her biological family. I fin
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must say that at first I was a little skeptical about the family-history plot line. I wasn't sure how it would be woven into the story besides being the motivation for Violet's stay in Italy. But Lauren Henderson knew what she was doing and it worked out just as it should, by not being the sole focus and yet not disappearing completely. Once I became attached to the characters, this part of the book became much more important to me and I'm anxious to see how it comes together (I can't figure o ...more
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Born 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.

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“For a split second, his finger touches my skin, and he might as well have brushed me with a lit match.” 9 likes
“Luigi, the art teacher, holds up his brush, and we all do the same. I’m not quite sure why we’re mirroring his action, but Luigi is very compelling, more than capable of making four excited girls calm down and concentrate on what he’s telling us. I think it’s partly because he’s very serious. Either he doesn’t have a sense of humor, or it’s extremely well hidden. This, as I’m perfectly aware from years of a girls-only school, is a crucially important quality for male teachers. There aren’t that many of them in a girls’ school, and unless they look like the back of a bus, they inevitably become huge crush-objects. Little girls follow them around in packs, giggling madly, turning bright red and running away when the teacher turns to look at them; older girls wear the shortest skirts and tightest tops they can get away with, and do a lot of what Kelly calls hair-flirting. Male teachers are usually pretty good at coping with the flirting techniques: the best way to get under their skin, forge a special bond with them, is to share their sense of humor, make them laugh.
The clever girls know this; the pretty ones usually don’t, because they tend to rely too much on their looks. Of course, the ones who are both clever and pretty do especially well, but that’s true for everything in life.”
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