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All the Way to Italy

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Until her dad died, Little considered herself a Californian. Now, thanks to half a letter, a symbol she can't quite remember, and writer's block, she finds herself back in Italy, the country of her birth. In a headlong rush to return to her beloved San Francisco, Little will journey throughout Italy, hoping to find the answers she needs to move on with her life so she need ...more
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Published April 12th 2018 by Ali Ribelli Edizioni
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Fizah(Books tales by me)
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
"I got the e-ARC from Italy Blog tour, Thank you"

Little who spent most of her life in San Francisco returned to Italy her hometown after the death of her father, something that is bothering her but she doesn't have any idea, She has to find what is missing in her life, what is bothering her?
She was never close to her father, she lived with her aunt Sira, Italy never felt like home, San Francisco is home.

The thing which appeals me to read it was Italy, Italy always fascinates me.
The story was ave
Joni Haynes
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Once I got past being irritated about the main character's name being "Little", I found this "going home" novel pretty charming. It's not the kind of book where you are wanting to read all night to see what happens next...but I did enjoy it, except for the hundreds of times that repeated the name "Little". I would, however, recommend the book for those who have some interest in Italy.
Dhivya Balaji
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iread-2018
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my honest, unbiased words.


With the cover, and the blurb, the book had chosen to portray feelings everyone will relate with, and boy, has it been done well! All The Way to Italy, with its blue toned cover, random objects (that have been associated with romance and an old timey wanderlust since forever) arranged with cute animations, managed to pique my curiosity and interest. With its carefully chosen
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Little has grown up in San Francisco, but is a native of Italy. For a good portion of her childhood she was raised by her Aunt Sira in the States. Little and Sira packed up and left Italty after an incident happened concerning her mother and father that caused Little's mother to leave them. Now, Little's father has died and Sira has asked Little to come back to Italy. Little reluctantly returns to her home knowing that she must help sift through her father's things. Little's return also brings b ...more
Sarah Berry
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lirtle's jouney to find herself at home

Its  been two years since Little was in Italy, and now she was going home. But, is Italy really home? Sure she was born there and her family was there, but she now considered California home, the place where she grew up. Two yeas ago, Little's father passed away from cancer, and soon after, Little ran back to San Fransisco as fast as she could. Her Aunt Sira, who had raised her, stayed behind, but had encouraged her to come home. Now she finally was. The qu
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

A beautiful story of finding yourself when you feel torn between two very different cultures. Little born in Italy, grew up in America due to family conflict. She has always identified as an American and embraced the culture and language with open arms. Her aunt who cared for her in Italy became the Mother and Father that she did not know, despite her Father being alive in Italy.

It is the death of her Father and her aunt's plea to return to Italy, that sets Little off on her journey of self-disc
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
All the Way to Italy is a beautiful story about one young woman's journey to find her place in this world. To discover her roots and what they mean in her life. I enjoyed Little's story and experienced a strong nostalgia for Rome (my own mother's home city) as I was reading it.

Little was born in Italy but as a child was sent to live with her aunt Sira in San Francisco.
She doesn't know much about her mother or why her father sent her to live with her aunt, but she loves her aunt who becomes like
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book really drew me in and made me feel like I was right there beside the characters! The story follows Little, who has returned to Rome to figure out what she really wants in life while also trying to uncover her father's past. She didn't grow up with him, instead being raised by her Aunt Sira, in San Francisco. She spent vacations with him and visited Italy often, but grew up in America. After her father died, she felt rather lost - not sure where her home truly was, in the hustle-and-bus ...more
Megan L.
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Little was born in Italy and lived there several years until something unfortunate happened with her family. At that point her Aunt Sira, who lived in San Fransisco at the time took her in. Instead of ever going back to live in Italy, she ended up growing up in California. Little was in the middle of going to university when her father passed away and she returned “home” to help her aunt and cousin go through her fathers things. She had every intention of going back to California, but during her
Anthony Okanlawon
Flavorful, soul stirring and filled with hope.

I loved Flavia Brunetti’s writing! She kept you captivated with Little’s adventures, experiences, and emotions as Little struggled to put pieces of her family’s puzzle together.
I enjoyed that Little associated herself with California and Rome because I could relate as I also was born in DC but spent 15 years in West Africa. I also loved the book because Rome is on my list of countries to visit; I am now more eager to visit!!! Little painted a flavor
Annie Smith
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although she was born in Italy, Little becomes a resident of California. After her father dies, she returns to Italy. The 29 chapters of this book show her reclaiming her heritage as an Italian although she yearns to return to San Francisco, which she considers as home. This story takes her between these mixed cultures as she struggles to find herself. While she copes with her father’s death, she learns more about her past through family members in Italy, especially her Aunt Sira, who is her sur ...more
Lauren Mouat
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the Way to Italy brings to life the city of Rome and one girls journey of discovering what home truly means: how we discover it where we thought it didn't exist, how we realize who are family is and how home doesn't have to be one place. It's a coming of age novel in a cross-cultural and global context that is simply beautifully written. Many lines are pure poetry and I felt I was there beside Little, experiencing Rome and Italy. As Little uncovers a family mystery, her path takes her across ...more
Debra Schoenberger
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although not strictly a "coming of age" story, All the Way to Italy  brings us on a young woman's emotional journey to determine where her roots really lie.  She was brought to California by her aunt when she was very young as her parents' relationship suddenly fell apart.  Little loves her life in California but after her father's death she returns to find answers to what really happened to her family before her flight to California.  Feeling lost and uprooted, with her love for her present hom ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little was born in Italy, but was raised in San Francisco by her Aunt Sira. Little's father raised Sira's daughter Anna. This is so unusual to me how they all just didn't go to San Francisco together from the beginning to escape the family turmoil in Italy. Reading on into the book you will understand why.
Little's family background was never talked about before her dad's passing. Her Aunt Sira is back in Italy and wants Little to leave San Francisco so she can go through her dads things and find
Tyta Agrebi
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful journey with 'Little' back and forth between California, and Rome and other cities at different times. You'll be collecting the different pieces of the puzzle trying to figure out what happens to a family divided by an ocean, and a self (or selves) yearning for different places at the same time.

Get ready to fall in love with Italy (well... It's not very difficult) asking yourself a bunch of questions every time you put the book down. The surprise is... You will discover that you are
K. Allison Davis
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A novel of self discovery and reconnection. After growing up in California, Little returns to Italy following her father's death. Every family has its secrets and this one is no different. Little embarks on an adventure of Italy trying to reveal what her father had kept from her. It was impossible not to form an emotional connection with Little and her journey. I fell in love with Italy through the amazing descriptions. The writing style is so poetic and descriptive that you can visualize every ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Flavia Brunetti's book, Little loses her words, is lost and in search of feeling right again. With the city in her blood, she soul-searchingly wanders the many "hearts" of Rome, her home so to speak, and finding bits of herself along the way. Cicadas in the trees performing symphonies, country olive groves, easily shared conversations and companionship all show Little, that Italy is an artery, and is sacred. What an amazing book, and true contemporary pleaser! The characters and deep story we ...more
Tyta Agrebi
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All the way to Italy is a window into an individual’s life that ended up being a channel into my own world. Through a seemingly unique and personal experience, the book knocks on the door of every citizen of the world making them question identity, family, and love. What are these things to each and every one of us? We probably don’t know. I believe this book is just telling us what we already know: we are complex beings, with complex unique lives that at the end meet in the crossroads of uncert ...more
Liam Arne
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was- simply put- beautiful. The characters were rich and relatable, the story held mystery, love, and hope, and it showed a different side to Italy than a typical travel narrative offers. Little is rediscovering her adoration for her homeland, an angle fresh, emotional, and enjoyable for the reader. There were some truly poetic lines and standout sections that injected humor and joy into this wrought story. I couldn’t recommend it more!
Jennifer Lewis
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story which deals with deep emotional and life-changing transitions, created by grief and a physical and mental urge to find where home is to the book's main character. Despite these intense themes, Brunetti treats her character's stories with a delicateness which allows the reader to cling to their highs and lows.q
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did not know what to expect when starting this book but was quickly enticed by this girls journey. I really enjoyed the letters at the end of the book. And the descriptive views of several Italian towns were done in a way that you could truly visualize each park, each restaurant, each place.
Shanna Beasley
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a beautiful love letter to Italy. Flavia Brunetti is a talented writer and had me absolutely enchanted from page one!
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Could not finish this. It didn't hold my attention at all.
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Born just outside of Rome, Flavia Brunetti grew up bouncing back and forth between Italy and California, eventually moving back to the Eternal City and confirming her lifelong commitment to real gelato. Flavia holds a Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from John Cabot University. Today she travels the world workin ...more

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