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Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
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Apr 03, 2012

it was amazing
Read in April, 2012

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 trying to solve the mystery of why she looks so much like the girl in the painting.

This is a fun and flirty book that is a true romance. It takes place in a fun and foreign location with great friends and cute boys. However, there is a plot point with her crush (whom she kisses a lot) whose mother lives at the castle with the painting (if you get what I'm saying) that is not resolved at the end of the book that is a bit icky that is going to turn off a lot of readers. If you can get past that you'll find that this is a cute and fun romance that your older teens will enjoy.

Appropriateness: This is a book that straddles the line between adult and teen lit. Had Violet been two years older it would have fit perfectly in the chic lit section. There are several steamy kissing scenes but they do not go further than that. There is a lot of drinking (which is legal in Europe) however there is also a lot of discussion of the need for a designated driver (yay) and a lot of talk about how there is no need to drink to excess (yay). I would recommend this book to readers 16+ and use it as a starting point to discuss responsible drinking and the importance of designated drivers.
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Barb Thanks for the candid review. It's especially helpful for moms like me who want to make sure what their kids are reading is appropriate. Thanks again!

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