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Love & gelato, Jenna Evans Welch

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Love & gelato
Title
Love & gelato
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Jenna Evans Welch
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Love and gelato
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Language
eng
Summary
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn't in the mood for Italy's famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She's only there because it was her mother's dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn't around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home. But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina's uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother's footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It's a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father-and ever herself
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  • Grades 8-11 It has always been just Lina and her mom, Hadley, and Lina’s been fine with that. But when Hadley dies of cancer, her final wish is for 16-year-old Lina to go to Italy for the summer to meet her father. When she arrives at his home, she finds her mother’s journal awaiting her—words that recount Hadley’s year in Italy and her experience of love as she honed her craft as an artist. Lina comes to know her mother through new eyes while falling in love for the first time with a cute Italian boy. This poetic novel is replete with opportunities for discovery, including Lina’s exploration of the beautiful Tuscan countryside and her newfound relationship with her father. The journal works to parallel Lina’s and Hadley’s lives across generations and gives tension to the narrative. Lina is a likable heroine in spite of her flaws, and readers will be caught up in this story of romance, family, and what it really means to be loved. -- Moore, Melissa (Reviewed 4/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 15)
  • Her life already upended by her mother's short illness and death, Lina, 16, moves to Tuscany to live with the father she's never met. Lina's repulsed to discover that her father, Howard, is the caretaker of a World War II cemetery in Italy. She's had enough of death, thanks, and doesn't need to see all those crosses outside her bedroom window. Determined not to stay, Lina secures a promise from her best friend, Addie, to help her return to Seattle. But as readers probably know by now, Tuscany is irresistible. Soon Lina's seduced by its rolling hills and Florence's myriad beauties and attractions. Gelato and a guy play their parts. Lorenzo, known as Ren, a handsome, half-Italian, half-American neighbor, attends the school she'll be enrolled in if she stays. He introduces her to classmates who welcome her into their close-knit posse, including a wealthy—and hot—Brit, Thomas. Howard proves both likable and an ideal parent—caring but not hovering. Why her mother never mentioned him until she became ill, and why Lina looks nothing like him, remain mysteries she's determined to solve. The journal her mother mailed to Italy—detailing her own year in Florence as a photography student—holds some but not all the answers. Lina narrates in a breezy style, her mother's journal entries interwoven to provide revelations at carefully paced intervals. Seasoned with luscious descriptions of Renaissance architecture and Italian food, a sure bet for fans of romance fiction and armchair travel. (Fiction. 12-16)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10482527
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Welch, Jenna Evans
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 12 up
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 11
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True
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  • Family secrets
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Family secrets
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Mothers
  • Absentee fathers
  • Diaries
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Secrecy
  • Romance fiction
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • Italy
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Love & gelato, Jenna Evans Welch
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
000056917833
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Extent
389 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781481432542
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015029210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)948566728
Label
Love & gelato, Jenna Evans Welch
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000056917833
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Extent
389 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781481432542
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015029210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)948566728

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