{Bee Reviews} Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch ~ At Least It Has Italian Food?

Posted April 21, 2016 by Bee in Reviews / 8 Comments

{Bee Reviews} Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch ~ At Least It Has Italian Food?

Love & Gelato

by Jenna Evans Welch
Published on May 3rd 2016
by Simon Pulse
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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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 even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

2.5 Stars

I don’t even know where to start right now. I should’ve loved this book because it has everything I love. Well, mainly one thing. Italy. I love Italy. And their food, of course. But I didn’t love this book. I’m greatly disappointed actually. And I really don’t know how else to tell you than with a list.

What I liked:

  • The setting. I mean, it can’t get any better than Italy. I LOVE Italy. I’ve been there and I would go back in a heartbeat.
  • The food. Related to the setting, but deserves to be mentioned seperately. This book made me so hungry! That delicious Italian food. Sigh. It’s my favorite, honestly.
  • Howard. I loved him as a character. I think he was the only one I actually genuinly liked.
  • The “mystery”. I really did want to know about Lina’s mom and I liked the whole storyline of the diary and stuff. I wanted to know what had happened.
  • Diversity! Yes, it’s set in Italy and the cast, though not fantastic, is diverse. View Spoiler » Gotta give the book credit where credit’s due.

What I didn’t like:

  • Thomas. I honestly don’t think the story would’ve changed if he’d been left out completely. He was just a plot device. Nothing more.
  • The side characters. They just felt very one-dimensional and not memorable at all.
  • Ren. I just didn’t get him? I mean… He’s cute. I guess. But I don’t know him enough.
  • The writing. It’s very meh. Most of the conversations feel forced and not natural and it was just bland overall.
  • The romance. Didn’t feel a thing. Didn’t even ship it. I was so confused as to who I should be shipping, honestly. Ren or Thomas? I didn’t know. I didn’t care.
  • Lina. The main reason this book failed. She annoyed me from the start, honestly. Her reaction to Howard living on a cemetery for WWII soldiers was so disrespectful and kind of insulting. And she’s stupid. She was surprised Howard could speak Italian even though he’s lived there for more than seventeen years. Whut even. She was infuriating most of the time and I didn’t care about her at all. Nope. Not one bit.

So should you read this? I don’t know. Maybe? Give it a try, if only for Italy & the food, it might end up surprising you. If you don’t like it, we can complain about it together. If you do, yay! Good for you! Now I’m going to eat, because I’m hungry.


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8 responses to “{Bee Reviews} Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch ~ At Least It Has Italian Food?

  1. Nathan

    It sounds like Lina may have a few stereotypes in her head. To bad the story didn’t work out, except for the food and setting. It is nice to see your a bit back 🙂 I missed you, too.

  2. so sorry you didn’t like this more. I have started it but haven’t gotten very far. I know what you mean about the food. I am only about 20 pages in and already there has been a lasagna entry that had me mouth watering. I also get lina and her reaction to the graveyard. kind of dumb but I will continue and see what I think.

  3. I would read it for the FOOOOOOD! But nah, I don’t think I will. Lina seems horrible (going by what you said in the last bullet) and everything sounds so bland in this story. I think Nick didn’t like it or was at least okay about it. I can’t remember but I know reading her review didn’t fully motivate me to read it and now, to the back burner!!! I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you and I’m guessing you were looking forward to it because of Italy and the food! Seriously, I’d read it for the food. Food is my best friend. I love food!! I’m always eating hahaha
    So glad to see you back!! Not completely back back but just a tiny bit back 😀 I missed you!

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