Published January 27th 2015
While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too. In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.
I always love books that take place outside of the US. It’s a lot of fun to me to read about new places, places that I’ve never been. So when I read the synopsis for Love, Lucy, I knew that I would love this book. And I totally did.
I loved reading about Italy and all the adventures that Lucy, Charlene, and Jesse went on.
Everything was described really well and I could picture everything perfectly.
I thought Lucy was really likable and she was so awesome. I felt like she really made the best out of her situation and didn’t dwell on the bad things. She wasn’t whiny or annoying at all. And even though this is a romance, Lucy didn’t drop everything for a boy. And I felt like the story was still focused on Lucy, not a boy and Lucy.
I felt like Charlene was a bit of a hypocrite and really critical of Lucy. She seemed to try to control Lucy a lot. It was really frustrating as the reader because I just wanted to tell Charlene how mean she was being to Lucy without even realizing it. But I thought the character development was really wonderful and I did end up liking Charlene in the end.
The tone of this book is so wonderful. It’s light and fun, something that I love in contemporary.
The author did a really wonderful job of creating a really lighthearted story.
Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book. I was so much fun and I felt like I had been on the trip with Lucy and Charlene. The writing is great and the author did a great job setting the scenes.
This is definitely one of my favorite contemporaries that I’ve read in the last year. I read this as an ebook but I’m going to be picking a print copy soon because I enjoyed it so much.
I highly recommend Love, Lucy to anyone who loves fun, quick reads full of adventure and romance.
About the author
April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, due out in January, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.