Crushes, friendship, and intrigue set against the gorgeous backdrop of Northern Italy....
Italy, 1990. Leda is a bookworm and a tomboy. As her world splits into girls and boys, she can't seem to fit anywhere. On the background of the 14th FIFA soccer World Cup, Leda embarks on a new series of adventures dealing with hormones, periods, zesty boys, and her own fears in what will be the best summer of her life. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Sardinia, the Dolomites and Tuscany, this humorous yet insightful journey through first love, friendship, and first kisses will leave you breathless, marveling at the customs of a country most people think they know.
©2016 Gaia Bistulfi Amman (P)2016 Gaia Bistulfi Amman
They are both delightful but the Italian accent really makes the audio unique
It made me think of the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery because it's so sweet and insightful, it made me also think of I'll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson, very emotional and funny at the same time
Her accent!! Lovely voice and interpretation
First love in Italy in the 90s
Go for it! I did not know the book was part of a saga. I started with this book (2) and could follow everything. The book is great on its own and is self standing. I am dying to get book 3, meanwhile I'll go back and get book 1!!
First the reading of the author with her strong Italian accent and then her unique interpretation of the many characters. I think that the author's interpretation is the best to convey the different emotions of the characters in the story.
The slow growing up of Leda, the protagonist, and how she feels about the world around her.
A lot of emotions that the simple reading of the book wouldn't give me. I mean, this way it's like to feel the emotions of the many characters in a deeper, meaningful way.
A lot of moments actually, the scenes involving Leda and Nico first, Leda and Giovanni when he claims his interest for her and her reaction, Leda's first kiss, and Leda and Alex's scenes, naturally.
I can't wait to have the next book of the series and to listen to it on audible.
I loved them both, but the Italian accent in the audio definitely adds to to story! BEWARE! Early audio version had chapter 1 truncated (9 minutes and 30 seconds rather than around 12. I downloaded the book again and the problem was solved.)
Leda. She's real, she's smart, but she's also a mess. I liked that characters are flawed but very relatable. I liked that I felt like a teenager all over again. I loved the Italian setting. Places and emotions are described with such imagery and skill that I just could not stop reading
The accent, the energy, excellent really!
I just could not stop, but found myself so upset when it ended. Not like I did not like the end (no spoilers!) it was perfect. I just want to hear more!
Buy it already, you won't regret it. I had not read book one in the saga and had no problem whatsoever following the story. I bought one immediately after this and I liked it just as much.
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