Leda is a bookish 10-year-old tomboy. Her life turns upside down when shady Nico moves to the North from Sicily. Determined not to let the bully ruin her life, Leda is dragged through a tornado of adventures that will transform both kids in the face of first crushes, weird adults, and family drama. This tale will show you the Italy you never imagined, an exhilarating mix of sensuality, religion, and superstition in the serene countryside, the Alps, and the enchanting Island of Sardinia.
"An engaging story from beginning to end."
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.
"My new favorite book!"
Italy, the 90s. When Alex takes an interest in bookish tomboy Leda, the young teen finds herself torn between her handsome suitor and her long-term feelings for childhood friend Nico, who's dark, unreliable, and utterly ignores her. Leda finds her way through puberty, navigating her parents' separation, starting high school, and pursuing her dream to win the Italian junior volleyball championship.
Italy, the mid 90s. Bookish, tomboy Leda is dating the bad boy of her dreams. Is it love? Is she ready for her first time? Steamy at times, always emotional, the narration is authentic and gripping, raw and unapologetic in denouncing the hypocrisy of a society that would rather see pregnant teens than have an honest conversation about sex. Funny, moving, brutal, and sexy, this book is recommended to adults and teens alike.
"The realistic sex initiation of a teenger girl..."