Colleen Hoover meets Jandy Nelson in this emotional coming of age story, culminating the celebrated Italian saga.
Italy, the mid-90s. Fifteen-year-old bookish tomboy Leda is dating the bad boy of her dreams. Is it love? Is she ready for her first time? Leda discovers at her own expense that life is not a fairy tale and she finds her own way to make sense of darkness, love, and friendship....
Authentic, emotional, and gripping, this novel denounces the hypocrisy of a society that would rather see pregnant teens than having an honest conversation about sex. Breathtaking Italy with its fascinating culture adds to the charm of this addictive, empowering novel about a girl trying to make it on her own, no matter what.
"Sex to me was mysterious and omnipresent, just like God. Several of my friends were no virgins, definitely including Nico. The biology and anatomy of the act had been unraveled for me in school with all the pain embarrassment could bring. The many books I surrounded myself with had answered any residual question but one: when was the right time? Was there a moment in your life when this cumbersome question mark turned into an exclamation?"
"One of my favorite reads this year. I got lost within the pages. Addictive!" (Holly Flora, Country Girl Bookaholic)
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The realistic sex initiation of a teenger girl...
Well, I'd say everything. There's nothing in this story that I'd change. It's perfect in its imperfection becaused it's linked to reality and the real world is never perfect...this story is so realistic and relatable. So connected with the real world we live in. I've never read something that felt so true.
There are many moments, but if I told something I would just spoil the story...
Well, the author knows her characters the best way, so she's able to bring them to life... and her Italian accent adds color to the entire reading experience.
A lot of moments, but again I don't want to spoil anything...
This is a story that I felt real from page one to the very end. It's bittersweet and crude at some point, and humorous and full of joy and hope in others. It's something that you need to read...it moved me in ways I couldn't even suspect. I feel so close to this story in ways I can't fully understand... Thank you, Gaia B. Amman.
- Clarica Claudia