Love & Gelato: The Truth of Love and Life in Italy

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Love & Gelato
Maybe that's the beauty of death, nothing is messy anymore. Everything is sealed up and final. -- Hadley

Love & Gelato. Sumber:
Title: Love & Gelato
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series: Love & Gelato #1
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Number of pages: 389 pages
Date of published: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse

“I made the wrong choice.” 

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 she 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 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.

To complete Balabala Reading Challenge 2020, I decided to search a book with ice cream on the cover. After searching on google, my choice landed to Welch's work. I choose this book because this is young adult book and one of my acquaintance in Goodreads made a good review about it. So, why not to give it a try, right?

The Life of Lina

After her mother, Hadley, passed away, Lina went to Italy to live with his father, Howard. But, to be honest, Lina didn't have any idea about his father after all. Her mother never told Lina who her father was until she was dying. Hadley tried to convince Lina that she should goes to Italy and try to stay there for a while with Howard. At the first, Lina refused to do it. But, Hadley being Hadley. She has made Lina promise her to live with Howard for summer.

My mother had kept us apart for sixteen years. Why were we together now?

Living in Italy wasn't something that ever crossed Lina's mind ever. Moreover, live in the middle of cemetery. Well, the fact maybe was hard for Lina. Because, now she is literally live in the middle of cemetery and didn't have any idea what she should do to get socialize. Fortunately, Lina met Lorenzo Ferrara or Ren who actually tried to help Lina adapted in Italy.

Ren was also someone who help Lina to uncover the truth about her mother's life in Italy. This so-called journey was started when Lina got her mother's journal from Sonia--Howard's friend and neighbor. Since Lina was very curious about the fact that her mother has separated her with her own father for more than fifteen years, Lina want to know the exact reason behind of it. Therefore, Lina's journey to find the truth about it is begin.

Image:, edited by me

Typical Cute Young Adult Book

Considering this is a young adult book, no wonder id the author made this book in the very cute way. After all, this book has aim to entertain the teenager. To be honest, this book is cute and good for light reading. The story is neat and there are a plot twist there even thought I have figured out the twist from the very start.

“I don’t owe you anything. Maybe next time you should have a little more faith in me.” -- Lina.

The love part of this book is typical young adult couple. It's cute, full of lovey dovey, and of course, quite hard to happen in the real life. Nevertheless, I still like Ren as the character. He is gentle and always caring. Even though he is a little bit annoying when he is near Mimi--her ex-girlfriend.

I like the story of Lina and Howard. Their relationship is cute and warm. I wonder if Howard could be a good father after all. Well, at least I am happy with Lina's decision in the end of the story.

Anyway, I just know that this book is a series. So, another book still be related to this book. Hmm, it makes me curious all the way.


For a light reading and cute story, you should try to read Love & Gelato. At least, you will get the explanation about some favorite tourism places in Italy.

3 stars for the Lina and Ren journey to find Gelato.

Puji P. Rahayu

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