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.
So…2 stars. Yeah. This book and I weren’t exactly compatible. I had high hopes–I love the idea of backpacking through Italy, and the characters sounded pretty interesting–but unfortunately, I don’t really think that Love, Lucy lived up to that expectation.
My main issue was the romance.
I knew that this was an aspect of the book that would either be a hit-or-miss for me and unfortunately, it was a miss. The love interest, Jesse, and Lucy are staying the same hotel. He’s blatantly rude to her at first, and all she can talk about to her roommate is how attractive he is.
Afterwards, when she seeks him out and they chat for a while (she quickly decides that he had just been rude because he was surprised) Lucy abandons her roommate and sometimes-friend, Charlene, to spend the rest of her vacation travelling alone with Jesse. They even go to Rome together after knowing each other for just a few days! It was a major bout of insta-love. The romance seemed ridiculously fast-paced, and I couldn’t really understand the instant attraction to Jesse.
Lucy herself was also an issue for me
As I mentioned before, she fall in love with a stranger in a foreign country in a matter of days. A few days later, she heads back the U.S. for college (after seriously considering dropping out because Jesse told her that he didn’t believe in higher education) but she can’t stop thinking about Jesse. They email back and forth a few times, but Lucy is constantly thinking about their (really, non-existent) relationship, and is always doubting his feelings for her. She seemed really naive, and selfish.
There were a few things I liked though.
The book improved when Lucy went to college, probably because the characters who irritated me (Charlene and Jesse) were mostly out of the picture. Despite Lucy’s longing for Jesse, I liked it because she started to move on and do other things (try out for the school musical, make some new friends, etc).
The writing was pretty good. I don’t think the author is a bad writer; I think my main issues were with the actual storyline of Love, Lucy instead of the writing style. It had good flow, and was easy to read. The main thing that I was super excited about was the idea of backpacking in Italy. The vivid descriptions helped draw me into the story. I desperately want to go to Florence now. The food, the architecture, the culture…*swoons*
Overall, I didn’t enjoy Lucy, Lucy though
The clingy main character and troublesome romance really couldn’t make up for the interesting setting and good writing, because the actual storyline is what the reader will be paying the most attention to. Unfortunately, the plot was the most bothersome part of the book. If you think it sounds interesting, maybe you should give it a shot and we could compare thoughts.
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