Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

“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...

Details Love & Gelato

TitleLove & Gelato
Release DateMay 3rd, 2016
PublisherSimon Pulse
Number of pages389 pages
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Reviews Love & Gelato

  • Lola Reviewer
    ‘‘You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it’s for the same two things.’’‘‘What?’’‘‘Love and gelato.’’ WARNING: Love & Gelato may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato. I repeat, Love & Gelato may trigger a dizzying yearning for gelato. Beware, readers! 3.5 stars. It may also make you crave to find love in Italy…This contemporary novel is exactly what I needed after finishing a fr...
  • Kasie West
    Super cute. I loved it.
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This might be the cutest book I've ever read. The entire thing was just so hopeful and HAPPY (even when the topic might not have been). The Italian scenery was gorgeous, the food was amazing, and all of the characters were so precious. I wish I could go back and read it all over again... or just go to Florence this summer myself. If you're looking for a good YA contemporary (or just a lovely book in general) I definitely recommend this one!!
  • Celine (celinereads)
    hi can i give this book 10/5 stars because THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. i LOVE THE CHARACTERS AND STORY AND THE COVER AND EVERYTHING. ok. also, love & gelato is an extremely easy and quick read that's addicting and amazing and i'm in love!!
  • мαүғℓσωεя
    Awww! This was a really cute summer read. I loved the whole Italian experience accompanied with lots of Italian history, gelato, and young love. Perfect! This story had it's ups and downs, I enjoyed the mystery part and I loved the character growth, I still feel giddy.4 stars!
  • Bookables Heather
    3.5Really enjoyed this book!Mashup review featuring it coming soon!
  • Amber Robertson
    DNF @ 10%I will be displaying my emotions through Ron Swanson gifs.Love and Gelato was a book I desperately wanted to love. I mean, the set up was perfect. Italy, love and gelato (which I've never actually had but it sounds good). Italy is a destination I have always wanted to travel, and how could you not with all the culture present in the cities. However, as I began to read this book I knew it wasn't going to be a finish for me. Why? Well, the...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    4.5 StarsLove and Gelato is the perfect book to enjoy this summer. Set in Italy, this book is absolutely breathtaking. The fact that there are old journal entries in the story makes it so much more incredible. Trust me, after reading this book, you’ll be craving some gelato!Love and Gelato has such an interesting concept! This book tells the story of Lina, a girl who moves to Italy after her mom dies. When she gets there, she is given an old jo...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    This was pretty damn cute, you guys. All I want to do now is go to Italy and fall in love with some Nutella pastries. Insert gif of Emma Stone saying YUM here.
  • BookLover
    This was a cute story about a girl finding a way to move on with life after losing her mother. Lina made a promise to her dying mother, finding herself in Italy with a father she had never met. Lina’s experience tugged at all the right strings for me.What brought my overall enjoyment down, though, was the diary her mother left for her. Actually, that’s not true. The diary itself didn’t bother me, especially once the story came full circle. ...
  • Karmen (readingoncloud9)
    *4.5 stars*After finishing this book, (well also during reading it) I had major cravings for some gelato. It was super cute and mysterious. I couldn't put it down! Because of this book, I want to go to Italy even more now.
  • Inge
    To be honest, I was more interested in the gelato part than the love part, but it was still pretty cute.
  • Jennifer
    Fans of the young-adult genre will definitely enjoy Jenna Evans Welch's debut novel: Love & Gelato. It incorporates grief, family issues, age-appropriate romance, and the Italian culture. Overall, I liked it. The cultural components were my favorite parts. I also could very much appreciate the lengths the heroine went to in order to learn about her paternity – I was in the same boat at a point in my adolescence and her curious desperation felt ...
  • Anna Smith
    "You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it's for the same two things." "What?""Love and gelato." Oh I loved this so much!! So cute and mysterious and I couldn't put it down. A perfect summer read!
  • Rachael ( RachaelRexds )
    This was a really cute & fun contemporary read and I'm glad I decided to pick it up at the library! :)
  • Gus
    Esta reseña NO contiene spoilers.*pukes rainbows*Este es uno de esos libros ridículamente cursis que son el placer culposo de todo ser humano existente en el planeta tierra. Sí, es surrealista y más fantasioso que la propia fantasía pero OH GOD, QUE BIEN LA PASÉ LEYENDOLO.SINOPSISLove & Gelato nos cuenta la historia de Lina, una adolescente que debe viajar a Italia luego de que su madre muriera y dejara eso como su último deseo. Estando al...
  • Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
    “Maybe that was just part of the Italian experience. Come to Italy. Fall in love. Watch everything blow up in your face. You could probably read about it on travel websites.” 3 1/2 stars. I feel like Love & Gelato is the kind of book most people would say about "oh, that looks cute" and then never bother picking up. I was of the same mindset and almost didn't give it a try. I'm glad I did, because although this book was quite cliché and full...
  • Joshua Gabriel (Forever Bookish Josh)
    Love & Gelato was the first contemporary novel I've read this year, and I absolutely enjoyed it. Although this book was marketed as a love story, I found the romance between Lina and Ren to be nearly insignificant next to the novel's overall premise: A girl desperately trying to cope with the sudden loss of her beloved (and frustratingly secretive) mother. In its totality, this book earned a spot in my favorites shelf because it entertainingly de...
  • Anatea Oroz
    I so LOVED this book! If you can't go to Florence, but still want to experience it, reading this book will make it seem just like you're there! Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest
  • Monica
    I thought the author handled grief really well, and the story and characters were interesting. I wanted to feel a bit more of the Italian atmosphere, but otherwise it was exactly what I wanted: light and summery with splashes of humor and emotion.
  • Jeanette
    4.5/5 stars
  • Sarah
    3.5 Stars :)Although I didn't read it in the Summer, this is the perfect Summer YA book! It's a very cute book that takes place in Italy. This book made me crave so much food (especially gelato) and it made me want to go to Italy too. It had all the elements of a good YA romance - a likeable protagonist, cute boys, good friends, angsty drama, a nice pace, self-discovery, a nice sentiment and enjoyable writing. It kind of reminded me of a book Sar...
  • Theresa
    I thought this book was ok. It was very cute and an easy summer read. The characters were alright but I had a few issues with Lina's rationale and decision making ability. The narrative is first person, and used the word "like" a lot. I think it was to make it sound more teenager-ish but it got very annoying vey fast. It was a bit Insta lovey for me, the whole beginning and the characters meeting and forming a relationship felt very rushed. All i...
  • Ayla
    Wauw!! Echt een heel mooi boek!
  • nick
    Ahhh Love & Gelato! I had such high hopes for you! When I went into this book, I was expecting to be entirely swept away by the Tuscany setting and a swoony romance. The setting itself was beautifully written here. I felt myself being transported to Italy, wanting to eat gelato alongside the protagonist, Lina. However, I really struggled with the romance and the characters in this book. I didn’t feel like they were as well-fleshed out as they c...
  • Marieke
    En... toen was dit mooie boek uit. Wow, wat heb ik ontzettend genoten van dit boek! Het boek draait om een erg emotionele gebeurtenis, namelijk het overlijden van de moeder van Lina. Maar Jenna Evans Welch heeft dit boek zo knap geschreven! Ik had vaak helemaal niet het idee dat het onderwerp zo zwaar was. De karakters is dit boek zijn super! Lina vond ik vooral erg leuk. Zij maakte me ook weer enthousiast over hardlopen^^ En die omgeving waar he...
  • Shannon
    This book is so lovely and cute. The subject of this book is really heavy but you don't notice it at all, which I think is a good thing. I really liked Lina and Ren, it was so nice from him to offer her help. The setting was nice as well, I really want to go to Italy now. Anyways, I really recommend this book!
  • Liz
    This was a cute book. I can't say I loved it but I did really enjoy it. It was an easy read with some sad moments but the humor and romance are what made the book for me. The descriptions of Italy were gorgeous and it honestly made me feel as if I had taken a trip to Italy.
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  • Chinouk Thijssen
    Wat een lief en mooi boek is dit! Erg van genoten.In deze video leg ik uit wat ik verder van dit boek vond: