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Magan: Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson Publication Date: June 12, 2012 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Pages: 320 Keywords: Adoption, Travel, Studying Abroad, Italy, Bad Relationships Target Audience: Young Adult Format Read: Paperback from ALA (Thank you!) Summary: Violet chooses to do an 8-week course in Italy to investigate why she looks so like a modern-day […]

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August 25, 2013 - 2:20 am

In My Mailbox (#4 & Final) | That Artsy Reader Girl - […] be Reading I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella Magan’s Review of Flirting in Italian by Lauren […]

June 18, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - And this book sounded so cute too! It’s sad that it doesn’t live up to what I would have been expecting, which was something more along the lines of Stephanie Perkins.

May 31, 2012 - 10:18 am

Holley - I completely agree with everything you said!! I was so frustrated that I didn’t like this book more. You hit the nail directly on the head.
I think this was the most disappointed I’ve been in a while with a book.

May 30, 2012 - 11:55 am

Shelve It: 5/27/2012 - […] she couldn’t get into the next book for quite awhile. Magan’s honest review of Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson. > A great meme from Broke & Bookish featuring 10 OTHER blogs we visit during the day. > […]

May 28, 2012 - 10:57 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Remember how on mentioned on Twitter recently that read a book that I really disliked? So, it wasn’t this book but my problem comes down to the same thing: show, don’t tell. I hate being told something when it would have made more sense to show me. I especially hate being told something over and over again. And ugh to insta-love with a rude boy. And ugh to books being split into two (or more) books when they should just be one.

Don’t think I’ll be checking this one out! I hate when a bad book puts you in that weird mood where you don’t want to read anything else.

May 26, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - *weeps uncontrollably*

I was SO excited for this! I went nuts trying to get my hands on it early! I’m going to be reading it in a week or so, and I’m so sad now! Haha. Oh well… I’m glad you were honest, and I *hope* I don’t feel the same way! 😛

May 26, 2012 - 7:05 am

June 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] in Italian by Lauren Henderson Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Magan’s Review Goodreads | […]

May 25, 2012 - 1:10 pm

Jasmine Rose - I’m really sad to hear you didn’t like this one. The cover made it look so cute, although, to be honest I really don’t know anything else about it. I didn’t even know you guys had the rating “move to bottom of pile” since I’ve never seen it before, but I’m thinking that’s precisely what I’ll do.
Great review :]

May 24, 2012 - 8:22 am

Jamie - I had seen this on a lot of WOWs and like the IDEA of this book but thankfully you just told me everything I needed to hear to not waste my time on this one! Sounds so frustrating and I KNOW I wouldn’t dig it now!

Thanks for being honest..even if sometimes it feels icky! I appreciate it as someone who really trusts your reviews!

May 23, 2012 - 7:46 pm

VeganYANerds - Oh Magan, I can feel your frustration, thanks for giving us such an honest review of this book.

For someone reason this never appealed to me, I love contemp, books set in Europe etc but this never really jumped out at me so I have no issue in passing on it, knowing what I do now, thanks to your insight into this book. It sounds really disappointing and I can’t believe it doesn’t even end properly and you’re meant to grab the next book that’s not even out yet, ag!

May 23, 2012 - 5:03 pm

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - THANK YOU, MAGAN, for saying everything I couldn’t figure out how to say on my blog. (Now I feel like I should do a tiny post about it & then just link here… Hmm).

TOTALLY agree about Violet. I tried SO HARD to like her, but she kept making it impossible. I kept reading for the weird art thing and was so frustrated when it basically never went anywhere and I figured out there was supposed to be another book. Why was that such a focus of the synopsis if it wasn’t really in the book at all?! And why would this story need to take more than one book?!

May 23, 2012 - 4:57 pm

margie c {the bumble girl} - sniff, I was really looking forward to this one. I don’t read many contemps, and by the cover and summary, I really thought this would be one to add to my lil stack. I’m so sad to see this and will have to see if my library brings it in (yea, I’m out in the sticks, lol, they don’t bring many newbies in, geesh!)
Thank you for your honest review, Magan, I appreciate it!

May 23, 2012 - 1:03 pm

elena - This looks like such a cute book and it’s so disappointing that it WASN’T. I’m going to pass on this because from what you say about it, it wouldn’t be my cup of tea. ESPECIALLY the bit about the sequel. I would feel so ripped off. Thanks for the honest review, Magan!

May 23, 2012 - 10:50 am

Jen - DUDE. I put this bad boy down after one single chapter. I am really glad I did, judging by this review. I love honest reviews, and this one is perfect. So sorry you didn’t enjoy the book, but it’s reassuring that I did the right thing by bowing out early.

May 23, 2012 - 9:39 am

Karen - I hate when a book disappoints you so much that it ruins all other books you haven’t even gotten to yet.
I’ve had that happen a few times. The ones that bug you in the middle of the night even though you should just get over it.
It’s especially depressing with this one because from the cover and summary you are expecting cute/romantic.
I’m sorry it didn’t work for you and doesn’t sound like a book I would enjoy either but I hope you did find another read to lift your spirits.

May 23, 2012 - 9:08 am

Eva, The Book Stoner - I read the verdict first and wow. I don’t like repetitive narratives too. Thanks for the warning!

Shelve It: May 6, 2012

How have two weeks passed by since my last vlog? SO much has happened in the last few weeks, but thankfully, life will be slowing down soon. Both Estelle and I will be going with our hubbies on vacation in June, so we’ve been discussing books and what we’ll take along with us. (Who needs […]

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May 9, 2012 - 10:40 am

Magan - Liz! I hope you love In Honor and Second Chance Summer. Two beautifully written books. I loved them both so, so much! 🙂

May 9, 2012 - 10:36 am

Magan - Thanks for the heads up about Hourglass, Karen. I will definitely re-read after you said this. AND YAY FOR KALEB. I can’t wait to read from his POV!

May 9, 2012 - 10:35 am

Magan - Elena! I hope I like it too! Flirting in Italian was a huge disappointment, however. And will definitely re-read Hourglass because that’s how I felt about it too – MAKEOUTS! (!!!!). Hahah. You’re so welcome for the link! xoxo

May 9, 2012 - 10:34 am

Magan - I’m a terrible list maker when it comes to reading, Sash. TERRRIBLE. You’re so welcome for the link! Loved that post. 🙂

May 9, 2012 - 10:30 am

Magan - Margie! Hahaha to your comment about What’s Left of Me! I really hope I like it. *crosses fingers*
And yay to you adding those books to your TBR pile! 🙂 Start with Second Chance Summer since, ya know, it came out YESTERDAY!

May 9, 2012 - 10:24 am

Magan - I think the cover of What’s Left of Me is really striking, too, Aneeqah! I’m super excited to pick up that one!

May 9, 2012 - 10:22 am

Magan - Thanks, Brittani! Ahhhh! Go back to your bookstore and pick up SECOND CHANCE SUMMER! SO, SO GOOD!

May 9, 2012 - 10:22 am

Magan - Laura, most people told me to re-read Hourglass. McEntire doesn’t do a lot of re-telling.
I would definitely re-read Divergent if I were you. However! Veronica Roth did post a re-cap spoiler post to remind people of what went down in Divergent. 🙂

May 9, 2012 - 10:20 am

Magan - Thanks, Nea! So excited for Timepiece!!

May 9, 2012 - 10:19 am

Magan - Hannah, YOU WIN. You, my friend, are the best commenter. Thanks so much for this! YOU MADE MY DAY!
1. Thanks for the compliment on the hair. It was actually a terrible hair day. The fishatail saved me.
2. The lipgloss color is 24/7 by Smashbox. It’s my go-to fave.
3. Kissing scenes. Always kissing scenes. Yes, please.
4. Have you read any other Kody Keplinger? If not, DO!
5. Go back to your bookstore and buy Second Chance Summer. ASAP!
6. Thanks!!
7. HOP ON THE DIVERGENT TRAIN! And yes, Estelle just finished Divergent today. She’s a convert!
9. ESTELLE rocked it with the Biebs and Duff last week!
10. We love, love long comments. See above. 🙂

May 9, 2012 - 10:13 am

Magan - Thanks, Mandee! WOOO! So glad you’re going to read Hourglass & Timepiece! And yes, my husband cracked up about the dog in the background. She was just doing her own thing… walking around, taking a stroll. Smelling all the same usual things. Haha. 🙂

May 7, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Paige - I’ve seen What’s Left Of Me around a lot and it sounds really good! I also really love the cover. Flirting In Italian looks so cute, I cannot wait to read that =) I hope you enjoy everything and here’s my IMM!


~Paige @ Comfort Books

May 6, 2012 - 8:43 pm

VeganYANerds - Lovely vlog, as usual, Magan!

I got Timepiece on Netgalley so I ordered myself a copy of Hourglass, and I’m so glad you liked it, I’ll get to it soon!

Ooh I spied one of your pups in the background <3

May 6, 2012 - 7:47 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Here were my thoughts while reading this post:
1. Dang, Magan’s hair looks good. I love that fishtail braid. My hair needs to grow faster so I can do this.
2. I like that lipgloss color. It look so good on Magan!
3. Kissing scenes. Ha! I like that she’s using that as a selling point for the book 🙂
4. Ah I like that cover (A Midsummer’s Nightmare). I want to read this book. I want to take this book on vacation with me. Ooohhh, I need to go get a hat like that one for vacation.
5. I want to read SECOND CHANCE SUMMER so bad. It’s already in a bookstore near me, and I was barely able to tear myself away from it. I just can’t buy another book right now… Why did I walk away from it? Should I go get it? Of course I should, who am I kidding?
6. Oh, I loved Anna’s confessions post, too. What a great blog post to include!
7. All this talk about Insurgent is reminding me that I STILL need to read Divergent. I know, I know. It’s on my list! I’ll get to it soon, I promise. And didn’t Magan say it was a re-read for her? I really need to read it. I wonder if Estelle has read it yet. Hmm…
8. OMG THAT’S ME! Did they really say they hardcore love me? AHH! I love them, too! And my heart is very happy 🙂 And they’re obsessed with lists. SO AM I! We need to be friends forever.
9. Oh, they had some good reviews this week with Hilary Duff & Justin Bieber references. Those made me really happy.
10. I hope they really do like lists since I just left a heck of a long one… 🙂

May 6, 2012 - 6:30 pm

nea barabea - Awww, Timepiece and Flirting in Italian!! Enjoy all your awesome books this week 😉 🙂

May 6, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Laura @ The Traveling Owl - Great haul.

I’d love to know what others say about Timepiece. That’s the next book in my TBR pile.

I’m like you when it comes to reading second books in series. I re-read the first book so I can get caught up. In fact, I haven’t started Insurgent for that very reason. To re-read Divergent and Timepiece, or not. That’s certainly the question.

Super excited for Flirting in Italian as well.

Laura @ The Traveling Owl

May 6, 2012 - 5:06 pm

Brittani - I got Timepiece a week or two ago! I’m so jealous of Flirting In Italian! I cant wait to read that book! And I actually saw Second Chance Summer on the shelves at my Barnes & Noble on Friday. Awesome set of books this week! 🙂

May 6, 2012 - 1:31 pm

Aneeqah - What’s Left of Me sounds so interesting, I can’t wait to read it! The cover is especially gorgeous. =) Second Chance Summer sounds like such a cute contemporary read, I’m excited to pick it up when it releases.

Happy reading! =)

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

May 6, 2012 - 12:31 pm

margie c {the bumble girl} - Hmmm, What’s Left of Me really intrigues me. Sounds like something out of a dream, a not so good dream. I think I’m going to wait to see what you think of it before I decide whether or not this is a read for me – my imagination tends to run a bit too much for stories like this, lol!
I try not to create actual TBRs for myself, I’m like you, my reads fit my mood, and sometimes that makes it difficult to review a book on time.
Flirting in Italian and A Midsummer’s Nightmare are on my list! and thanks to your FB mention, so is Second Chance Summer 🙂
Love your vlogs, thanks for sharing!!!

May 6, 2012 - 10:56 am

Sash from Sash and Em - You make TBRs like I do 🙂 I don’t plan them out because when I do, I end up changing it anyway.

Also, I’m reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and loving it so I will have to pick up Second Chance Summer this week. 🙂

ps – thanks for the linky to our Insurgent review!


May 6, 2012 - 10:40 am

elena - AHHHHH YOU GOT WHAT’S LEFT OF ME?! I am flaily hands for that book, it sounds so good! Also, I have been meaning to write a gushy email to Kat Zhang because she’s 21, wowza. September is too far away! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it.

Those bookplates are so cute! I started reading Timepiece but I don’t think I got past the first chapter yet since I don’t remember what happened in Hourglass. I asked my co-blogger what she remembers from Hourglass and she said MAKEOUTS! and a Doctor Who reference. So I would probably recommend rereading Hourglass beforehand.

I really hope Flirting in Italian is in the same vein Stephanie Perkins writes couples too. I think that’s really her strong point. Second Chance Summer sounds wonderful, I will try to check my B&N soon.

Thank you for linking us. <3

May 6, 2012 - 10:05 am

Karen - Wow! I love that cover for What’s Left of Me.

I agree with you about Hourglass. I don’t usually like time travel stories but this one really works.

I would recommend re-reading Hourglass before Timepiece. It had been a year since I read it and I was slightly confused because Myra doesn’t really recap plus it’s from a different POV. Myra has recaps on her website if you would rather do that. I loved the book though.

P.S. If you like kissing…..Timepiece…..Kaleb…..um yeah ….good kissing there.

May 6, 2012 - 10:04 am

Liz - I am crazy excited for Second Chance Summer, I have it on pre-order with Jessi Kirby’s In Honor and I have seriously counting down the days until May 8th for months now. So glad to hear people say that it is amazing.

What’s Left of Me sounds really interesting… totally different from what I normally read but it is now on my to-read list. I’ll be interested to know what you think about it.