Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
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Italian for Beginners by Kristin Harmel

Title: Italian for Beginners
Author: Kristin Harmel
Genre: Chick lit
Setting: The US of A and Italy, present day.
Reason for Reading: I was greedily perusing the new Cambridge Main Branch New Book Section and took everything that appealed to me.
Pages: 372
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A woman who looks like Audrey Hepburn in the back of a Vespa. Her arms are around a guy. Due to unfortunate placement of the library barcode I can't see his face, but I'm guessing he's an Italian hunk.
First line: “It all began with a wedding.”
Best part: You know how sometimes you want to read about Somebody Else's Problems? Problems that you are pretty sure you're not going to have? Well, I'm never going to be the older never-married sister at her younger sister's wedding, not in this lifetime anyway.
Worst part: I felt the book relied too heavily upon the movie Roman Holiday, which I suspect may have been spoiled for me thereby. My second least favorite thing is my usual complaint with chicklit: it was hard to respect the protagonist due to her many dumb choices.
Imaginary Theme Song: “Breakfast at Tiffany's.” Please note I don't actually like that song.
Grade: C-.
Recommended for: Those who have already seen the movie Roman Holiday and thus will not be spoiled by it.
Related Reads: “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. “Fear of Flying” by Erica Jong.
Tags: books 2009, fiction
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