Book Review: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Posted June 27, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 3 Comments

Wish You Were Italian

by Kristin Rae

Wish You Were Italian

Expected Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Length: 323  pages
Obtained Via: I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review by the publisher. This in no way affected my final opinion.
Format read: electronic Advanced Reader’s Copy

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Pippa is in Italy for the summer and, despite her parents’ wishes, she has no intention of just studying the local art! She has a list of things of her own to do: from swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to getting a makeover – and falling for an Italian boy! As Pippa explores the dramatic ruins of Rome and Pompeii, she is swept into her own drama with two guys: an irresistible local she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student . . . Will she find her true love?

The perfect reckless romance to enjoy whether you are home or abroad.


Wish You Were Italian was a pretty cute, breezy read for the most part. If you want to be transported to the beautiful views of Italy and indulge in a little wishful, sweet romance, Wish You Were Italian might be a good book to pick up this summer. While I wasn’t completely enamored with the story, I will say that several aspects were done quite well, including the setting and the romance(for the most part).

However, Wish You Were Italian is cheesy. As cheesy as a deep-dish cheese pizza(not like those Italian pizzas). And while I’ve been known to indulge in a bit of cheesy ready, Wish You Were Italian got a bit too cheesy at some parts, a little too convenient. Pippa decides early in the book to abandon her parent’s idea of attending the art institute in Italy. She’d rather see the sights, so we set out on an adventure with Pippa. And as far as exploring another country through a book, Wish You Were Italian totally let me explore Italy. The sights! The gelato! The description was the best part of this book.

As far as main characters go, I thought Pippa was pretty great. Sometimes in YA we get unbelievable teenagers, but that wasn’t the case in Wish You Were Italian. Pippa is sweet, smart, and despite what she might think, acts impulsively. She has her passions(photography, which is a pretty great passion if you’re spending the summer in Italy. All those sights!), but can be distracted. She has an ability in Italy to make friends, first with an American student, Darren, then with a local Italian girl who invites her along with her family, which is were the “irresistible local” from the blurb comes in.

Despite the love triangle hinted at in the summary, I thought Wish You Were Italian was entirely non-annoying on this front. Yes, Pippa finds herself attracted to both boys, but it didn’t feel like an angst-filled triangle at all, probably because this is Pippa’s vacation and she’s definitely going into it with that mindset. She’s not exactly trying to meet a soul mate.

However, I found my enthusiasm for Wish You Were Italian at about the halfway marker. There’s some storylines that pop up that were just too “made for TV” movie-like for me, and that’s where the romance and such began to get cheesier. I think in the case of Wish You Were Italian, it was more of a personal taste thing. If you can handle cheesy romances(or enjoy them!), you’ll probably really like Wish You Were Italian.


Wish You Were Italian was cute, but a little too cheesy for me. Definitely a case of “it’s me, not you” towards this book, though, so if those type of romances are your thing you might really like this one! In the end, I liked it, but not very strongly.  It was a fun read for the description of Italy and gelato alone. 3/5 cupcakes.




3 Stars

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3 responses to “Book Review: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

  1. You know, sometimes I don’t mind cheesy, breezy romances. I just read one – Just Like the Movies – and I also compared it to a made for tv movie. It’s not something that will stick with me, but it is kind of a palette cleanser, and it’s a fast read.

    • Stormy

      Yup, those are good palette cleansers for sure. Is Just Like the Movies part of Bloomsbury’s If Only line too? I thought I had seen it around(or maybe it’s Not in the Script–I know those are two books I’ve heard of that sound vaguely similar & I know one is from the If Only line). It was fun to travel via book. I’m not sure if I ever wanted to go to Italy as badly as I did right after reading this.

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