An Italian Adventure is the first book in Gaia B. Amman Italian Saga. The story is a beautiful coming of age tale, that deals with all the troubles of leaving childhood behind, and entering adolescents. Set in Italy in the 1980’s it follows tomboy Leda, who wants nothing more than to hang with two friends Peo and Flavio, climb trees and ride their bikes through the fields. Until the newest kid in town, and school bully Nico shows them a porno mag, right before their first communion. Thus starts the biggest change in Lee’s life and friendship, as she makes it through the good times and the bad.
I thought An Italian Adventure was incredibly well written, with magnificent characters that came to life on every page. It was nostalgic to read about the troubles of teen years, and to remember when times were much simpler. When my biggest troubles were eating my vegetables and dealing with a bedtime. This story made me nostalgic for my childhood, and all the days spent playing on a playground, or swimming in a pool till I was blue. I adored this memoir of sorts, and look forward to seeing where the story goes in the future. I gave An Italian Adventure 4/5 stars!
Reviewed by @erin-davidson