This picks up after the third book and continues the story of Leda and her adventures in young love and growing up as a teenager. I love that although it’s written about teenagers, it’s not written as young adult fiction. It’s really relatable, and the two male main characters, Nico and Ange, are well-developed. Even though sometimes the story seems slightly dramatic, it never goes too far and it’s an enjoyable read.
Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga) by Gaia B. Amman. This author does a wonderful job of writing a story that can deal with some hard issues for young adults. Each of these books have drawn me in from the very beginning and this one was no different. The characters are complex and relatable they draw you into their world completely. I found myself thinking back to my own youth quite often. I recommend reading all the books because you’ll love each one for different reasons and you will have backstory. It’s well written and paced nicely never feeling rushed or lacking anything. I really like each book and this one really had me hooked and I couldn’t put it down. Four big stars and highly recommended!
The Tragicomic Adventure
of an Italian Surviving the First Time
By Gaia B Amman
This could probably be the best YA story for teens and their raging hormones.
Leda and Nico are the best of the best friends. She is the Tomboy and he is the bad boy. But is he really a bad boy? Is she really a tomboy? These teens are about to find out! This is the best true story about growing through the teen years. You will laugh on one page and cry on the next. At least I did. This story has an Italian twist to it as well. But all things are not the expected fairytale. Getting through those teen years has unanswered questions, unexpected trials and hurt feelings.
Gaia B Amman has researched and wrote this story for the YA teens out in the world. She answers questions that nobody wants. As well as following these young teens as they grow into adults. I love the characters in this story. They just fit! Gaia B Amman has done a great job with this story. Thank you!
Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga) by Gaia B. Amman was a beautifully written novel about a crucial moment in Leda’s teenage life. Based in Italy during the 1990’s, the story starts when Leda was 15. She is in a relationship with her best friend Nico. Nico doesn’t have the best track record and everyone sees him as a bad boy, but not Leda. She is crazy about him and claims he has changed for her. Obviously he’s eager to be with her intimately but Leda isn’t sure if she’s ready for her first time. Questions and worry start filling her head.
I truly felt for Leda through this novel, going through teenage years is never easy, especially as a woman. So many questions and uncertainty and then you throw boys into the mix. I loved Leda for her fierce, head strong personality. Even though this novel deals with very real and emotional topics, teenage sex, insecurities, and eating disorders, the author did it in a very tasteful way. I’m sure many teenage girls could see aspects of this novel in their own lives, and they might even learn a thing or two about themselves along the way.
Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga) by Gaia B. Amman
Well I like finding new authors. This is the first book from this author that I have read and it was definitely different and refreshing. I found myself being transported into the main character Lee. I felt as though I was her and all the drama and events were happening to me. I was glued to the pages and couldn’t wait to see what would happen.
I would say that this is a great first person view of being a teenager and the roller coaster of love and relationships. I found that the author made it very insightful. The life of a teenager can be quite complex and this book definitely was a great look into that world. First loves and first relationships can all be very complex and this book brings the reader into that complex emotional time. The drama and complexities of relationships, family and just being a teenager really shine through in this book. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Sex-O-S by Gaia B Amman was a great story! I always enjoy reading a Leda story, and this did not disappoint. Full of drama, and boy problems, self introspection, this novel starring Leda focused more on sex. I always chuckle to myself reading these novels, because Leda always overthinks her situations and problems. Great writing, great introspection, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and can’t wait to read more of Leda’s adventures in Italy!
Sex-O-S is the lateset installment in the coming of age story of Leda. I would recommend that you read these books in order for the maximum enjoyment as it shows us with each one a new stage in her life and all the obstacles that come with said age group. I think for me this one was a bit harder to relate to or just to get into in general but I did overall enjoy the story. Maybe for me it was just the age group of her late teens that we get in this one. It is a confusing age and often we traverse some of the most difficult topics at the same time that our bodies go through a major change as well. I like how real and raw things are in these novels and I will be back to see what will come next for Leda as she continues to find her own way in this world and what that may look like for her.
Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time by Gaia B Amman is the second book in her Italian Teens series which is part of her The Italian Saga series. Leda has grown up to be an inquisitive and thoughtful later teen in this book. She is now facing questions most female teens go through and with her normal aplomb. Amman hits on some major subjects for ladies this age: sex, abuse, weight, and more with a careful and considerate hand to her writing. Leda is such a relatable character and with her lifelong friend Nico (I think many girls have someone like this) things get incredibly complicated. Will Leda learn to be her own beautiful friend? Read this to find out. This is not necessarily for a young girl to read but I think girls at the age of Leda will be able to relate and realize they are not alone in what they are experiencing and questioning.
SEX-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure is an Italian Surviving The First Time (The Italian Saga #4) by Gaia B. Amman. This is a YA story dealing with teens and the heavy issues that plague them. The main issue is the “first time” and whether they are ready or not to take that next step. This book was filled with drama, humor, emotion and sex. I enjoyed this book and I can not wait to read more by Ms. Amman.
The story Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga) by Gaia B. Amman is a Young adult book that is very raw in its emotions. This is what drew me into this book, and I found myself unable to put it down even though I was on a emotional train. This story follows Leda and her first time, all the emotions she experiences with all the questions that are in her head and add to that the peer pressure she’s receiving. She is in love with Nico but can she really change the bad boy? If she says no, will he wait to be with her? Then her experiencing everything she did, my heart was broken for her. The author did an amazing job with this book, and I will have to go back and read each book to play catch up.
Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga)
by Gaia B Amman
In this book Leda and Nico are a little bit older and with that comes more peer pressure. Leda gets more of an understanding as to why Nico is the way he is. Leda finds herself questioning when is a good time to decide to have sex, it seems everyone has a different opinion on this subject. The author did a wonderful job touching on some difficult issues that I thought were handled very well. The things some of these characters go through are a very realistic depiction of what a lot of teens go through. The detail written of different places in Italy they traveled to made me feel like I was there. This book is well written, and I couldn’t help but get invested in these characters. I recommend this book.
Sex-O-S; The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga) by Gaia B Amman
Sex-O-S; The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga) by Gaia B Amman was amazing. Leda is in her teens and she thinks she is in love with Nico but something happens which causes betrayal and pain. This leaves her with trust issues. She later meets Ange and the two explore new things and a relationship together. Reading how their relationship builds was sweet, frustrating, and at time hilarious. Nico is still on of my ever present on again off again favorites but Ange grew on me. Lena’s teenage experience took me back to my own teenage years. I loved her various reactions and how her friend dynamic changed. She is such an amazing main character. If you haven’t read any of the books in this series I highly recommend it. This is one of my favorite out of the series. Easy 5-Stars.
Sex-O-S; The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga) by Gaia B Amman
Wow What a story, I highly recommend if you haven’t already read the previous books in this series to read them as they follow Leda. First off teenage years can honestly suck and you have to make the best of any situation. There’s peer pressure and raging hormones and it’s hard enough adjusting to all the changes a teenager goes through. With that being said I found myself a bit emotional at times with everything Leda was dealing with. She’s in love with Nico who is considered a bad boy. Leda isn’t read to go to all the way, will he wait ? Will she change for him? Find out what happens next in this series absolute must read. I can’t wait to read more from this Author.
Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time
(The Italian Saga #4) by Gaia B. Amman was a great 5 star read.
We start where we left off in the previous book. This is Leda’s story told in her POV about her first time and the emotions that she deals with, among other things. Nico is Leda’s best friend and the man she has feelings for. Problem is he’s not always nice to Leda. Can she get past the trust issues?
There is so much more to this great read. Leda grows up to be a beautiful young woman and we get a great final book in the series. We get all the teen issues, eating disorders and so much more. My emotions were all over the place, I was laughing and crying at times. We get lots of great characters that added a great element to the story. If you’re looking for a great coming of age series with wonderful characters this is the one for you. 1-click and get started today.
Amman is a very gifted storyteller which is further evidenced in this installment in her Italian Saga. I anticipated a very interesting exploration of a poignant time for most and I was certainly not disappointed. I love the added layer of a foreign (to me) culture and upbringing. Very richly detailed and some great characters. Recommend reading this in series order for best understanding.
Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga) by Gaia B. Amman is a YA story of a young woman who finds boys and first-time love and giving in to a sexual experience. As with the other books it is honest and raw and Gaia’s fictional tale of a younger self through her childhood/teens/womanhood, set in beautiful Italy. It deals with expectations and insecurities and exploring different things.
Reviewed by @jennadb
Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time is the next book in the Italian Teens series by Gaia B Amman. It should be read following Forget Nico, in order to get the backstory. The whole series follows Leda, an Italian teenager in a coming of age story. Leda is a teenager now and has experienced her first heartbreak and big breakup. Now she is on to her first long term, serious relationship. She is torn between being a “good girl” and experiencing sex like her friends. She struggles with acceptance and love, and many aspects of her relationship. She is dating an older boy, and with that, comes it own struggles. I love that it is based on a true story, and is brutally honest, relevant to the age of the characters. It deals with real issues girls this age have. Including crushes, love, loosing virginity, pregnancy, and eating disorders. Despite the heavy topics, it is done in a tasteful way that keeps the reader interested but not upset. There are a lot of emotions felt throughout this book, from the characters to the reader. I highly recommend the series and have been thoroughly enjoying it.
Reviewed by @way2gosmartguy
This is the second novel in Gaia B Amman’s, ‘Italian Teens’ series, although a fictionalised series it is based on the authors life and she has written the series so it, “empowers girls and women to be their brave true selves”. The series of books are humorous and insightful novels for young adults which take place in Northern Italy. I felt fully immersed in the beautiful setting thanks to the authors wonderfully detailed descriptions. I also like how she has kept some Italian words in the narrative so as not to loose their meaning, mostly swear words, it does add to the immersive feeling.
It is Italy, in the 1990s, and we catch up with fierce, nerdy, independent Leda who is in high school, and hormones are raging. Leda’s biggest decision is, let lust take over or hold off till marriage. The object of her affections is best friend Nico. However Nico has become a bit of a bully and a player, can Leda trust him as she also battles her own emotions, confidence, guilt, parents, but mainly her desire.
This is an emotional read which is told with humour and honesty. The storyline deals with some sensitive issues, teen sex, eating disorders and teenage insecurities all of which are dealt with honestly and with sensitivity. The main issues for Leda in the story are around having sex for the first time and all the emotions that come with this, again the author writes about this openly and honestly but is also never vulgar. I fell in love with Leda again reading this story and think she is a great main character, thanks to the wonderful narrative I went on a emotional rollercoaster along with Leda as she entered into womanhood. An enjoyable book and also an original and empowering read.
Sex-O-S is the follow up novel to Forget Nico by Gaia B. Amman. It is a great young adult novel of self-discovery set in Italy in the mid to late 1990’s. I had really enjoyed Forget Nico and was really looking forward to see what was in store next for Nico and Leda.
At 15 Leda has finally got Nico as her boyfriend. After being besotted with him for years she’s now finally his girlfriend so everything should be perfect. But it’s not; Nico wants to take their relationship to the next level and Leda’s not ready for that yet and doesn’t think she will be for a long time.
This is a great story of self-discovery as 15 year old Leda wars with herself in her own head. She loves her boyfriend but doesn’t feel ready to have sex yet. This book takes us through Leda’s journey from age 15 to age 18. It’s not just her sexual discovery that this book focusses on but also Leda’s self-image. We are told that Leda is carrying a bit of extra weight (she regards herself as being fat) and she embarks on a mission to shed some of the extra pounds.
I love that this author has taken these two issues: that of sexual awakening and self-image and tackled them in a fantastic way. I absolutely adore Leda’s character and look forward to reading more of her journey as she moves on to college.
Sex O-S by Gaia B. Amman a refreshing four-star read. This is number four in the Italian Saga and also number two in the Italian Teen novels, it could be read as stand-alone, but I have read the whole Italian Saga and would say if you don’t fancy the whole thing, just try the Italian Teens. This is emotional and empowering and will surprise you in so many ways, it picks up after the last story and Leda continues to surprise us with her sense of self, becoming more of a young lady instead of the tomboy we had met previously, much like your typical teenager, but Leda just has that something special. This is deep and its not your typical romantic story, so don’t think its all roses and joy.
Review by @saraoxo
This was a great book about the pressure young girls find themselves under in every aspect of thier lives. Its a story of how peer pressure can affect young people and how that no matter what you need to learn to love yourself and be who you are.
Leda was finally with Nico but things go wrong when he trys to force her to have sex with him. Resulting in him assulting her.
After that nightmare relationship she meets and falls in love with Ange. Ange is different. He is still a virgin too but is prepared to wait till Leda is ready.
Things progress with the couple and they get intimate without protection. But as time goes on Leda realises they have nothing in common. But is it too late.
When her period is late she is left wondering if she is pregnant with Ange’s baby. Is her life over before it begins and will she be stuck with him forever for the sake of a baby.
Having followed Leda through her coming of age I thought this was a great instalment to this series. As expected the book was well written with lots of cultural information about life and growing up in Italy. The authors descriptive writing has always been a huge plus to this series, you can really imagine some of the beautiful Italian scenery that she is describing. Definitely makes you want to visit! I’ve enjoyed reading about Leda’s journey and all of the secondary characters who have added something to that. Leda has changed so much over the stories and I think especially in this latest one, there’s so much going on in her life and lots that I as a reader could relate too, this definitely makes Leda a character you can connect with.
I have really enjoyed this series and highly recommend it.
Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of An Italian Surviving The First Time by Gaia B. Amman is the second book in the Italian Teens, The Italian Saga. This is a brilliant addition to an already amazing series.
This is one of those series that I would recommend you read in order as you follow the same characters and each h book builds in their story.
The author has created such amazing characters in these books. They are the type that really stick with and it feels like you know them, like you are on their journey with them. I also love how relatable the story feels – this could be anyone of us when we were in high school! That level of engagement really deepens the connection I feel with the characters
This has been such an interesting series so far and I am looking forward to seeing what else is to come.
I know the reason I was so excited about this book is because the first was so good. I also felt like I knew Leda and grew up with her. This book did not let me down. I was thrown into that age the second I picked up this book. I remember everything being so “much” and Gaia nailed it. In love, out of love, crushes, how you feel like you should look, how you actually look. This was a great book. ** if you have triggers for aggressive sexual situations please be aware this book has a specific area you may not be comfortable with. ** I’m honestly excited to see what Leda gets herself into next and can’t wait to find out!
An author who was not afraid to discuss what topics are on teen’s mind. Gaia Amman is an amazing author who tackled a topic that most people shy away from. The story moves along and I was turning the pages just as fast to see what was coming.. The story takes place in Italy. Leda is a young adult who is thinking about going all the way with Nico. Nico is the bad boy (who doesn’t fall for the bad boy). This is a hot topic among young adults. I love the way the story talks about young adults and their emotions. I highly recommend this book to young adults and to others just to enjoy the emotions of the young adult and the difficult times that come with that age.
Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, Novel 2, The Italian Saga #4) by Gaia B. Amman is a Young Adult story- and is a real, raw, and honest account of our girl Leda’s “first time”. We’ve followed Leda through the previous books/stories, and have been there every step of the way as she traverses transitioning from childhood and into a young adult. This picks up where book three left off, so even though this story could be read as a standalone if you wanted- I highly recommend reading the previous books too, so you have all the backstory and character information- as that will greatly enhance your enjoyment of this story.
This book is full of angst, drama, emotions, high school life, Italy in the 90’s, culture, peer pressure, family expectations, responsibility, insecurity, sex, humour, banter, antics, and a few shocking scenes. Leda is a great character- a bit of a tomboy, and here her life gets even more complicated than she had expected.
The series is a fictionalized memoir of the author’s younger years, set against the backdrop of Italy in the 1990’s. I have enjoyed this series and following Leda on her “adventure”- although there were times the character/s really frustrated me with what was going on- I have enjoyed the journey.
Thank you, Ms. Amman!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
Sex-O-S is the second novel in the Italian Teens series, part of Gaia B. Amman’s Italian Saga. The saga follows Leda, a young Italian woman, as she grows up.
In Sex-O-S, Leda is in her mid-teens. The boys she’s dating (in particular, the seemingly ever-present Nico) want to have sex. She’s not sure she’s ready. With conflicting advice from her friends, the church, her family and everyone else who seems to want to butt into her love life, Leda struggles to make the right decisions and to trust her judgement.
There are some darker moments in this book, particularly relating to sexual abuse. These are handled sensitively, from the perspective of a young Leda coming to understand why people (especially Nico) behave in the way they do.
I really enjoy all the characters and places that become familiar over the course of the series. Leda’s summer routine, visiting her grandmother, feels particularly nostalgic to me by this stage! The Italian settings are wonderful to get to know, like going on holiday to the same place again and again.
For me, this is a four-star book. I’d recommend it to older teens and young adults – it’s not unlike Adrian Mole but with an Italian girl! I’ve read the books in slightly the wrong order – it’s still perfectly easy to follow the story as Amman reminds us of any important information and backstory as it comes up. That said, once I’m finished I will probably reread them in order!
Sex-O-S; The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga) by Gaia B Amman. This is the continuing story of Leda who we have watched grow up and now she is dealing with romance. She has fallen head over heels for Nico who is a bad boy and a player. They have been friends forever but she wants more than friendship. Lexi is Leda’s best friend and they tolerate each other’s boyfriends just so they can still hang out. They are both wondering if they are ready for the next big step in their relationships or should they wait? This story deals with all the hormones teenagers go thru during the teenage years and the bonds of friendship! Its such a great book!
This is a young adult story that deals with real teen issues. This is a well written story that kept me turning pages to the end. It is a fast paced, engaging story that I read in one sitting. In this book Leda is in love with Nico who is a bad boy. Is she ready to trust him but the question remains that if she isn’t ready will he wait for her? Can she really change him? This author did a great job of depicting real life teenage problems that they face. The characters go through alot and I enjoyed watching them grow throughout the book. They are serious but they bring humor to the story too. I highly recommend this book and this author.
Review by @bjwagner
Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga)
By Gaia B. Amman
5 out of 5 stars
The story Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, novel 2, The Italian Saga) by Gaia B. Amman is a book that I enjoyed reading. It is a story that had me interested right from the start and I found myself not wanting to put it down. It is the story of Leda. It is the 1990’s in Italy. Leda is in high school and like other teenage girls has thoughts about boys and if she should hold off until marriage. Leda has so many thoughts and emotions going on in her head. What does the future hold for her? Read this book to find out. This is a story that had my emotions going up and down with Leda’s. I like Leda and you can’t help but want her to be happy. Teenage years can be very tough and when hormones and emotions are involved life can become complicated. I also enjoyed many of the additional characters that interact with Leda. Some are true friends to her and then others that make me wonder what they are truly about. The story is written in such a way that I felt like I was right there with Leda. Heartbreaking moments, confusion, and honesty are all part of this tale. It is a book I would recommend reading.
- Action Book Tours
- Adventure Book Tours
- African-American Book Tours
- Anthology Book Tours
- Audible Review
- Audible Spotlight Tour
- BBW Book Tours
- Black Literature
- Blog Tour
- Book Spotlight Showcase
- Book Spotlight Showcase Tour
- Bully Book Tours
- Charity Book Tours
- Children Book Tours
- Christian Book Tours
- Clean Book Tours
- Coloring Book Tours
- Comedy Book Tours
- Coming Soon
- Coming Soon Tours
- Contemporary Fiction Book Tours
- Contemporary Romance Book Tours
- Cover Reveal
- Cozy Mystery Book Tours
- Crime Book Tours
- Dark Book Tours
- Dystopian Book Tours
- Educational Book Tours
- Erotic Book Tours
- Fae Book Tours
- Fairy Book Tours
- Fairy Tale Book Tours
- Family Book Tours
- Fantasy Book Tours
- Featured Adventure
- Featured African American
- Featured Bully
- Featured Charity
- Featured Children
- Featured Clean
- Featured Contemporary Romance
- Featured Crime
- Featured Dark
- Featured Fae
- Featured Family
- Featured Fantasy
- Featured Historical
- Featured New Adult
- Featured Paranormal
- Featured Romance
- Featured Science Fiction
- Featured Suspense
- Featured Teen
- Featured Thriller
- Featured Western
- Featured Witch
- Featured Women's Fiction
- Featured Young Adult
- Ghost Book Tours
- Gothic Book Tours
- Historical Book Tours
- Holiday Book Tours
- Horror Book Tours
- Inspirational Book Tours
- Interracial Book Tours
- Itsy Bitsy Book Bits Blog
- Literary Fiction Book Tours
- Mafia Book Tours
- MC Book Tours
- Memoir Book Tours
- Middle Grade Tours
- Military Book Tours
- MM Book Tours
- Motorcycle Club Book Tours
- Multi Racial
- Music Book Tours
- Mystery Book Tours
- Mythology Book Tours
- Native American Book Tours
- New Adult Book Tours
- Non-Fiction Book Tours
- Occult Book Tours
- Paranormal Book Tours
- Poetry Book Tours
- Preorder Blitz
- Preorder Tours
- Release Blitz
- Rockstar Book Tours
- Romance Book Tours
- Sci-Fi Book Tours
- Self-Help Book Tours
- Spirituality Book Tours
- Sport Book Tours
- Supernatural Book Tours
- Suspense Book Tours
- Sweet Romance Book Tours
- Teen Book Tours
- Thriller Book Tours
- Vampire Book Tours
- Werewolf Book Tours
- Western Book Tours
- Witch Book Tours
- Women's Fiction Book Tours
- Young Adult Book Tours