Paloma High School will never be the same again. Rumors have it that there was a student-teacher affair at their school. One Monday morning the principal confirms those rumors but who is it? Is it the drama queen or the school slut? Maybe it’s even the one girl who would actually get into Harvard to leave small-town Kansas? The main relationship they focus on is the small family of Kat and her sister Olivia who have really grown apart after their mother left them with their distant father. They look for ways to finally connect with each other again no matter how different their lives have gotten.
This story is told in seven perspectives each with I would say, a main sin. Though I only could figure out a couple of them. These seven perspectives are important because each person is somehow connected to another. I would really recommend this book to those who really like character development and really like LGBTQ+ characters that have their own problems too. I did skip some parts because you find out who the affair is about a hundred or more pages before the end and those hundred pages or so are dedicated to tying up all the other characters who I thought were not as important as the main three or four people.
Tiffany rates this book 4/5
“The view of Florence was just as stunning as my mother had described it, a sea of red rooftops under an unblemished blue sky and soft green hills circling everything like a big, happy hug.” Love & Gelato is a sweet story about Lina, who is sent to Italy after her mother dies in order to live with her father. However, Lina has no desire to spend time with a father that she knows nothing about. All she wants to do is to go back home. But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly, Lina is thrust into a world of mystery, romance, art, and hidden bakeries (YUM). Together with the charming Ren, Lina must follow in her mother’s footsteps to uncover a secret that will change everything she knew about her mom, her dad, and herself.
Love & Gelato was such a wonderful read! I loved the touristy descriptions of Italy. (After reading this novel, I added Italy to the list of places that I need to visit.) I also really liked the high amounts of lighthearted humor within the novel. The book is not entirely a gentle read (it has its sad and heavy moments), but the hilarious characters subdued some of the harshness. While reading Love & Gelato, I was practically drooling over the beautiful descriptions of the food. Yeah, there is a lot of food, which is not surprising given the cute cover design. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction and traveling.
Cassandra rates this book 5/5