Book of the Week

If Only books








wishyouwere italian






Bloomsbury Press




If Only books are true-blue middle grade contemporary romances – or, in modern terms, ultra appealing chick-reads for teenage girls. Readers are taken to a non-typical place for the summer with a typical but rather saucy teenager who decides it is time to exert her independence. The emotional ups and downs of boy-girl drama combine for exciting twists and turns along the road to Mr. Right and happily ever after.

In Wish You Were Italian, readers travel with Pippa to Italy for the summer where she finagles herself out of an art course that her mother prepaid for so she can tour and experience the country as an amateur photographer. To combat loneliness, she makes a list of goals for the summer. Her final one is to fall in love with an Italian. Acquiring new friends, learning new culture, and working in different venues, Pippa has a dream summer learning important lessons about life and love until she receives dreadful news about her grandmother and must return home early. Was her time there enough for her budding relationship to blossom into something permanent?

Fool Me Twice takes place in Washington State at a former dude ranch turned luxury spa. Her second summer there, Mackenzie is determined to enjoy working with the horses but not let Landon reinjure last summer’s broken heart. But, when Landon’s concussion causes him to forget that he had dumped her for another girl, it is the perfect opportunity for her to get revenge. However, while playfully trying to keep playing him for the fool, Mackenzie comes to know the real Landon who is even more irresistible than last summer. Will doing the right thing ruin her chances with him forever?

Filled with healthy relationships and resolutions, this clean romance series safely indulges the longing for enduring love. The titles are recommended for ages 12 years and up.

Kristi Halberg
Education Resource Center
University of Delaware