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Italy, the late 80s. Leda is a bookish ten-year-old tomboy. Her life turns upside down when shady Nico moves to the North from Sicily. Determined not to let the bully ruin her life, Leda is dragged through a tornado of adventures that will transform both kids in the face of first crushes, weird adults, and family drama. This humorous and insightful coming of age tale will show you the Italy you never imagined, an exhilarating mix of sensuality, religion and superstition set against the gorgeous backdrop of the serene countryside, the Alps, and the enchanting Island of Sardinia.
The first book of four, An Italian Adventure takes you on a journey with a young girl who has a childlike whimsy but questions situations in her life. Leda just wants to hang out with the boys and be one of them. She has no desire to be a princess or possess girl qualities. Throughout the story, Leda has many self-realizations that life isn't always as she imagines and it's full of changes. She's afraid to grow up, and has all sorts of thoughts when she thinks she's supposed to like a boy and when she actually likes a different boy.
Leda also has an older sister, Violet, who shows a lot of angst and dismay. I related more with Violet and her feelings as an older teen than I did with Leda. There's some situations that made me go back and think whether I felt that same way as a youngster. During the age of 10 I didn't really think about boy-girl relationships and some of Leda's thoughts didn't resonate with how I felt when I was her age. With Violet, though, I could see a lot of me in her.
I enjoyed reading this book and have already started on the second. I enjoy reading about Leda's adventures, life affairs, and her relationships regarding school, boys, and adults. The story, written by Gaia B. Amman, is engaging and relatable.