Dante's Girl by Courtney Cole

I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London. Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring. 
Until this year. 

And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things:

1. I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes. 
2. If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac.
3. I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish.
4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise. 
5. See number four above. Because it brings with it a whole slew of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them.

Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine. He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis. I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots. See the difference? 

But hearts don’t care about differences. Hearts want what they want. And mine just wants to be Dante’s girl. 

My heart just might be crazy.

This might just be my new favourite book in the ya contemporary genre.
It is not so superficially written as the synopsis above would have you believe. 
It is a sweet, fluffy love story about a girl who falls in love with a modern prince. It has the best from the clean romance section and the best of contemporary fiction. 

Bothe Reece and Dante are characters that grow on the reader. They are perfectly likeable, realistic teens to begin with, but they also change a lot during the course of the story. They mature, they become stronger, they grow up. They take control of their lives, each in a different way, and they make their choices, through sometimes painful and dangerous circumstances. 
I liked them both as characters immensely, they are both strong-willed people, but not in an irritating way. They just know their own mind, but let me tell you, that makes for a very interesting relationship.

Sometimes, these contemporary romance ya books suffer from an almost complete lack of plot (i.e. the ridiculously famous Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door). That is not the case with this book. There is a plot and a mystery, of sorts, and although it is nothing heart-stopping, it does wonders for moving the story along and making this book, on top of everything else, a page-turner also. 

I adored this book. 
It has summer, it has travel, it has adventure.
And, of course, growing up. Even if you are done growing up, if you are like me, you will love reading about these two people coming of age in style.

Rating: 5/5

I read this via NetGalley.

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