An Italian Adventure: It will all make (less) sense when you grow up

An Italian Adventure: It will all make (less) sense when you grow up

by Gaia B Amman


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*A humorous coming of age tale of friendship, sisterhood, and family drama set against the gorgeous backdrop of northern Italy*

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996805100
Publisher: Kuki Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2015
Series: Italian Saga , #1
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gaia B Amman was born and raised in Italy. She moved to the United States in her twenties to pursue her Ph.D. in molecular biology. She's currently a Professor of biology at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, where she was voted "the professor of the month" by her students. Her research and commentaries have been published in prestigious peer-reviewed international journals including Nature.

A bookworm from birth, she wrote throughout her childhood and won two short story competitions in Italy in her teens. Gaia is an avid traveler and many of her adventures are an inspiration for her fiction. Mostly she is passionate about people and the struggles they face to embrace life. Her highest hope is to reach and help as many as she can through her writing as well as her teaching. She authored the Italian Saga, an irreverent series of humorous and insightful novels taking place against the gorgeous backdrop of Northern Italy and the sci-fi fantasy "Linked-Will Empathy Save the United Terrestrial Democracy?". The books, light-hearted and funny at first sight, deal with issues like sexuality, divorce, friendship, abuse, first love, and self-discovery.

Among her favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Jandy Nelson, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Antoine de Saint Exupèry.

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An Italian Adventure: It will all make (less) sense when you grow up 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SaraOxo 11 months ago
An Italian Adventure by Gaia B Amman an adventure of a four-star read. This was an enjoyable read and it will entertain you no end, the stories and excitement of the childish fun will keep you captivated. This was so much funnier than I expected, and I really didn’t know what to expect but I enjoyed it so much. It really is worth taking the chance on this novel, I can’t wait to find out more in this saga.
E_A_Walsh 12 months ago
An Italian Adventure (The Italian Saga #1) by Gaia B. Amman was an intriguing engaging tale of, growing up not only in a different culture, for me, but, the growing pains that we all at one point, faced. My first read by this author, I went in with an open mind, and frankly I'm so glad I picked up this book. As the title says this book is set in Italy, and the authors is Italian. I did know the author was Italian before reading this book, and I actually watched her on Youtube reading the first chapter of this book before getting it. You could say her rendition was the driving point home for me picking it up. With that being said, english is not her first language, so yeah there are some sectance issues and what not, but do not take that into account, or let it take away from this wonderful tale. This book covers so much, and since this is based on the author's life growing up, for me I always find it hard to rate someone's life experiences. So as I do when I read memoirs or biographies, I'm not going to get into the characters or the plot. What I am going to tell you is that, this story is as I said, engaging, pulling and has this rhyme to it that you can help but get sucked into. As we get more into the story and the author navigates her tale, we see into another world, another culture so different to ours, but at the same time you can still draw some comparisons. I myself grew up in an all catholic town, so yeah, I don't believe I need to say anymore. This book will open your eyes to things no movie or TV show can ever describe. Overall I loved every minute of this book, and I can't wait to dive into the next one. This book I believe, is a must read, for everyone, but I will say that this book is attended for older youths and adults. Even though the characters are young, this isn't a children's or young readers book. So to end, yes, I give this book my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval. Happy Reading. -E.A. Walsh
Holly More than 1 year ago
An Italian Adventure is the first book in the Italian Saga Series! It's late 1980's in Italy and Leda is a tomboy on the verge of everything changing forever. With a new boy moving in from Sicily who is named Nico, their unlikely friendship with adventures that will leave them transformed. As Leda deals with family issues that changes her, it leaves us for what is to come for a young girl who is on the brink of some major life changes ahead. This book was so easy to get into and fall in love with the characters with their crazy adventures. My only problem with this book is that it has the Italian words included and would have loved to see a glossary to understand what they say. Overall, this was a good book with a story-line that I loved and I can't wait to see what crazy things Leda and her gang of friends get into next!! Thank You to Gaia B. Amman for writing a pretty good start to what seems to be a great series!! I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for a honest review.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Set in the small town of Arese, in northern Italy, from 1987 to 1989, "An Italian Adventure" tells the story of tomboy Leda (better known as Lee) in her final years of elementary school. Lee will do anything to please her father; she even wants to be a boy because her father wanted a son. Struggling with her identity as a female, Lee hangs around in gangs with boys. She also struggles with bullying by her schoolmates and her older sister Viola. These are the adventures of a group of friends, everyday incidents spun into amusing anecdotes and interspersed with Lee's poignant prayers. It recounts the innocent pleasures of riding a bike with friends, playing pranks on teachers, and summer holidays with the family; but it also conveys the angst of dealing with best friends, school, family problems, the neighbors from hell, and first love. "An Italian Adventure" gives us an interesting look at Italian culture: drinking at sixteen, incessant smoking by women, mothers giving up work to raise the children, school on Saturdays, formal Sunday family lunches, and the ever-present Nutella. There are also some fun references to the movies, music, television, books, and video games of the 1980s. However, this is also a time filled with Catholic guilt; when First Communion, confession, Confirmation, and attending church every Sunday are standard practice, and where talking about sex is taboo. Lee tells her story as a reminiscence, allowing the author to use vocabulary that is too advanced for the narrator's age (some of the words I had never even heard before). The author also writes some beautiful lines and descriptive passages. Being told from a position of hindsight, the narrative is full of foreshadowing, keeping the reader interested from chapter to chapter. The writing does contains some errors, especially in sentence construction and misuse of prepositions, indicating that English is not the author's first language. However, rather than detracting from the writing, this quirk lends charm and authenticity to the tale. The book ends with a lot of unanswered questions, especially in relation to Lee's family members. I don't know if they will be answered in the next installment or if, like Lee, we aren't meant to know. After all, kids are often not privy to the goings-on of the adults in their lives. Includes discussion questions at the end. Absolutely delightful. I can't wait to read the next one. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: