Twelve-year-old Skyler is in for a summer of adventure in Venice, Italy, as she pursues a dream opportunity in this hilarious MIX novel that’s a companion to The BFF Bucket List.
Skyler is about to go on the biggest adventure of her life. Her mother has been relocated to Venice, Italy, and there is the possibility it could be a permanent move. While there, Skyler will be blogging and writing about the city as part of an informal internship that could lead to bigger things for her if all goes well.
One of her fellow interns, Logan is cool, cute, and Australian. But the other intern, Zara, isn’t quite as nice, and seems determined to sabotage all of Skyler’s suggestions. And with a big assignment coming up, Skyler is stumped as to what to write about.
Skyler wishes she has someone to talk to, but the first person who comes to mind isn’t even on the same continent: her BFF, Ella. Skyler knows that Ella would probably have to solution to a lot of her problems, especially the writer’s block, but they didn’t leave on the best of terms after a bucket list went a little awry. Thanks to technology, Skyler and Ella slowly begin to talk like old times.
But when one of Skyler’s blog posts gets replaced with one she never intended anyone to see, she isn’t sure if she can ever belong anywhere. With the help of some Italian magic and her oldest friend, can Skyler learn to love her new city?
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 13 Years|
About the Author
Dee Romito lives in her hometown of Buffalo, New York, where she and her family are steadily checking items off their own bucket list of adventures. You’re likely to find her at the local ice cream shop, writing at a café, or curled up on the couch with her cats. And while she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of her all-time favorite things. To join the fun and create your own bucket list, visit TheBFFBucketList.com.
Read an Excerpt
Postcards from Venice
I can’t wait one more second to see the Floating City in real life.
Rushing past my mom, I push open the glass door of the train station.
The pavement and roof make a frame outside the terminal, surrounding a beautiful panoramic shot of Venice. It’s like I’ve stepped right into a painting.
People are everywhere. They’re sitting and standing and pulling suitcases. They’re taking photos and selfies and talking on cell phones. They’re speaking in a million different languages.
I run down the steps and don’t stop until I reach the Grand Canal. Mom finally catches up.
We stand still, not saying a thing. I have no words for what’s in front of me.
I’m really here.
There’s a stone building with a big green dome taking over the scenery and a big bridge to my left that crosses over the canal. I wonder what’s on the other side, behind all the buildings.
Boats of different sizes go by one after another, leaving small waves behind them.
I’ve spent six incredible days touring Italy with my mom before she starts her new job. And now for the rest of August, we’ll be living across the lagoon from Venice while she works.
“We don’t have a whole lot of time, Skyler,” says Mom. “I do need to get to the office at some point today.”
Mom wanted to stay at our new apartment on the mainland and then swing by the office, but not me. No way. I convinced her to take the quick train ride into Venice for some sightseeing first. I’ve been waiting my whole life to experience this place.
“Can’t you start work tomorrow?” I ask. I don’t mean it, of course. Six days is already way more than Mom has ever taken off work.
She takes out her phone. “I’m sorry, Skyler, but they’re expecting me at the office in a bit. We can come into Venice every day for the next four weeks if we want.”
I’m not surprised she’s dangling this amazing city in front of me only to get started working. I guess I shouldn’t expect things to be different right off the bat.
Mom taps her phone screen a few times. “And if this trial period with the company goes well, we can come into Venice every day for the next year.”
She’s right, of course. “Okay, but that bridge is totally calling my name right now,” I say. “Plus, Dad’s stuck back home while we’re here having this grand adventure. I have to send him some pics. So, we can explore a little, right?”
Mom looks at her phone again, but when I give her my puppy dog eyes, she slips it back in her purse.
The first step on the bridge is magical, like I’m entering a new world. Not quite the wardrobe to Narnia or the train to Hogwarts, but close. Seriously close.
I’ve dreamed of going to Venice since I was a little girl. And here I am, standing in the middle of a bridge, looking out over the Grand Canal. Officially in Venice.
“That’s a pretty big smile on your face,” says Mom. “What do you think?”
I smile even bigger . . . if that’s possible. “I love it already,” I say. “Like, one million percent love it.”
Mom and I stand here, taking it all in.
I’d have to say that my favorite thing so far had been watching the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence. You can see the whole city from up there.
But this place instantly takes over the number one spot.
“So, what are the chances we’ll actually stay for the year?” It’s the same question I’ve asked every day since we got here. The more I see of Italy, the more I don’t want to leave it.
“Same as yesterday, honey,” says Mom. “We’ll know more once I start working.”
It won’t be all fun and gelato, though, since she insists I be productive and “learn a little something” while we’re here.
I’m distracted from the conversation when a beautiful gondola appears from under the bridge.
“For the record,” I say, “I really think it would be in our best interest to stay.”
Mom laughs. When her phone goes off with a text notification and she doesn’t grab for it, I wonder if she’s actually stopping to enjoy the moment.
“Also for the record,” she says, “I think it would be in our best interest to find a café that sells pastries.”
And I thought this day couldn’t possibly get any better.
I grab Mom’s hand and pull her across the bridge.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
POSTCARDS is a follow up to BFF BUCKET LIST, but can be read on its own. I read it out loud to my twelve-year-old son, and we enjoyed the different characters and the adventures they have in Italy. The idea of trying to figure out who you are and what you're good at is really captured in this book. It is a fun, light read, but it also touches on the challenge of navigating tween friendships and parent/child relationships.
I was so excited to see Skyler and Ella, friends from The BFF Bucket List, back in this travel adventure. Skyler has the opportunity of a lifetime to live in Venice with her mom, who has taken a temporary work assignment that could become more permanent. I loved getting to experience the sights and sounds (and food) of Italy through Skyler's eyes and follow along as she discovered what her true talents were. I especially loved the special relationship between Skyler and her mom. It was one of my favorite parts of the book!
Postcards From Venice: Review By: Novalee Andree (10 years old) Postcards From Venice is another novel that I loved by Dee Romito. The story’s main focus was a girl named Skyler, who is in Venice, Italy, for the summer with her mother. Skyler has taken up a writing internship where her mom is working, and she is shooting to get the school year internship as well. As the story goes along, she realizes that writing may not be as easy as she thought. Between a boy she may like, a frenemy, learning Italian, and trying to write the best she can, she is having some difficulty doing it all at once. One of the reasons I liked this story so much is because of the way it shows that if you are passionate about something, you should keep going. Never give up. Skyler had made mistakes, and at times, she felt as though she couldn't do it, yet she persevered, and began to realize who she was as a writer. As she wrote interviews and experiences of hers, such as her very first post, she began to realize the work she had to put into it and how she could knock her reader off their feet. Another reason I liked the book is because of the details. Every little thing had a reason, every little thing had a story, and it all feels so real! I felt as though I was there, with Skyler, and I feel like many can relate to her and what she is going through. For example, when the story first started, the way Skyler described Venice was incredible. She described how large, interesting, and all of the good smells that there were. All the small things are what part made this story great, and I enjoyed reading it very much. It is a great novel in every way, especially if you like to write. I think that writers may love this especially because it shows that if you make mistakes, you will be able to fix them. Skyler made a lot of writing errors in the beginning, but as she began to revise, she sort of got her writing spirit back. This can show young writers to persevere. To sum it all up, Postcards From Venice is a wonderful book in many ways. It has interesting details, it shows how to follow your passion, and it shows how to persevere. It's fun and funny. I hope that you read this inspirational book.
What a sweet book! I felt like I was in Venice (Venice, Italy, ahem!) alongside Skyler for the summer vacation of a lifetime. I loved following along with her adventures in social media and learning about writing. A lot of young readers who haven't yet found their "thing" will relate to that aspect of her character. Kids who enjoyed THE BFF BUCKET LIST are sure to enjoy this sequel, but it can also easily be read as a standalone story.