Jul 27, 2012

{Book Tour: Review} of Dante's Girl by Courtney Cole

Dante's GirlDante's Girl by Courtney Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Contemporary
THEME: Romance / Drama
RECEIVED: Received for Kismet Book Tour
AUTHORS BLOG: Courtney Coles Site

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.

Dante’s Girl brought out the sappy and emotional girly side out of me and I absolutely adored this book. This story is like a modern day fairy tale, girl meets boy, boy gets girl out of a bad situation and they fall in love. But there is always something that is keeping them apart. I love these kinds of stories and can read this book over and over again.

Dante’s Girl follow Kansas native Reese as she is boarding a flight to visit her very secretive and workaholic dad in London. She runs straight into the beautiful and god like boy Dante, who later on gets her out of a scary situation. Thus he randomly whisks her away to his home in Caberra where she discovers not only is he charming but he’s the son of the Prime Minister of Caberra. Reese begins to fall for this boy but there are many things that stand in the way of getting closer to him.

Reese is definitely Cinderella, she comes from an average family and is brought into Dante’s bow tie wearing world. I love how she is so down to earth and really just is amazed with her new surroundings. She isn’t perfect and makes some mistakes but in the end she’s just like any girl who is reading this book. I liked how she didn’t become uptight being brought into Dante’s world, she befriends a girl who like her is sweet and adventurous.

Dante is the prince charming and looks like a Greek god, as described in the book. I found him very kind and really accepted everyone, unfortunately he was blind to the fact that people around him were not what they seemed and he couldn’t see the bad in anyone. I loved his connection to Reese, how he felt that she was his new path and wanted to break free from what has been planned for him. The romance between the two was sweet, innocent and felt real.

The best part of the story besides the romance was there is an interesting mystery plot and conspiracy that’s an important side story. The readers go along with Reese as she slowly figures out what is going on and who is behind it.

Overall I really enjoyed this love story, it had romance, mystery and some really great scene between the main characters. My only issue was that at some points I felt Dante really needed to grow up and he also at some points where he was a major snob, but I guess you could say that how he was raised. In the end I felt this was a fun summer read and anyone and everyone would enjoy this. Plus the descriptions about Caberra are absolutely beautiful and it makes you want to visit! I highly recommend this fun romantic young adult novel.

This is a young adult novel with romance and mystery, fans of Stephanie Perkins Anna and the Fench Kiss and Jennifer Echols Such a Rush will love Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole.

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