Summary from GoodReads:
When cartoonist Jane Harris’s best friend Holly, New York Journal art director, announces that she’s eloping to Italy with longtime doctor boyfriend Mark, and asks Jane to come along as her witness, Jane jumps at the chance, delighted by the prospect of her first ever trip to Europe.
What Jane doesn’t gamble on is Mark’s witness, New York Journal foreign affairs correspondent Cal Langdon. It’s hate at first sight for Jane and Cal, and neither is too happy at the prospect of sharing a villa with one another for a week -not even in the beautiful and picturesque Le Marche countryside.
But when Holly and Mark’s wedding plans hit a major snag that only Jane and Cal can repair, the two find themselves having to put aside their mutual dislike for one another in order to get their best friends on the road to wedded bliss, and end up on a road themselves . . . one neither of them ever expected….
Oh my gosh, I loved this book so much! Okay, so obviously I love Meg Cabot’s books. I never thought I wouldn’t like this book going into it, but man, I think it might be my favorite Cabot book! Every Boy’s Got One had this wonderful Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’s Diary feel, but is still it’s own book and story!
This book is hilarious! I was laughing out loud from the first few pages, and couldn’t stop. Oh and the whole scene about the toilet in Amici Amore . . . oh my gosh, I almost spit out my drink I was laughing so hard. Actually, I’m laughing right now just thinking about that!
This story, along with the other two Boy books by Cabot, is told in emails, texts, personal diaries, etc. I don’t necessarily love this way of telling a story. Often I feel like there are parts of the story that we, as readers, don’t get to hear (err. . . read?) because everything is told in emails, etc., after the event happened. That being said, it was not the case with this book. I felt like I was able to get all the information I wanted. And this type of storytelling really allowed me to connect with the characters.
I fell in love with Jane almost immediately! I want a friend like her. I mean, she is just so sweet, and loyal to her best friend, Holly. And is she funny! I love that she named her cat “The Dude.” That is just awesome.
I must say that it took me a little bit to fall in love with Cal. I mean, he was so funny, and I don’t think I ever disliked him, but he was a bit pompous a lot of the time (see – Mr. Darcy, right?). But I did eventually fall for him (again, Mr. Darcy!).
The secondary characters were fabulous, too! Oh and Frau Schumacher and her previous occupation. Wow! Holly and Mark were fantastic additions to the story. And Peter – hehe, so cute! Wundercat Lives – 4eva! (once you read the book you will understand that reference).
Jane and Cal’s relationship really reminded me of Lizzie and Mr. Darcy’s relationship from Pride and Prejudice. The whole bad first impressions, and judging people and stuff. And how can you go wrong with that?
This probably isn’t the best review for someone who hasn’t read this book, but I am having a difficult time putting into words, how much I adored this book. Seriously, if you haven’t read this, do so right away! It is so fantastic! And if you have, I would love to hear you thoughts in the comments.
- I had an exhausting day yesterday. I had to be at work an hour earlier that normal for a staff meeting. In the afternoon the library had a family field trip to the zoo. It was a fun time, but I was stressed about everything going smoothly. But everything worked out.
- At the zoo, I was able to see the snow leopard cubs that were born on June 14th. They were extremely adorable. I knew they would be cute, but when I actually saw them, well, they were even more adorable. I tried to get a good picture, but wasn’t able to.
- Immediately after work, I went home, took care of my dogs, then went to dinner with my mom.
- Then, I went to see Singing in the Rain at the movies. This is my all time favorite movie, and to see it on the big screen was a real treat. Everything about this movie is perfect, except the lack of diversity (a sign of the times, unfortunately). Jean Hagan as Lina Lamont really makes this movie work. Does anyone else love Singing in the Rain?
- I’m so excited for the weekend. Working every other Saturday really makes one appreciate having a whole weekend off.
- I’m SUPER excited about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie! I keep stalking TMISource for set photos. Kind of obsessed. Hope I’m not too old to be doing that.