Italian Adventure by Gaia B. Amman


Published on November 1,2015 by Kuki Publishing

Genre: YA, Coming of Age

Rating: ★★★★



A humorous coming of age tale of friendship, sisterhood, and family drama set against the gorgeous backdrop of northern Italy.
Recommended for fans of Jandy Nelson, John Green, Neil Gaiman and Sherman Alexie

Italy, the late 80s. Leda is a bookish tomboy whose life is turned upside down by shady Nico, who just moved north from Sicily. Their unlikely friendship will evolve through a whirlwind of adventures leaving both kids transformed. Ultimately, Leda will discover that adults aren’t always right, marking the end of childhood and the beginning of everything else.

Recommended for ages 13 and above. Some swearwords, mostly in Italian.

The book is the first in a series following the same characters throughout their life.


*Source: I would like to thank Kuki Publishing for sending the copy. This will not affect my reviews.”

sometimes things change even if we don’t want to.

A nostalgic feeling came across while reading this book because of the protagonist – Leda’s age, a ten-year-old bookish tomboy. Reminiscing all my childhood memories every time that there is a scene that reflects on my life too, actually, I think that it is how you really feel when you’re getting old and reading this kind of book. In fact, this story is a coming of age and thought-provoking perfect for young readers out there.


The story is set in Italy and follows the journey of  Leda, a bookish tomboy. She doesn’t want to perceive her as a girl and all of her best friends are boys, well she has two sets of group – one is when the school starts and second is when it is a summer break. Leda is naive, sometimes funny, and adventurous. Don’t underestimate Leda because she’s a tough girl and a perfect figure for being a leader.

What I like in this book are:

  1. I haven’t read books that set in Italy and I learned about the Italian culture. So yeah, I travel around Italy because of this book.
  2. Leda’s gang is so funny and they always go on their crazy adventures.
  3. It also tackles about family drama and
  4. On surviving your own struggles and to learn from them.
  5.  She prays and respect God.

However, sometimes I don’t understand every time Leda is talking to her parents and/or relatives. It’s because of their language and only Italian can understand and her sister – Viola pissed me off because of her attitude towards her sister and it is actually once in a blue moon for her to be treated Leda good. Poor Leda.

I recommend this book for young readers out there. Teachers, Librarians, and Parents should pick this up for the young people because it tackles a lot – from being yourself, friends, family, and even society.


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