Reviews for Love & luck

Horn Book
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Sixteen-year-old Addie (Lina's best friend from Love & Gelato) has been crushed by a romance gone wrong, and her older brother Ian's acting like Addie's problems are ruining his life. The siblings, with cute Irish guy Rowan, unexpectedly wind up touring Ireland after their aunt's destination wedding. Excerpts from the self-help/sightseeing guidebook Addie uses are interspersed throughout this entertaining if standard-issue journey of self-discovery. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When an ill-advised romance threatens Addie's friendship with her brother, Ian, it takes an Irish road trip to mend their relationshipalong with Addie's broken heart.Out of her three older brothers, Addie has always been closest to Ianuntil she dates Cubby, Ian's football teammate, despite Ian's warnings. When her family travels to Ireland for a wedding, Addie plans a side trip to Italy, intent on visiting her best friend (who moved to live with her father in Florence) and fixing her life. But a fistfight, an alternative music festival, and a guidebook for the brokenhearted derail Addie's Italian plansand, ultimately, give her what she needs to get her life back on track. A quick-tempered athlete who is a whiz at fixing cars but struggles with school, Addie is a welcome departure from the bookish, quirky characters who are so often the heroines of teen romances. Furthermore, Welch (Love Gelato, 2016) describes Cubby's violation of Addie's trust realistically and sympathetically, deftly addressing the very real issues surrounding love in the digital age. The only weakness of this fast-paced, witty read is its lack of diversity: The characters are uniformly white, straight, middle-class, and nondisabled.A skillfully rendered exploration of heartbreak, friendship, family, and destinyand a quick and enjoyable read. (Romance. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.