Review: Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole

 Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole
ebook, 356 pages
Published: June 24th, 2012 
Source: Purchased
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.

When I was a teenager I spent a lot of time daydreaming.  Laying around in my room dreaming up unlikely but droolworthy scenerios.  Ones just like this book actually…  Wouldn’t we all love that?  Go on a trip and somehow end up on a Mediterranean paradise with some seriously hot guy who just happens to basically be the Prince? So, I wish this book had been around when I was a teen because it would have added a bit more variety to those daydreams of mine…

Reece was such a fun character!  She had a strong voice and a strong personality.  She was afraid of making a fool of herself, but yet she never really held back what she was thinking.  She wasn’t shy and she was a lot of fun.  She had conversations in her head that really gave me the giggles.  While at first I liked this and felt like it was just a quirk of her personality, I did find that it started to get a tiny bit annoying.  Just her little sayings she had to herself.  It wasn’t anything that bothered me too much though.

Dante was pretty awesome.  He was a gentleman, but still let down his guard occasionally and we could catch him saying something with a little innuendo, which was almost shocking since he was so polite.  He was terrified of letting down his father though and this made him a bit stiff and reserved.  As the book continues on and Reece encourages him to feel what he feels and not try to do everything to please his father he starts to let down his guard and come out a bit more with his true feelings.  I really liked him a lot, but I kind of think maybe he was a bit too perfect.  Again, not a big deal, but something that crossed my mind.

The romance between the two was sweet.  A lot of people have said it happened too fast and I have mixed feelings.  First of all, they had a few days together and some intense moments and they kind of ignored their feelings.  Reece pushed them aside because she didn’t feel she was good enough, and Dante because things were ‘complicated’.  But once they came out and realized they liked each other their relationship progressed quickly.  I didn’t mind the initial stuff.  Attraction is one thing, kissing and really liking each other is perfectly natural.  But then towards the end of the book you see that they are in love and that felt maybe a bit fast.  I think I needed more ‘moments’ between them.  However, I do think that it’s possible.  I think that there is maybe such a thing as love at first sight, but fortunately these two get a summer together (or a big chunk of one) to have their feeling toward each other grow and I think it was enough time for it to happen. 

There was a side plot with some stuff and I think it added a lot to the story.  It added some additional mystery and tension and had me wondering what was going on.  I kind of had it figured out pretty quickly, but it was still something that added to the story.

This might be an improbable thing to happen, but we all like to dream, and there’s nothing wrong with dreaming big!  It was a fun read with some very heartfelt moments and I found myself enjoying it all the way through.  And I was afraid for the end to come because I was just sure it wouldn’t satisfy me, but I wrong!  It was completely satisfying!  Now I’m excited to read the next book, which is a companion called Mia’s Heart.

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  1. Oh, that’s definitely a teen fantasy (a big girl fantasy, too! But I bet my prince has more muscles and flatter abs than this one…). This story sounds adorable — I think I might have to indulge.

  2. “I think I needed more ‘moments’ between them.”

    That is EXACTLY how I feel so often in YA books Candace! You stated it perfectly:) I don’t mind if there’s an instant attraction, that I can absolutely believe, but I like there to be plenty of “moments” – moments of tension, moments of heat, moments of just getting to know one another before the word “love” is tossed about. Aside from that though, this sounds so, so cute:)

  3. I adored this book! I wish it had been around when I was a teen, too. I was such a daydreamer! I just received book two over the weekend and am so excited to read it. I adored Mia.
    Im glad you enjoyed this. I think it’s nice to have a fun escape. Great review, Candace!

  4. This sounds adorable and I can totally understand what you mean about enjoying it much more as a teen than an adult. The story still sounds adorable and would be great for a light, summer read.

  5. I bought this when it first came out because it just looked so cute. I have heard so many mixed reviews on it that I am still not sure when I am going to pick it up but I think after reading yours I will give it a try.

    I am glad that you enjoyed it even if it was a little lover the top sometimes.

  6. Ah, this book actually sounds REALLY good! Now I want to get it. Alas, if only my e-reader wasn’t broken. I’d totally be all over this one. It sounds like one of my daydreams as well! I hope I can read Reece’s story soon. Wonderful review, Candace!

  7. Aww, this sounds so cute! I’ve seen so many great reviews for this one, so I simply have to check it out. I’m glad that there was more than just fluff to this one and every so often, a cute read is just what I need. Great review, Candace! 😀

  8. I have really wanted to read this one. I’ve heard so much good about it. I love what you said about the insta-love thing. Teenagers are expected to act like that, but being in actual love is a whole different ball game. Great review!

  9. I love your review — I thought this was such a sweet book, too — Reece is one of my favorite characters! I know Mia’s Heart is out now and will have to read that, too!

    I agree that it may improbable but it was definitely fun to dream!

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