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Love & Olives

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen reconnects with dad in sweet but long coming-of-ager.

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Author Jenna Evans Welch's talent for vivid descriptions of gorgeous locations steals the show in this otherwise sweet but predictable, and a bit too long, coming-of-age romance. The tone in Love & Olives is fairly light and breezy, which helps keep things going despite some flaws in the plot and characters, but also makes the ending never in doubt. Liv is a frustrating character for much of the story. She's pretty self absorbed and too sure she's right about everything, and at times it feels like it's just taking too long for her to start learning and changing.

That being said, the budding romance with Theo is pretty sigh worthy, and the box of mementos adds interest and dimension to passages where Liv revisits the past. Romance fans will enjoy it, and the ending satisfies. There's very little content of concern, but at over 500 pages it's best for strongly independent readers who can handle the theme of parental abandonment. And don't be surprised if Santorini gets added to your list of dream vacation destinations.

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