Parents' Guide to

The Year of Luminous Love

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Steamy beach read with serious issues, including cancer.

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The Year of Luminous Love is a great summer beach book, full of plenty of drama, steamy situations, and some over-the-top lines, such as these in a speech Jon gives Ciana: "I ride the rodeo, Ciana. I go from one town to the next with my horse and saddle. Sometimes I have to buy a newspaper to remember where I am."

Readers who love the romance genre and aren't troubled by the occasional clunky sentence will find plenty to swoon over -- the girls' trip to Italy includes both a cute backpacking boy and a dashing vineyard owner who arrives at their rented Tuscan home in a Ferrari. Don't come looking for realism, literature, or too many plot surprises. But this story has a good heart, as the friends go out of their way to support each other, even when it means sacrificing something of their own.

Book Details

  • Author: Lurlene McDaniel
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publication date: May 14, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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