Italy, the late 80s. Leda is a bookish ten-year-old tomboy. Her life turns upside down when shady Nico moves to the North from Sicily.Determined not to let the bully ruin her life, Leda is dragged through a tornado of adventures that will transform both kids in the face of first crushes, weird adults, and family drama. This humorous and insightful coming of age tale will show you the Italy you never imagined, an exhilarating mix of sensuality, religion and superstition set against the gorgeous backdrop of the serene countryside, the Alps, and the enchanting Island of Sardinia.
“The only joy greater than making an incredible discovery is to share it with your best friend.”
ITALY, 1990. LEDA is a bookworm and a tomboy. As her world splits into girls and boys, she can't seem to fit anywhere. On the background of the 14th FIFA soccer world cup, Leda embarks on a new series of adventures dealing with hormones, periods, zesty boys and her own fears in what will be the best summer of her life. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Sardinia, the Dolomites, and Tuscany, this humorous yet insightful journey through first love, friendship, and first kisses will leave you breathless, marveling at the customs of a country most people think they know.
Italy, the 90s. When Alex takes an interest in bookish tomboy Leda, the young teen finds herself torn between her handsome suitor and her long-term feelings for childhood friend Nico, who’s dark, unreliable, and utterly ignores her. Leda finds her way through puberty, navigating her parents’ separation, starting high school, and pursuing her dream to win the Italian junior volleyball championship. As always, Amman’s unique mix of humor and empathy makes it impossible to stop reading, as she skillfully intertwines the stories of many teens struggling with loneliness, angst and, of course love. Her vivid descriptions of Cinque Terre, Sardinia, and the Alps can only add to the irresistible charm of this intriguing romance.