I love Adriana Trigiani. Her books are consistently good (I've read seven of her novels so far). I have yet to read one of her novels that I haven't really liked. Unlike Lucia, Lucia and Queen of the Big Time, Very Valentine is set in present day New York. We follow Valentine through a year of her life. Like most of her other work, Valentine is "finding herself." She falls in love, travels to Italy, and has very funny interactions with her family members along the way. Also similar to her other work, there is a lot of emphasis on food in Very Valentine. Reading an Adriana Trigiani book makes me hungry for Italian food!
Another thing I really like about Trigiani is her colorful cast of supporting characters. They often supply the humor in her books, and I laughed out loud several times while reading Very Valentine. I love a book that is emotionally moving but also makes me laugh!
Just One Gripe:
The plot felt a little slow-moving at times.
The Best Thing About This Book:
I love the writing. It is descriptive, clever, and insightful without being too heavy.
Appropriate for a younger audience: