Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly soon-to-be stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family's trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.
Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

   I fell in love with this book. Cat is a sweet girl that thinks that she has to be perfect. Her mother is a major screw up and diva so everyone thinks that Cat will be too. Cat is determined to show everyone that she is nothing like her mother, so she shows the world a flawless girl instead. This has caused her to not trust in any relationships and have no friends. She has gotten used to her life being just her and her dad. Enter Jenna, her dads fiance. Jenna is a bubbly woman and a party planner. In an effort to get close to Cat she is determined to throw her the best 16th birthday party that anyone has ever seen, with or without Cat's help. 
On a trip to Italy something strange happens and Cat acts on the spur of the moment entering Reyna's tent and finding herself thrown back in time. There is supposed to be a lesson to learn before Cat can go home. She is thrown into a time when women have no say in their own lives with only her backpack of contraband things from the future. Cat finds herself on the doorstep of her many times removed aunt and family. With no paparazzi to hide from and no expectations she is given a chance to make real friends and to find out that when you get to be yourself life is so much sweeter. There she learns the best lesson of all. Which you have to read the book to find out. :)  Cat also finds love in boy that she knows she has to give up and has to ward off the advances of a forced betrothal. 
So all in all, go buy this book. I laughed so hard my sides hurt and cried at part, that I can't tell you about. I also learned that compared to the women back then my life rocks. 
This is a YA so no flames needed. Definitely 5 stars. 
reviewed by Stacy  
eARC received by Netgalley 

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