Cover Reveal! Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

The author/blogger community is pretty close here in Houston and I am always bragging about how many fantastic authors we have here in the Great State of Texas.  Today, I am so happy to reveal the cover of WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN by the lovely Texas author, Kristin Rae!

WishYouWereItalianHere’s a little bit about the book!

Wish You Were Italian
Author: Kristin Rae
Category: Young Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 5-6-14
Pippa always wanted to go to Italy, but not by herself. And not to sit in a classroom the summer before senior year learning about paintings by dead guys. Tempted by the romance of Rome and the chance to photograph ancient ruins, Pippa ditches the program and sets her own list of goals—get my picture taken at the Colosseum; get a makeover; fall in love with an Italian.  She befriends a local girl whose gorgeous cousin may be just the Italian Pippa’s looking for, but the road to amore gets detoured when she keeps running into a cute American student. And she can’t forget that her summer abroad is only temporary. As she explores the famous cities of Rome and Pompeii, Pippa must sort out her feelings before her parents figure out where she really is.










Isn’t it fantastic?!  Kristin has always been enamored with Italy, so I wasn’t at all surprised when she took that love and turned into into a fabulous YA contemporary.  She even gave me some insight into one of Italy’s best-known exports – gelato!

gelato web krae


Gelato plays a big part in Pippa’s story, but I won’t give anything away! There’s really nothing quite like authentic Italian gelato. It was actually hard for me to eat ice cream once we came back home after our trip to Italy. I think it’s the texture and unique flavors that sets it apart. My favorites were mint and stracciatella, though, like Pippa does, I had to at least TASTE the pistachio! I don’t know how they get a nut to taste good as ice cream, but they do!


Thanks, Kristin!

kraeKristin Rae was born and raised in Texas though her accent would suggest otherwise. She’s addicted to books, music, movies, crafty things, and chocolate. A former figure skating coach, LEGO merchandiser, and photographer, she’s now happy to create stories while pretending to ignore the carton of gelato in the freezer. Kristin lives in Houston with her husband and their two boxers.


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9 responses to “Cover Reveal! Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

  1. This book sounds fantastic! My husband and I visited Italy on our honeymoon and I can totally vouch for the gelato. It is amazing! We had gelato every day (admittedly sometimes more than once in a day!) while we were in Italy!!!

  2. What a lovely cover! I am also obsessed with all things Italian, so I’m sure this is going to be a fun read for me. And I think I love gelato most of all, stracciatella most of all. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This book sounds so cute! Rome is the one place I am determined to go to before I die. I love the ancient architecture and would do just about anything to get to spend a week or so there taking pictures and sightseeing. The cover will really appeal to the YA audience, for sure.

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