While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, 17-year-old Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.
The Guest Post
The Top Ten Things I Love About Italy
By Lucy Sommersworth
10. Train stations. They make my heart beat a little bit faster. I especially love the departure signs lit up with the names of exotic cities. They make me want to pick a destination at random—Venice or Milan or Naples, basically any place I’ve never been before—and just jump on, trusting that some kind of wonderful adventure will be waiting for me when I hop off. I would do it too except for the fact that Charlene, the friend I’m traveling with, likes schedules and order. I could never talk her into doing something that reckless.
You haven't SEEN his work and heby pfffft
Painted and drew in his own style before he went to Italy. He's been drawing accurately from life since he was a baby. He doesn't paint like any school or any program or anyone but himself.
I've seen people who have come to Italian ateliers after earning their mfa's in studio art at top American art colleges; they've studied for up to 8 years and still just don't have it. It's not a matter of what you're taught. It's what's inside, what you bring with you.
For me, college and grad school was time to learn how to think for myself, not so much how to absorb and regurgitate facts