Banks, Kate. Friends of the heart; amici del cuore.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Brief Article - Children's Review - Book Review

BANKS, Kate. Friends of the heart; amici del cuore. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 144p. c2005. 0-374-32455-7. $16.00. J

Lucrezia, nicknamed Lukey or Lou, is a 12-year-old Italian girl from Rome. Her best friend is 12-year-old Ollie, who lives in Milan. They meet every summer at her grandparents' summer home and enjoy idyllic adventures under the hot Italian sun until "the summer that shouldn't have been." That summer their adventures are complicated by the arrival of two other young teens, Martin, a neighbor, and Anna Maria, a girl who has not previously been part of the inner circle made up of Lou and Ollie. This summer, as narrated by Lukey, issues of budding sexual attraction and the nature of friendship arise. The four spend their days sunning, swimming, sailing, playing board games, and eating good Italian food. At the end of the summer, a near-death experience caused by male competitiveness occurs. Their survival brings...

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