Forget Nico: Falling for the Wrong Italian by Gaia B. AmmanItaly, the 90s. When Alex takes an unexpected interest in tomboy Leda, the strong-headed bookish teen is torn between the handsome suitor and her irrational feelings for wild childhood friend Nico, who’s dark, unreliable, and utterly ignores her. Can Leda forget Nico?
As Leda pursues her dream to win the volleyball championship and her friendship with Alex deepens, Nico grows into a jaded, taciturn, and hurtful player who cares only about himself. Leda should give up on him… not like he cares, does he?
Amman’s addictive humor and empathy intertwine the stories of many teens struggling with loneliness, angst and, of course love. The vivid descriptions of Cinque Terre and the Alps add to the irresistible charm of this intriguing teen romance.
** Though self-standing, the book is the third in “The Italian Saga” (all four books available, MG/YA) followed by “The Sonder Series” (Contemporary) following Leda’s adventures as an adult. These books empower girls and women of all ages to be their brave true selves.**
** The books are a fictional memoir based on the life of author GB Amman, a novelist and molecular biologist born and raised in Italy. **
PRAISE FOR FORGET NICO:
“Beautifully written, addictive, insightful, and emotional! It captures perfectly teenage angst and the independent spirit that accompanies it!”—AMY JOSLYN, Librarian
“This book won’t disappoint you! Wishing hard for a TV series.”—TEXAN GIRL READS
Ten weird things Italians say, and what they mean
Every single one of us, when learning a new language, has had a moment of utter and complete confusion. Or, they just have a funny accent that makes it harder for you to grapple with the words. This way also, you can handle the hiccup in pride and get back to the conversation at hand. Perfect for when you got the gist but one word is stumping you. I love this word.
How to Make Language Learning Enjoyable
Since , drivers inching along the bridges and tunnels linking Brooklyn with the other boroughs have been greeted by signs with distinctly hometown flair. - Without a repository for these words, they will likely be lost, as pidgin languages are difficult to sustain.
Do you have problems remembering all those convoluted and seemingly arbitrary rules of Italian grammar? Forget me not. Photo CC by Martin Snopek. What is certain though is that many different cultures have a similar name for it, and in some cases use the flower, or its image as a symbol of remembrance. So, how is this going to help me with my Italian grammar you may ask. Photo CC by Henry Hemming.
If an Italian acquaintance tells you your arms are short, there's no need to take offence - but it might be a good idea to offer to buy them a drink. This is how Italians refer to stingy people who are seemingly unable to reach into their pockets to pay for anything. Hai voluto la bicicletta? E adesso pedala! You wanted the bike?
Cher and I are contacted frequently by our lovely readers who want to ask questions or just send us quick notes as a way to practice Italian thank you by the way, we love your emails! And, in all these messages, over the years, we started to notice a theme. Next time, you find yourself struggling to recall a certain word or phrase, try these on for size. Example: Mi scordo sempre il passato prossimo — I always forget the past tense! Let us know your favorites in the comments! Rachel graduated with a degree in Italian language and literature. She currently lives in her favorite place in the world, Florence, Italy with her bilingual dog, Stella.