On Tiptoe (Pasticcino blue Book 1)
by Sarah Iles (Author), Lorna Rossi (Translator)
This novella reveals Anna’s story, a teenager living with her father after her mother left them. This story reveals a young girl, unsure of herself and of what happens around. She faces situations for which she’d not prepared and therefore she internelize her feelings.
The character of Anna is very well developed. The author shows in detail what she thinks and what she feels and she comes through as a typical teenager, who doesn’t really know what she wants until it is too late, but also with a strong will to follow her dreams.
The secondary characters are not as well developed though, with the exception of Romeo. He seems to have more substance, while his brother appears just a typical young man, chasing a girl, and in the end letting jealousy eat out at him.
The pace was slow at times making me feel that I was reading an introspective story. However, there are moments when the pace gets faster and we see Anna in a whirlwind of parties and in the middle of two love affairs, and she isn’t able to deal with the consequences of either. I felt that it was just too much, and too fast.
I think that this novella could evolve into a novel. The issues presented could be developed and create a more believable story. The “where” should also have been more developed. I am not very sure that I understand exactly in what kind of neighborhood Anna lived and how she came to meet some of the characters.
In my opinion, this is a good read, especially if you feel in a lazy mood.
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