A Home for the Holidays by Joe Cosentino was a saccharine novella about falling in love over the holidays. Bobby and Paolo may be distantly related but that doesn’t stop them from finding acceptance in one another.
This novella was straight to the point. Written in first-person through Bobby’s point-of-view, we see Bobby fall in love with his cousin Paolo almost immediately. Within a day, he was contemplating his feelings for Paolo who was still acting quite aloof toward him.
In fact, Paolo went from indifferent about Bobby to expressing feelings very quickly also. There wasn’t much development of either character, though the island was described beautifully.
The characters and plot reminded me of a soap opera. Everyone’s reactions were over-the-top. Personalities were extreme archetypes without complexities to make them more believable.
And, dear Lord, was it cheesy!
As we both exploded in ecstasy, Paolo shouted, “Ti adoro” (I adore you), and I whispered in his ear, “I am home.”
I know what you’re thinking–jeez, Kiki, if it was that bad why did you give it three stars? Well, my darlings, it was the type of overly sweet story that made me smile even while I was rolling my eyes.
Bobby was awkward and nerdy, and who hasn’t felt that way at some point in their life especially when they were in college? Meanwhile, Paolo was ultra cool and suave, like that foreign exchange student you never had the courage to talk to. For as corny as it was, the story and characters were funny and relatable, to an extent.
Was A Home for the Holidays the best thing I’ve ever read? Of course not, but it was oddly charming and a pleasant way to enjoy an afternoon. I am actually really looking forward to reading something with more length and (hopefully) more depth from Joe.
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Bobby McGrath’s Christmas trip to the beautiful Italian island of Capri to meet his eccentric extended family offers stunning views—none more stunning than his third cousin, Paolo Mascobello, a real stocking stuffer.
As the two young men embark on a relationship, Bobby, a driven law student, learns to relax and bask under the old Italian moon, and Paolo realizes there’s more to life than a frolic on the beach.
For the two to find everlasting amore, Paulo must overcome his fear of commitment and learn to follow his dreams, and Bobby must get his wish for happily ever after.