Love & Olives

S. & S./Simon Pulse. Nov. 2020. 512p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534448834.
Gr 7 Up–Welch, the author of Love & Gelato and Love & Luck, introduces readers to Greek American Liv, short for Olive, who is off to Santorini before her senior year of high school to see her father who wants her to help him find Atlantis. When Liv’s dad left when she was eight, he left behind 26 items. Each chapter is introduced with a different item and what it meant to him. This creative touch allows readers to understand her father, despite his absence and obsession with the lost city of Atlantis. Liv is not only concerned for her dad but also for her boyfriend, Dax, and a young man, Theo, who she meets at her dad’s bookstore. Liv has many adventures with her dad and grapples with feelings for Theo as well as Dax before she learns that the truth behind her dad’s preoccupation with searching for Atlantis is much deeper than it appears. Boyfriend Dax is described as white; Theo’s ethnicity is unspecified, though he is described as having skin darker than Liv’s.
VERDICT Readers who enjoy a light romance and adventurous travel will want to pick this one up.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing