The name of this book is what makes you want to read it. Anything with spaghetti in the title is a must read. However, this memoir I only felt luke-warm about, and that won't cook a noodle in any hurry.
Giulia is unlucky in love. Not even dating until her
early twenties, she falls for a series of men who just aren't quite what
she needs. And she's obviously not what they need either as they don't
offer to make things permanent. And this is in spite of her good
cooking, active personality, and want of a decent relationship. As she
travels the years she dates several people, and each have their own
quirks and good, but they also have some flaws too.
afraid to point out everything she does wrong when it comes to dating.
She says she falls too fast, tries too hard, and goes after people who
are interested in her, not necessarily those she is interested in. She
just wants that relationship. The men she meets are interesting. I
can't say that I would have been attracted to any of them, too broody
and not enough work ethic in some of them. Most of them were able to
cook though, so that's a plus. Since it's Giulia's memoir, we get a
somewhat biased view of them though so it's hard to tell what their true
personalities may be, although it seems like she tried to be fair.
memoirs go, this one was actually kind of depressing. There's so many
failed relationships that if you're single and having trouble in the
dating realm yourself you start despairing of ever getting a good date.
Or a date for that matter. Because you certainly don't want to go with
whatever's interested regardless of your feelings. Giulia's
relationships she does have actually last for long periods of time (at
least the 3 and 1/2 that she really focuses on in the book) so the
breakups are more traumatic too. One thing that really irritated me
about the book (and this may just be my personal preferences) is the
constant talk about music and how certain music was edgy and people
liking bands before they were popular. If the music's good, who cares
about the when and why? Not a huge deal, but whenever I encounter it in
a book it rubs me the wrong way. Aside from that though, the writing
was smooth and progressed at a good pace.
This was an ok memoir.
It's very much a story of dating and a little bit about food (there are
recipes). If you really like drama this will be a good book to read
and if you like food, stick around for those recipes.
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti