Review: Craving U by Mirella Muffarotto

Type: Series
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: July 17, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: eBook sent on a read-to-review basis

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Summary: You can't run away from what you are. No matter where you go, your feelings are going to follow you....

Craving U is a young adult novel about first love, friendship and life-changing moments, an emotional whirlwind of passion, torment, expectations and doubts, dreams and love: gentle but reckless young love, a love made up of exclusive, overpowering feelings, a totalizing emotion, complete in and of itself, that turns your legs to jelly and leaves you breathless, driving your heart to pound out of bounds.

Marika, a teenager from the countryside, has known Matt since they were toddlers... and has been in love with him for almost as long. But while he's a gorgeous, athletic, popular guy with sky-blue eyes and a smile that makes your mind go blank and your mouth go dry, she is just like so many other girls her age: uncomfortable about her looks and her weight – neither super-skinny nor blonde like the cheerleader types – and certain that Matteo is out of her league. 

They have grown up with very few cares in the world in the midst of vineyards in the rolling Berici Hills, rocked gently by the rhythms of school and friends. But hundreds of miles away in the big city, in an elegant old building downtown, their destiny is about to be changed from behind a luxurious mahogany desk. Matteo's departure for Milan to follow his dreams will throw everything off balance, thrusting new, tempting situations into these two teenagers' experiences of life: unexplored worlds of pro sport and its opportunities and sacrifices, contracts and huge paychecks, symphonic metal, emotions, teenage trials and tribulations, awkward relationships, and memories as cutting as a sword slicing through tofu.
When another guy fills that emptiness in Marika's life, every move, every thought, every feeling gets amplified and everything gets more complicated, and more intense.


Craving U is a cute contemporary about two best friends who finds out that their feelings for each other are deeper than they thought it would be. The started off very slow and was jam-packed with a bunch of details which I thought was pretty useless, but after a while, the pace started to pick up and I started to enjoy it a little more. 

At first, I didn't realize that the setting of the book was in Milan until a couple of chapters in and it was pretty intriguing. The fact that it takes in Milan makes the soccer aspect of it more important, than it did anywhere else. 

Besides it being a little slow at the beginning, I actually enjoyed the book. There were a bunch of twists and turns for the two leading characters and third wheelers trying to get them away from each other. The way that everything was handled was pretty amazing and it all worked out at the very end even though it was predictable.

Matteo and Marika are both relatable characters. They act like what any teenagers would do when they are in love, but the way they handle their feelings do tend to annoy me a hell lot more than I want to.

Overall, I pretty much have mixed feelings about this book. I thought that the author was an amazing writer and the plot was phenomenal but the unnecessary details overwhelmed what could have been a great book for me. 

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  1. THANK YOU, Cindy, for your review and for having given my book a chance (*´ ˘ `*)
    So glad you liked my novel (sorry you didn't enjoy it more) and grateful that you took the time to talk about it… it means a lot to me.

    I'm releasing my final revised ed. of Craving U entitled «Missing Variables» on February 7, 2016
    It has been shortened and many details that seemed to be suffocating the storyline have been wiped off. After initial publication of Craving U, I've continued to make revisions to create a story that grabs readers from the very first page and keeps them hooked until the end. The former title was changed into "Missing Variables" because "Craving U" might have misled readers about the point of the story: it sounds too generic, too nondescript, too adult.
    Feedback from all of you - betas, bloggers and readers - proved so precious to make my novel a story that involves the reader from the very beginning. I can't thank you enough (´⌣`ʃƪ)

    THANKS A LOT :) and happy reading ����
    Mirella (aka Llarjme)


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