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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
In the little Italian town of Saviano, Natalia receives terrible news from the doctor that she has been diagnosed with a heart disease that can only be treated in the US. Fortunately, she gets a miraculous opportunity to study in the US, which she takes in the hopes of securing a healthier, more promising future than the gloomy prospect of staying in her hometown. Following this, Natalia experiences love, heartbreak, health problems, motherhood, working, and loss as she journeys through life and back and forth between the United States and her home country. In A Girl Named Natalia by Natalia Settembrini Casillas, Natalia shares the colorful story of her life, which includes both her joyful and painful moments and teaches the importance of choosing faith and hope, even in the darkest, most trying times.
Natalia's intricately described emotions and thoughts make connecting to her natural and easy for the reader. I felt like I made a new friend from the book by the time I finished reading it. My favorite part about A Girl Named Natalia is that some beautiful aspects of Italian culture appear throughout the book. You will learn why you should never order a cappuccino after noon in Italy, how to dress like an Italian, and some other interesting things about Italian culture. Readers who love memoir-like fiction about strong, inspiring female characters should read this compelling book by Natalia Settembrini Casillas. It is easily one of the most touching, endearing, and inspiring stories I've read. Though she faces serious challenges over and over again, Natalia chooses to look forward to experiencing the beautiful things in life. Her story inspired me to look at the bright side of any situation I may face henceforth.