I have been very busy reading like a mad man and have now finished the second in the Neapolitan novels and now onto the third which will have a post up very soon I hope.
The book continues straight after the first with Lila is back from her honeymoon and is having s difficult time adjusting to married life. As time passes Lila and Elena grow closer and spend almost all their time together. Lila is becoming erratic and unmanageable and only Elena can calm her ,meanwhile Lila is pregnant . This results in Stefano Lilas husband asking Elena to become his ally. Meanwhile Elena is struggling with school resulting in her barely passing the term.
With Lila still unhappy in her marriage starts to focus on her husbands grocery store and her friends who need help giving them jobs and spending money on them. This results in Elena getting brand new books for school. As Elena is studying and experiencing things Lila has only imagined they start to grow apart like most people do at that age at different stages of their lives. When invited to a party by her teacher Elena decides to bring Lila with her for support. There they see the differences between them already, Lila is quiet and keeps to herself while Elena is surrounded by her equals and is the centre of attention.
Summer is now upon the women and Lila has miss carried her child and on doctors orders she is to go get some sun and get stronger. Elena has passed the year with high marks and has a summer job in a bookstore. Lila persuades Elena to join them , eventually Elena joins but after she requests they go to Ischia. Over the summer Lila and Elena grow closer as they only have each other.
Elena starts to hang out with a friend from school who joins the girls everyday at the beach talking about politics, books he has read and anything else on his mind. Elena is infatuated with him while Lila ignores him, gradually she is intrigued and starts conversations on what she has read and her views on politics. Both the man and Lila fall in love and start having an affair with Elena constantly warning her of the consciences.
Eventually they spend the night together while Elena visits his family in a near by town. Lila’s husband finds out she is with the other man and in outrage makes everyone leave the island and return home. Where Lila is back to her unhappy married life Elena is focused on completing her final year of school and earning money to help her family. Elena decides it is best to keep a distance from Lila for the time beginning , while hearing from friends what she has been up to.
As the school year comes to an end Elena passes her exams and decides she will go to university, but wondering how the hell she would afford it. After one of her exams an examiner asks what her plans are for the future and gives her information about scholarships. Throughout the summer she works as a tutor and takes the university tests with difficulty. She passes and gets a scholarship. When saying goodbye to everyone Elena drops by to see Lila at the family shoe shop to find out that she is still having an affair pregnant and wants to leave her husband.
Elena has started university and is finding it hard to fit in even wanting to go home like most university students , gradually she snaps out of it and starts to alter how she is perceived creating a new identity to her classmates and teachers. With Christmas break coming up Elena gets straight A’s and meets a boy at the school dance. They start to go out and he introduces her to new things more literature , clothes, books and takes her to Paris but she doesn’t love him and it soon fizzles out.
Elena then gives a brief recount of what happens between 1963-1965. Lila had left her husband and has run away to Neno the man she was having an affair with. Elena is studying and has met someone , Lila eventually returns back to her husband to find out he is having an affair and expecting another child. Elena has graduated gotten engaged and written a novel. The last chapter is when Elena’s book comes out and Elena is doing a q&a at a Milan bookstore when Nino stands up and asks a question.
If you have made it to the end well done this was a long post and I’m sorry. The book looks at what most people aged 18 are going through with friends going through different experiences with university and reality of the real world once its all over.With this book you have to keep at it as it sets things up for the third book and drags a little but you should keep at it as it’s worth it at the end.
Bye for now