Fourteen-year-old Sarah Zorn intends to spend the Wisconsin summer with her &;boyfriend&; Curtis, waiting for a dead calf named Boris to decompose in time for the science fair. Her plans upend, however, when her fake-boyfriend strategy goes seriously awry just as her hippie Grandma Z invites her on a last-minute Roman holiday. As Sarah explores Italy&;s ancient wonders, she can&;t stop &;boy-liking&; Curtis . . . or puzzling over her grandmother&;s odd behavior. Written as Sarah&;s journal, this satisfying middle grade novel navigates the murky waters of first love, friendship, and family with heart and good humor.