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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge: Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

Here is the second review book for the BookSparks 2014 Summer Reading Challenge.  I don't know about you - but it hasn't felt like spring around here yet, let alone summer!  We saw snow earlier this week - Winter, I am so over you!

Love and Other Foreign Words
by Erin McCahan

Josie lives her life in translation.  She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls.  But none of these is her native tongue.  And Love?  The most foreign language of all.  So when being fluent in True Love becomes the only way to avert a sure catastrophe, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boy who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn't always like, and the best friend who hasn't said a word -- at least not in a language Josie understands.  

Insightful, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, this is an irrepressible love story about sisters, friends, boys, and how it feels to find someone, at last, who speaks your language. 

My thoughts: I loved Josie!  She was funny, smart, loyal - but it was probably her quick-wit and dry humor that endeared me to her the most.  I wish that I could be as quick with the comebacks.  As her family says, she is 15 going on 30 - and she juggles as much as some 30 year olds.  She is a sophomore in high school in the afternoon, but as part of an accelerated program she is also a freshman in college in the mornings.  She plays volleyball, runs track, and is very close with her family - which include two older sisters.  

She is okay with her oldest sister's husband, but when her middle sister comes home engaged, she has a hard time finding anything to like about him.  She spends the majority of the book trying to find reasons to make her sister break up with him, or at least to make her family see that they are not right together.  She is enthralled with languages and believes that everyone has their own language, and you won't really fit in if you don't speak their language. 

This made me think about the situations that I find personally to be the most uncomfortable - and when it comes down to it, it is because I don't feel that I will be able to speak the right language to fit in.  Knowing this, I think it will make me approach some situations differently - and without such trepidation.  

Something else that she wrote that stuck with me is "It's easier to hate than to hurt."  Just think about that for awhile and I am sure you will come up with an instance that you could apply this to your own life.  I am passing this book along to my daughters.

~I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSparks PR in exchange for my unbiased review.~

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About the author: Erin McCahan is the author of the YA book I Now Pronounce You Someone Else (Scholastic, June 2010). 
Erin’s debut novel was a 2010 Cybils Award finalist. She grew up in Michigan and worked extensively 
with teenagers before beginning her writing career. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. 

Author Links:
Facebook / Website / Twitter / Goodreads

All the books for the challenge:
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick

The Witch of Belladonna Bay by Suzanne Palmieri
The Revealed by Jessica Hickam
The Walk In Closet by Abdi Nazemian

Elly in Love by Colleen Oakes
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Serenade by Emily Kiebel
Queen of Hearts Vol. 2 by Colleen Oakes

Gravel on the Side of the Road by Kris Raddish
The Curse of Van Gogh by Paul Hoppe
Wild Within by Melissa Hart

My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal
In Bloom by Katie Delahanty

1 comment:

Olivia's Catastrophe said...

This definitely sounds like my type of book. Aside from the awesome cover and blurb, I really like the sound of Josie as a main character.

Check out my post about bookish trends: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/05/bookish-trends-and-not-trends.html


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