Wednesday January 19, 2011
by Suzanne Selfors
January 4th 2011
Walker Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Summary: When you're the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can't write it. Alice needs a story for her mother—and she needs one fast.
That's when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol's voice in her head and see things she can't explain, she must face the truth—that she's either inherited her mother's madness, or Errol is for real.
Review: I just have to say that I really enjoyed this book! It has a lot of different elements that I value in a book that don't always end up being in one story. Let me list them for you...
- romance (a really, not-really love triangle...maybe?)
- real-life trauma and issues
- the importance of family and friends
The love story in this book is all mixed up and could actually be between two different couples...(intrigued? I know you are!) With Cupid involved (supposedly) you know things are bound to get completed especially if you know anything about Cupid's history! I loved reading about Ero and Psyche and maybe, like me, this book will inspire readers to read other lore about this legendary couple!
The odds are against Alice....can she write a romance novel to save the day? Can she get it done in time (she has a couple of different deadlines here...one involves Errol) Is she really hearing voices and seeing things or is she destined to become mentally ill like her mother? Funny and heartbreaking the author never makes light of the plight of mental illness but the addition of the fantasy/myth aspect adds a little upswing to the story. Maybe, like Alice, you'll be left wondering "Do all romantic stories HAVE to have a happy ending?"
I like this book for my library because readers who enjoy realistic fiction will also enjoy it as much as those fantasy lovers!
Great for readers 12 and up
Visit the author's website here www.SuzanneSelfors.com