Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

Wednesday January 19, 2011

Mad Love
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?)
  • fantasy
  • real-life trauma and issues
  • the importance of family and friends
Those are just a few things! My heart breaks for Alice as she does everything she can to protect her mentally ill mother. There has been a complete role-reversal here, at sixteen Alice is living in her mothers apartment complex (an investment purchase from her romance novel sales) and tries to make sure the bills are paid, books are signed and food is bought. One of my favorite parts of the book is the atmosphere of the small apartment complex. All the tenants around her help Alice anyway they can and they each have their own quirky little story.

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 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

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Michelle said...

Sounds like an awesome read!

Ms. Yingling said...

Coffeehouse Angel is popular in my library, and this sounds similar, so I'll have to take a look!