Ready, set, read!
It is time to kick off my first book review in the 2014 BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge. I am so excited to introduce you to each an every book on the list for this Summer, but I am thrilled that this year's challenge starts out with a fun book. Check out all the fun on the BookSparks blog.
Can anyone be truly herself--or truly in love--in a language that's not her own?
Sixteen-year-old 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--the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend 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.
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Love and Other Foreign Words
I had a great time reading Love and Other Foreign Words. I was transported back a little to a time when romance was all encompassing and more importantly, all confusing! A likable character, Josie is young, sharp, and a tad bit eccentric. She is sometimes too logical for her own good. Love rarely ever makes sense, but she hasn't found that out yet.
I loved the backdrop of family in this story. It was a great safe place to explore the themes of of blind love and acceptance. Though Josie is comfortable enough with her neighbors who she considers family, but are not, she has a hard time excepting her sister's fiance and all his quirks even though she is soon to be stuck with him.
The battle is on and Josie has a little growing up to do... and a whole lot to learn about love. Author Erin McCahan takes readers on a fun and memorable journey. Written from a humorous angle, this story is a great way to start the Summer off right. Grab a copy to stash in your beach bag or enjoy it poolside. I recommend diving right into Love and Other Foreign Words.
Erin McCahan is an Ohio-dwelling, unabashedly Styx-loving, full-time writer who enjoys a variety of hobbies, excluding role-playing, sticky things, and karaoke. A former youth minister, she lives Columbus, Ohio, with her husband
Twitter: @ ErinMcCahan