Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (January 4, 2011)
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.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I must say that this was a cute and enjoyable read! The author gave me a new take on Cupid and what his appearance could really be. In Mad Love, Cupid is not the chubby naked baby that we have come to recognize as Cupid on Valentine’s Day. In this book he is mysterious, kinda cute and needing his story told by Alice.
Alice on the other hand, has a crush on skateboarder Tony. Alice is also trying to deal with her Mother being in a hospital for mental illness. She is stepping into her Mother’s shoes as a writer of romance while struggling with money problems that a teenager shouldn’t be dealing with. She covers for her Mother at a book signing and even goes as far as writing the publisher to tell them the next book is on the way. Now Alice is forced to write a romance novel with no idea how to write one.
Enter Cupid, or Errol as he likes to be called. He tells Alice that he wants her to write his love story. She thinks Errol is a crazy stalker at first, but quickly realizes he is the real deal. Now Alice finds herself listening to Errol’s story of love and getting a new take on it as well.
I liked this book because of the fun and quirky story. The writer did a wonderful job of telling the story and the pace was perfect. Overall it was a cute and fun read that teens will enjoy.
Very Good! I would recommend this book! 4 STARS