Review: Love and Other Foreign Words

Title: Love and Other Foreign Words
Author: Erin McCahan
Publisher: Dial
Published: May 1, 2014
Hardcover, 336 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8037-4051-8
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
Love and Other Foreign Words is probably one of the best books I've read this summer. Josie is a sixteen-year-old girl who is determined to find out what exactly romantic love is. How two people who seem so different could fall in love. When her sister, Kate, brings home a boy that Josie finds unsuitable for her sister, she makes it her mission to try to make Kate see the light. However Josie is too smart for her own good and makes many blunders along the way.

One of the things that I love about this book is that it's funny. Not just a little chuckle here and there, but a laugh out loud, have people look at you in a strange way kinda funny. Josie is not your average teen. She's a genius that tries to relate to people her own age, while also living in a world of academia. She, in a sense, has a different language for both groups. And love to her is a foreign language. 

This is a story that people of all ages will enjoy and relate to. It's funny, witty, and is definitely worth your time! 

“Good becomes perfect, but perfect is an illusion. And illusions are like all spells—temporary and soon broken. And when that happens, feelings change.”

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