Friday, June 6, 2014

Love and Other Foreign Words
by Erin McCahan

Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 336
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.


Kritters Thoughts:  Josie is in high school, but also attending college as she is quite the smarty pants!  With two older sisters and a few friends, Josie is at a turning point where she must find out what characteristics she will take with her into adulthood.  And learn about this love thing!

From the beginning, I loved Josie.  I wanted to know everything about her and ride alongside her in her journey.  Her family was perfectly executed - they were great second tier characters with enough storylines to not make Josie the entire central character, but at the same moment they did not distract.  And her friends!  I loved that although she may be a nerd of sorts, she still had a great group of friends who weren't all quirky and weird, but real - this book felt real which I absolutely adored.

This is a fantastic read for the YA audience and for those who are adult fans of the genre.  With a very witty and smart female lead, the language in the book, although not foul at all was sometimes even a little over my head, but I liked it!  I also loved the sweet nature of this book, I don't tend to go for YA books that are chock full of adultness (i.e. sex and things), so I love YA books where I would feel comfortable handing them off to true YA readers.

Rating: perfect YA read

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Booksparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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