Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release date: January 4, 2011
Rating: 5/5 stars – Absolutely loved it!
Cover comments: I wasn’t crazy about it at first, but after looking at it more, I actually really do love the cover. Fits the story very well.
Summary from Good Reads:
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.
My thoughts on Mad Love:
One of the things I loved about this book was that while I was reading it I had the desire to write a romance novel, even though I’m not super crazy about the genre. But mostly just a desire to write. Which I already had, so it only added fuel to the fire.
I loved Alice. She copes amazingly well considering all the different turns her life is taking, all the problems she faces with her mother in a mental hospitable, unable to continue her reign as Queen of Romance. At first the only thing I didn’t like was how long it was taking her to accept Errol’s request to write his book, since she needed a book to write to keep her mother’s royalty checks coming. But it’s later revealed why it need to be done the way it was, and I’m actually glad now it works out in such a way.
I absolutely loved all of the secondary characters, each had their own unique personalities and quirks that made them stand out without stealing the spotlight unnecessarily. Mrs. Bobot, Realm’s grandmother and temporary legal guardian of Alice, treats Alice like she was her own daughter. And Realm makes for one of those antaganists you love to hate and hate to love, but in the end you remember she’s just a sixteen year old girl with issues of her own she needs to work through. Archibald and Reverand Ruttles make for an interesting dynamic in the different lifestyles they lead while being roommates.
The actual romance in this story was perfect I thought. Not too much, and not where it shouldn’t be for the intended audience, but enough for it to be sweet. And I almost wich Errol’s story was an actual book, I wanted more than what Alice weas given while writing it. The story overall was wrapped up very nicely in the end, and I even got a little choked up, which doesn’t happen very often.
A definite must read for anyone wanting a fast, light and amusing read that still makes you think at times.