Welcome to our latest entry in the Booksparks Summer Reading Program!
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? Funny, smart, and big-hearted, Love and Other Foreign Words is equal parts comedy and coming of age. But more than that, it’s a love story about sisters, about friends, and about what it means to love at all.
This may be technically a YA novel, but it is a perfect Summer read for adults too! Josie is hilarious- she's the snarky smart younger sister you wish you had had, or were! The family dynamics will be familiar to those with multiple siblings, and you have to give props to the parents in the story, for not going insane raising the 3 girls! Josie is 16, so she is not aware of everything that adults can see, so reading the book as an adult, you can see things coming in the story before Josie does. And yes, I did want a slightly different ending, but then I sensed that her sister's marriage would end in divorce pretty quickly, based on the fiancee's controlling actions. But that is experience talking. As the author knows, most readers would rather the happier ending! I was so enchanted with the story, I finished it in one sitting! It is the perfect beach read for your daughter AND you! How many books can you say that about? Be sure to check this one out this Summer!
About the author
Erin McCahan is the author of the YA book I Now Pronounce You Someone Else (Scholastic, June 2010).
Erin’s debut novel was a 2010 Cybils Award finalist. She grew up in Michigan and worked extensively
with teenagers before beginning her writing career. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.
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