The Compulsive Reader: Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

Here's a sweet romance to get you in the Valentine's Day mood for this weekend!

As the daughter of a bestselling romance novelist, Alice Amorous has grown up surrounded by stories of romance. But then her mother is hospitalized due to her bipolar disorder, and life no longer is as simple or pretty as a novel. With her mother’s next book due and bills piling up, Alice rises to the challenge of secretly taking her place. Except, writing an authentic romance is way harder than it appears. But then a mysterious guy named Errol begins following Alice, claiming to be the real Cupid, and begs Alice to chronicle his tragic romance with Psyche and share it with the world. Alice is certain this can't be possible, but Errol is more than willing to prove his true identity to her—with crazy results.

Mad Love is a sweet and humorous read with a wonderful cast of characters. Alice is a plucky narrator who manages to frequently make readers laugh, despite her growing list of troubles. Her neighbors, Mrs. Bobot, her granddaughter Realm, Reverend Ruttles, and Archibald, are an eccentric but lovable bunch, and add a lot of humor to the story. This book is filled with all sorts of love--filial, platonic, and of course, romantic, as Alice meets Tony and the pair goes through the requisite and sometimes awkward getting-to-know-you stage. Errol brings in the fantastical element to the story, but despite his god-status and powers, the book feels very contemporary, especially since the heaviest issue dealt with in Mad Love is Alice's mother's illness and how Alice copes with it. The book remains fairly light throughout though, and chaste despite its references to more adult romance titles, making it a fun and quick escape from reality perfect for younger teens.

Cover Comments: I like this cover and its dimensions--it basic in the simple heart, but it does reveal a little bit of the book's complications. Very nice.

ARC provided by publisher.

If you have an e-reader, this one comes in an e-book, and lending is enabled!


Lilly Bear ♡ said...

This sounds like such a cute read! Nice review :)

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Sounds charming! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

You're the first review of this book that I read and you made me want it all the more!

I was hooked when it said her mom was a romance novelist, but all the stuff about how funny it was and about cupid :) well, no it's in the top of my list, next only to The Piper's Son.


lavender oil said...

I like romance and I like the quirky, original characters. This book should be a home run! Unfortunately I was unable to connect either the characters or story.