The Compulsive Reader: Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

When Josie’s older sister Kate brings home her fiancé for the first time, Josie is horrified. Stephen Geoffrey Brill is not the person for Kate, and Josie is going to prove it to her. Josie isn’t very good at communicating with people who aren’t Kate or her best friend Stu, so her attempts at figuring out how to prove what love really looks like are continually thwarted, until Josie has to face that she might not be able to fully grasp the intricacies of love and relationships.

Love and Other Foreign Words is a genuinely funny and clever book about learning to relate and communicate in a very confusing world. Josie’s attempt to understand her world and her relationships through the unstable constructs of words and their many meanings is more complicated than she first expects, and McCahan creates some great tension through the bantering that Josie engages in with others who don’t speak her language. Through awkward dates, exhilarating crushes, bursts of sibling rivalry, and declarations of love, Josie is always a humorous, curious, and insightful character. Her offbeat and loving family round out Josie’s story nicely and help Josie understand the most important aspect of love: unconditional support and understanding. McCahan’s second book is the most excellent sort—Josie comes alive on these pages, and her story will make you laugh and cry and want to hug the pages to your chest, even after the final page.

Cover Comments: I like this cover a lot--the dark blue is pretty and I like the title font. It's cute and pretty, but not too cute.

This book will be out May 1st!

ARC provided by publisher.


Anonymous said...

Sounds really good! you got me all pumped for it!! ;D

The Compulsive Reader said...

Hooray! It is fantastic! I loved Erin's debut novel and have been waiting and waiting for this book. It's lovely.