Published: May 1, 2014
Publisher: Dial Books
Format: via BookSparks PR
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.
What can I say? I fell in love with this book and Josie from the start. I’ve been in a reading funk as of late and this pulled me out in the nick of time. This is the freshest new book I’ve read in a LONG time. The story focuses on Josie who is a very independent and opinionated young girl who is too smart for her own good. She is all but a genius when it comes to books and school but has no clue when it comes to the real world, especially things like feelings and love. She loves her family friends and especially her sisters. She is determined to ruin her sister’s upcoming wedding since she thinks the guy isn’t the right fit for her. She doesn’t understand how her sister could fall in love with someone whom she sees as a know it all. Josie doesn’t get how love isn’t a science, that sometimes we just simply fall for someone just because. Love isn’t something you can learn it just is. Josie soon understands this whole “love” thing when she falls for some. However little does she know that the “real” thing is closer to her than she realizes.
I loved the interaction between Josie and her family. They are a very tight knit family who are always there for one another. I simply loved and adored Josie from the get go. She is quirky,funny and sassy…she is my kinda girl. She overthinks every situation yet she is so enduring you can’t help but to fall in love with her. While her actions might seem a bit drastic her intentions are only for the best. The way her relationship with her sister is written and how they play off each other makes perfect sense in how the story ends. Her sisters reasoning in how she feels about her sister and fiancé is so heartwarming and touching it made me a little teary eyed.
Her relationship with her best friend and neighbor Stu is also a bright spot in the book. Their one liners and back and worth shots towards one another is classic. They never hold back and tell each other [almost] everything. I like the whole guy/girl friendship they are cleaver and make the perfect pair. I will admit from the very start I was rooting for these two to get together. I just felt their connection right off, it’s undeniable.
Love and Other Foreign Words is a book that is simply amazing! It’s one everyone should read and I guarantee you will fall in love with Josie her quirkiness and all. She is one the freshest characters written in a while and Erin McCahan is to thank for that. She wrote a funny, touching and wonderful read that will pull you in and won’t let you go until the very end.
What are you waiting for? Go on and get it NOW!