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Mad Love

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,654 ratings  ·  276 reviews
Alice Amorous, the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, has been living an agonizing lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. But her next book is well 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 and insists that Ali ...more
Published June 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury UK (first published November 18th 2010)
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A Week in YA Kissing Books - Haiku Mini Review #3

Cupid wearing black
Wants his true story written
Do I smell clam juice?

Well this was… not really what I expected.

I’ll freely admit that I picked this up because I was looking for brain-sugar. A pick-me up / temporary high after a mentally and emotionally gruelling week. I mean, look at that cover. I know I’m not supposed to judge, but doesn’t it shout “I AM FAIRY FLOSS!”, as if it’s so sweet it could rot your teeth? It’s about a girl that meets cup
I am an official fan of Selfors. She always write stories that have a magical element in them, but sets them with modern characters and/or settings. What's that genre called? Magical realism I think, well she is good at it.

Alice Amorous is the daughter of the Queen of the Romance, Belinda Amorous. She writes what people would call "trashy" romance novels, but she has a knack for it and has loads of fans. Her mom is successful, but there has always been something that has been odd about her. They
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Apr 22, 2013 Amelia, the pragmatic idealist rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of complicated love stories or those interested in stuff about mental disorders
Mad Love's main character is Alice Amorous, and I thought she made a fine heroine. She was a good combination of sass and sweetness, and I thought she held her own very well against all the crazies around her. She's a character that really does seem to have it all together: when she makes a mistake or shows a lapse in good judgment, it's more because of her circumstances than who she is as a person. There was something very cheer-worthy about her, and I had a pretty easy time relating to her. Un ...more
This fantasy reminded me a lot of one of my favorite movies, "Don Juan DeMarco." As in the movie, a troubled legendary character comes to life seeking help from the main character, but really ends up helping the main character even more.

Errol, aka Eros, aka Cupid, was just too lovable. Sure he had a bad boy vibe that I rarely fall for, but he was just so tragic, I really wanted to help him. I loved Alice's relationship with Errol, it wasn't romantic, but there was chemistry bubbling under the su
In a lot of ways, Mad Love surprised me. I was expecting a cutesy love story without much depth to it. Yet that is not what I got. Mad Love tells the tale of Alice and Errol. Alice is the daughter of the Queen of Romance. Whereas Errol is the original King of Romance, Cupid. And no, he is a little kid running around with a quiver of arrows. These two come together when Alice is forced to masquerade as the Queen of Romance while her mother is secretly seeking treatment for a mental illness.

Mad Lo
It is a nice story. A bit boring sometimes. I really think Alice was a re encarnation of Phyque but she wasn't :(
However, I like the couple that she and Tony made and although Errol dies everyone have their happily ever after.
After all, anyone knows that a happy end is the first rule when you write a romantic novel ;)
Belinda Amorous writes romance books some days. A lot of romance books. Other days, she settles into a deep sadness. Those days, she doesn't move around very much. Alice is her daughter trying to pay the bills and keep her mother's bipolar disorder away from the press. But the publishing company is waiting for a book that hasn't been written, and Alice needs to come up with a new novel - soon. In comes Errol, also known as Cupid, asking for his love story to be told. As Alice writes down Errol's ...more
The Bookologist
Romantic and fun, Mad Love warms you’re heart with it’s touching mood and story of love, regret, and hope. There was the ups and downs but overall, it was filled with fun and intensity.

Mad Love starts out slow; the fact that it took some time for the main character to get convinced that someone is a cupid was a bit wearisome. Although, the pace of the plot picks up and we’re introduced to even more characters and more problems are thrown in, keeping the tension at the right level.

Throughout the
3.5 out of 5 rating

This was a pretty okay book. It wasn't super great, but it wasn't horrible either. I think it did have a very important underlying theme though. And it's in an interesting category: YA Contemporary with a little bit of mythology thrown in.

As for the characters, I liked them but I didn't really connect with them. They seemed a little distant. I felt so bad for Alice. Trying to be the parent while keeping her mother's secret from the rest of the world. And Errol was off and on f
Sixteen-year-old Alice Amorous is dealing with things that a girl her age shouldn't have to deal with. Her mother, famous romance writer Belinda "Queen of Romance," is bipolar and in treatment, but she doesn't want anyone to know, so Alice must lie to keep the secret. She lives alone with the support of neighbors in her apartment building, and she forges her mother's signature for book signings and tries to communicate for her with the publisher. When the publisher threatens to take back an adva ...more
Sara Grochowski
I'll start off by saying that I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.

Part of my dislike for MAD LOVE may be my own fault. I think I was expecting a bit more from this novel, but it's really quite fluffy and juvenile, which may have caught me off guard.

Secondly, I did not like Alice. At all. Her character personality grated on my nerves. I wanted to feel sympathetic towards her situation, but she seemed too self-centered for me to do so. Yes, her life is a bit of a mess and it's u
Although Alice's life might seem normal from the outside, she has a secret - her mother, the famous romance novelist Belinda Amorous, is undergoing treatement for bipolar disorder. Alice has gotten used to taking care of herself while her mother's in the hospital, but when she meets a guy who tries to convince her that he's Cupid (yes, THAT Cupid...), and who asks her to write his life story, she begins to worry she may have inherited her mother's madness.

Self-aware and kind of meta (for example
Jade Walker
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If i had to sum up this book in one word, it would be FUN. The book is sort of magical realism, real characters, magical element. It's completely different to every other magical book out there because it's magic in the real world, not magic in a new world or a parallel world like in urban fantasy, as well as this, the main characters doesn't have any powers or anything, which is good.

This book is really cute, I knew it would be from the front
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed Coffeehouse Angel by Selfors so I was excited to read Mad Love. I just had to see what else Suzanne had in store for us. We are introduced to Alice who is a famous author's daughter. She hides tons of secrets about her mother. Everyone thinks her mother is off working on her latest novel while Alice and the people who live in her building know the truth. The truth is that The Queen Of Romance is having mental problems. Alice goes to her mom's signing in her place an ...more
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Inspired Kathy
Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors was a quick, cute read. A good mix of mystery, romance and real life issues with a little mythology mixed in. The book held my interest through out but I never really connected with the characters.

I like how this book tackles the real life problem of bipolar depression. Alice has been dealing with her mother's depression and erratic behavior for years. Her mother is now secretly staying in a mental institution and her next book is overdue. Enter Errol who has a story
This book started out with a great concept, the daughter of a famous romance writer trying to cover for her mentally ill mother and write a new romance novel in her name, whilst trying not to fall apart. A girl discovering love for the first time.

But it ended up pretty shallow & mushy. The cupid character it inserted was really lame and boring. The way the myth was told was just... it was supposed to be a new "spin" on the version the "gods" falsely spread, but there was absolutely nothing e
Alice Amorous, 16 year old daughter of the best selling writer Queen of Romance, isn't living the glamorous life of a princess. She's too busy running interference between her mom's publisher and the bank while running the house. Nobody but a few neighbors know her mother isn't doing much of anything while in the hospital suffering from severe bipolar disorder. Alice barely has time to crush on a cute new guy in the neighborhood. Complicating things is a pesky kid who thinks he's Errol aka Eros ...more
Ok, this book is not what you think, it was not what I thought!
This is not a love story but at the same time is The love story.
Yes, Alice and Cupid are the main characters of this story, but not their love story.

Well, this book had my mind is running with all the possibilities on the first half part of the book; and I love when a book does that to me, a lot. It wakes up my mind, it makes me wonder and build towers in my imagination, this book did that to me, and for that, I loved it.

Me while rea
I don't know how I feeeeeeel, but I really want to sum it up in a book review.

I tend to like stories involving Cupid. And I can't explain this affinity. This cupid was a little different, he wasn't really in the business anymore. But he had a bucket list, like so many mythological demi-gods.

Alice is covering for her Mother who is "abroad" AKA "committed" for severe bipolar, she's pretty much comatose. And the apartment complex that is owned by Alice's mother, features tenants who are like a fami
Alice is the daughter of the Queen of Romance. However, the queen isn't currently sitting on her throne, she's at a hospital suffering bi-polar disorder. But Alice can't tell anyone in order to keep her mother's image safe. But it's hard when the publishers demand a book, the hospital demands the bills be paid, and the cute boy who delivers the paper is demanding Alice's attention. And then there's the mysterious boy in the black hoodie who wants Alice to write his love story. As if Alice didn't ...more
Jessica Vargas
Mad Love es mi ultimo libro del reto que me propuse este año. Así que se merece una buena critica.
No es mal libro, pero no es el mejor. Pensé que cupido iba a quedar con ella, pero esta fue la historia con un final triste. Alice vivió una vida dura, por la enfermedad que sufre su madre, es una chica fuerte, y obsesionada con un chico como la común adolescente. Pero falto algo mas, algo que hiciera saltar las chispa, Errol me parecio perfecto; me encanto la parte que le tiro una flecha a Alice y
Jocelyn Romero
This book is AWESOME. By all means i recommend it. If you are a person who likes romance stories, you will find this book ideal for your taste. The period of time of the story is modern days and it places you in a world of fantasy but reality at the same time.
Kendall Burnett
Alice should be the life of the party with her mom being the number one romance author, but what the readers don't know is their favorite author isn't really over seas like Alice tells. She's been diagnosed with a serious mental disorder, while her daughter has done a good job concealing her. The readers want a new book, and the publishers want it now. The Queen of romance will lose her title! But when Alice's luck seems to wear thin she meets a strange boy. Errol claims to be Cupid sent by the ...more
i thought this book was super good!!!!! it has susppence and romance and i just couldnt put it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it took me less than 24 hours to read, i read till 3 in the morning then started reading again at 5:15 in the morning!!!!!!
No lo pude terminar, iba por la pagina 60 o algo así, y no, no pude conectar con la historia. La protagonista no me terminó de caer y al principio pensé que solo era yo con un bloqueo de lectura pero después de terminarme otro libro e intentar retomar este, me di cuenta que estaba intentando demasiado algo que se supone debería ser fácil, relajante, placentero... Cualquier cosa menos lo que estaba siendo. Así que prefiero dejarlo. A favor del libro quiero decir que es bastante ligero y no lo odi ...more
Terminado de leer 22/02/2014

Este es de esos que son razonables. Sabe lo que es, y es honesto al respecto. Lo que además le hace ver bien.
It was a little odd reading about a girl whose mother wrote romance novels. But way better than reading a romance novel. I did read some as a young and older teen and I definitely don't recommend them. Anyhow, this is much better. It isn't even a sappy love story (and I am a fan of Bella and Edward). It's more about different kinds of love: the the struggle to develop romantic relationships, the stress when parent/child relationships reverse, and caring for someone, having compassion when they d ...more
I can always count of Selfors to write a story that has some kind of bold, slightly fantastical twist to it. It's definitely an interesting kind of storytelling.

This story was a pretty good tale. Alice is drowning in the stress from having her romance-writing mother hospitalized for bipolar disorder. Alone, Alice has to deal with bills, buying food, and keeping it all hush-hush. Alice is the kind of character who is clearly cracking beneath the pressure, but doesn't see it herself. She's still s
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Sixteen year old Alice Amourous is the daughter of best selling book writer "Queen of Romance". What the world doesn't know is why the "Queen of Romance" hasn't made another book. She has been hospitalized for mental illness and the next book is overdue and she can't write it. That's when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims he is cupid. He follows her and insists that she write the greatest love story of all time: his tragic relationship with this woman named Psyche. But when Alice starts ...more
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Suzanne Selfors lives on an island near Seattle where it rains all the time, which is why she tends to write about cloudy, moss-covered, green places.
She's married, has two kids, and writes full time.
Her favorite writers are Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, and most especially, Roald Dahl.

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