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3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  1,496 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
Imagine having a personal cupid—an actual winged being—pop into your life and offer to make your dreams come true. The catch is he can help you in only one way: artistically, academically, or romantically. That's what happens to aspiring photographer Allison Jean (A. J.) McCreary. A. J. knows she should concentrate on getting into a top-notch art school. But she's spent fi ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Speak (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jan 17, 2009 Ash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ash by: sister
Actually a 3.5. This is a funny book and I liked the message. A.J.(main character) really annoyed me at how much she obsessed over Peter. She reminded me more of those middle school girls who are sure their crush are their soul-mate. Even though I seriously doubt there are many people who have meet their soul mate by age 12 (sorry if I sound cynical). Oddly enough, the reason I actually kinda liked this book was because A.J. was so wrong about everything. A lot of times you see movies and read b ...more
Jan 09, 2009 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
I actually wasn't expecting much from this book because I had seen so many bad reviews on it. One of the things I did see as irritating was that A.J. (the main character) can seem a bit too dramactic, but I loved the way the author depicted cupid.
The author also did an excellent job of desribing the the photos that A.J. would take (she's a photographer). If they really existed I suspect I would like them very much.
Now for a quick summary: A.J. is infatuated with Peter Terris (aka very popular
Para empezar, esa portada es lo contrario a esta novela. Esa portada indica que el libro es MUY infantil. Y no es asi. Es un libro juvenil, a secas. Con muchos cliches, malentendidos, malas elecciones y un final infeliz. No es un cuento para niños, por mucho que el secundario principal sea Cupido y vaya vestido ridiculamente.

Para continuar, hace muchos años que lei este libro, y no, no me planteo releerlo, porque me decepcionó tanto que vendí mi ejemplar. Fue un libro aburrido e insípido con el
Mar 24, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Have you ever talked to a cupid before? Well in this fairy tale fiction A.J (main character) finds a fake stuffed cupid what turns out to be a real cupid to grant her a wish with consequences. I liked reading this book because I like reading love stories. I really like how the author created the cupid's personality. The author of "Thwonk" Joan Bauer is my favorite author, I like her books because she makes the novels interesting and h
Fun take on the be careful what you wish for theme. When avid photographer and aspiring art-student Allison Jean (AJ) McCreary is told she has one wish from a magical cupid figure she must choose between getting into the art-school of her dreams, rescuing a sinking GPA, or having the the hunk that she's currently crushing on. Against the advice of her miniature mentor AJ opts for romance and suddenly THWONK she's got the hottest guy at Benjamin Franklin High in loony tunes love with her.

But hav
Oct 28, 2009 Candi rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
So, I liked it, it's definitely worth reading. I also love love it when a teenage heroine (or any heroine) doesn't need a man at the ending to make her something. Although I really like the overall premise, my problems are these:
-too much shrieking, shouting, and shrillness
-yet another one child family with self-involved parents (is it that hard to write a story about someone with a sibling?)
-jumpy narrative, I had to keep flipping pages to make sure I hadn't missed anything
-ridiculously expensi
Sep 07, 2012 Melee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The main reason I read this is because I just wanted an easy YA read. But I also figured I could count on Joan Bauer to serve up something more intelligent than the general fare.

I think this is Joan Bauer's only book that has a magical element, but I ended up really liking how she did it. Jonathan the Cupid was the best character, really.
A.J.'s obsession with a boy obviously not worth it made me want to bang my head against a wall. I was incredibly grateful that Joan Bauer didn't offer up anoth
Jun 20, 2012 Jules rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So the book I read was all pink with a candy heart on the front. I was unashamedly looking for a romantic summer read. I usually shy away from purely chick lit fare but bucking the trend I grabbed this from the library cart shelf because it was pink and thought, it's just what I need! And crossed my fingers it was clean. It was very clean and surprisingly delightful. It is the antidote for all these love crossed teenagers I know who have unrealistic crushes on boys they don't even know. I have h ...more
Sweet. I'm liking Bauer more than the Cabot books, so I might have to modify my rating of those...or maybe not, but still, Bauer is pretty good. I learned all kinds of things. For example, I didn't know Cupids gave you a choice of three kinds of success, and we were just usually stupid enough to pick romance. See? teen love lit can change your world view.
Feb 26, 2016 Margie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If your teenager hasn't found the author, Joan Bauer, I would rush out and get the first book for her or him. As an older reader, I totally enjoy the two I have read so far, now to get another one.
Nov 27, 2008 Shiri rated it it was amazing
I started this book this morning and finished it around 1:30 ish and it is heart braking and just THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!
May 15, 2017 Christa rated it it was amazing
The main character A.J. is really good at photography as people have told her but she finds a cupid doll and he asked her is she would choose her profession, love or photography. She chose love over her favorite, photography. A.J. is one of those third wheel type of people, but she says in the book that she is popular as people have told her before. But she wasn't supposed to be popular. What made her popular was the cupid with to have love. The most popular boy in school fell in love with her a ...more
Mar 09, 2017 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cutesy quick read, with some substance.
Becky B
A.J. is a photographer. A photographer who seems destined to suffer broken relationships for her art. Well, that's what she says. Her parents say it is more like she falls in love too easily and doesn't really look beyond the surface of the guys she dates. But this is A.J.'s senior year, and she is desperate to finally make it to the Valentine's Day dance with a boyfriend. She has struck out all 3 previous years. And she doesn't want just any boyfriend. She wants Peter Terris, school heartthrob. ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Prima rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I struggled to finish through the second half of the book. It was too detail-y and got boring. I pretty much skimmed the last quarter of the book :/ never reading this author again.

I was assigned to write a book review so here is a more detailed review:

Thwonk was probably exactly what I had expected from it. The better, more popular books are always checked out, and I usually end up borrowing manga, so I have to pick up some novels for good measure. Since I'm in a rush and none of the books I am
Riya A.
A.J is a lovestruck teenager who has her eyes on a boy, Peter, who couldn’t care less about where or what she is doing. She is obsessed with him, to the point its creepy. Valentine’s day is around the corner, and she will do anything to have Peter. One day A.J comes across a cupid, Jonathan, who can help her artistically, academically, or romantically, and without even thinking she immediately chooses to have Peter fall in love with. She takes this decision without considering that “magic” comes ...more
May 25, 2011 Leslyann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome! I read some time ago and read it again. It’s still so awesome! I loved how Joan Bauer described everything and how it felt like you could actually see the pictures that A.J. (Allison Jean McCreary) took. When I was reading the book, and it got to the part about what Jonathan (the cupid) could help her with, I just knew what it was going to be. Artistic? Maybe. Academic? Probably. Romantic? Of course!
No matter how studious a girl is, she would jump at the chance for someone
Oct 14, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A.J. is a funny, self-deprecating narrator. She has a crush on Peter, the most popular boy at school, who takes absolutely no notice of her at all. A.J. is the photographer for the school newspaper, and when she's given an assignment to provide a cover photo for the Valentine's Day issue, she goes searching for the perfect picture. Cupids are everywhere, but she wants something more artisitc. Then she finds a stuffed cupid doll in the street and takes it home. The next day, it's come to life.

Jul 03, 2009 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In this cautionary tale, Allison Jean "AJ" McCreary learns to the importance of being careful what you wish for. When her parents go out of town, aspiring photographer AJ gets a surprise visit from her own personal cupid. Soon Allison learns that her cupid (Jonathan) can give her the one thing she has been wanting forever, her dream date to the King of Hearts dance. When Johnathan makes the most popular guy in school fall in love (or scary obsession) with AJ, she soon begins seeing things in a w ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Cassie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
I saw this through a post here on goodreads and checked it out from the library expecting a cute teen romance. It wasn't, not for me. The main caracter, A.J. McCreary stumbles on a stuffed cupid toy which then turns into the real deal. She's infatuated w/a popular boy and 'thwonk', she gets what she wants despite the cupid's advice. I prefer female charactes with a bit more self assurance than A.J. The story was not seamless enough for me to be a cute story. Giving the cupid an actual name made ...more
This is a light, humorous read that I very much enjoyed. With all the YA high school books out there, I'm wary of how "accurate" the authors choose to portray that life there that I had to endure once and would never repeat again no matter how much I grew from the experience. Bauer nailed certain aspects without being too uncomfortably detailed and still making you laugh about how pathetic teenagers and high school can be.

My second book to read by Bauer, and I loved it. Perfectly along the line
Jan 18, 2016 Veronikah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-comedy
A quick lighthearted book perfect to read after a book hangover and with a good message.

A.J. is a bit annoying with her high school crush and her tormented soul, but she's still relatable. She's passionate about her art - photography - but is approaching it the wrong angle. Then comes along a Cupid! Jonathan is his name and he's here to help A.J.

The thing I liked the most about this book was its message and how A.J. was so wrong about so much and learned with her mistakes. She's wrong about her
May 01, 2013 melydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A.J. McCreary is a teen photographer desperately in love with the unattainable Peter Terris. One day she is visited by a real life cupid who offers to make her dreams come true. Because she is a teen girl and without stupid decisions we wouldn't have a story, she immediately asks for Peter to fall in love with her. The whole thing pans out about as well as you'd expect it to, but the really interesting thing about this book is the photography angle. My favorite parts were A.J.'s experiences snap ...more
Mar 09, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen girls who want a light read, funny and romantic
Listening to this book on audio did not detract at all from the enjoyment of reading it. It was a fun story with a plot that was easy to follow, perfectly developed and perfectly resolved (which makes for a satisfying read). The romance was light and comedic, centered around the delightful absurdity of having your very own cupid to make cute boys fall in love with you. A.J. is an average high school girl, pretty but not very popular, the best photographer in the school, with allergies and an inc ...more
A.J. McCreary, aspiring photographer, who has named her dog Steiglitz, has not been lucky in love. Now she has a huge crush on Peter Terris, handsome and popular, but unfortunately going out with Julia Hart. Then Jonathan - a tiny cupid, complete with bow and arrows falls into her life and offers her a choice of services. He can help her with her professional life as an artist, help her academically to improve her grades, or help her romantically. With the King of Hearts dance coming up in a few ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The whole book, you will find, has a writing style that is apt to get on your nerves. There are, for example, many lines of dialog that don't sound quite right. It is, as you'll see, due to these little phrases being interjected right in the middle of the sentence. A few times, I think, would have been an effective writing technique, but it happens frequently throughout the book. It even, sadly, happens in places where it disrupts the narrative.

Aside from that, while the premise is interesting a
Jeanette Johnson
This was a cute story as Joan Bauer is a terrific storyteller but it is not my favorite of hers. The story is pretty average in the "be careful what you wish for" way. The dialogue is fun and the story moves quickly. Here is the review of what to expect.

A.J., a high school senior who is very serious about her future career as a photographer, is quickly approaching the final deadline for a big assignment: to take the cover photo for the Valentine's Day issue of her school paper. As it turns out,
Feb 06, 2014 Marielle rated it liked it
Shelves: school-books
I'm really not sure how to rate this book. I enjoyed it because it was funny; no matter what anyone says about it, A.J. is a really funny character at the beginning and I could find that I connected with her. However, after the cupid gets involved, A.J. turns into a crazy person, to the point that it no longer seemed realistic (well, as realistic as it could be with a live cupid in it). She was insane about some hot guy that she had never even talked to and she wasn't even willing to listen to t ...more
Nov 29, 2011 Tirzah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-modern
"Thwonk" is not the best of Bauer's works. Truthfully, it was kind of a disappointment. I feel the whole book centers on a dopey girl with an impossible crush on the stereotypical high school boy. Yes, there may be a lesson to be learned at the end, but that did not justify the boring plot throughout the book. Even the humor seemed a little weak-I wanted to like the cupid Johnathan and laugh at the supposed-to-be funny dialogue, but I could never get that to happen.

If you are a Joan Bauer fan (w
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July 12, 1951 - I was born at eleven A.M., a most reasonable time, my mother often said, and when the nurse put me in my mother's arms for the first time I had both a nasty case of the hiccups and no discernible forehead (it's since grown in). I've always believed in comic entrances.

As I grew up in River Forest, Illinois, in the 1950's, I seem to remember a
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“It was February sixth: eight days until Valentine's Day. I was dateless, as usual, deep in the vice grip of unrequited love. It was bad enough not having a boyfriend for New Year's Eve. Now I had to cope with Valentine datelessness, feeling consummate social pressure from every retailer in America who stuck hearts and cupids in their windows by January second to rub it in.” 40 likes
“Mom put dense cheddar bread into a bag for a man who said this was his wife's favorite - he'd driven all the way from New Jersey to buy it because today was their anniversary. Several women in the store jabbed their husbands on hearing this. I hung my head - Peter Terris wouldn't cross the street to buy me a Twinkie.” 20 likes
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