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3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,425 Ratings  ·  170 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 ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jan 17, 2009 Ash rated it liked it
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 10, 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
Apr 20, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 28, 2016 Margie rated it really liked it
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.
Riya A.
Nov 03, 2014 Riya A. rated it liked it
Shelves: form-ii, goal-reading
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
Jan 20, 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
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 06, 2014 Marielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 17, 2014 Wendy rated it it was ok
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
Nov 27, 2008 Shiri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book this morning and finished it around 1:30 ish and it is heart braking and just THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!
Apr 04, 2008 Noodle added it
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
Jul 03, 2009 Melanie rated it it was ok
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
May 31, 2011 Leslyann rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 24, 2012 Prima rated it it was ok
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
Oct 27, 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.

Jan 29, 2013 Cassie rated it it was ok
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
Katy Vance
Aug 09, 2015 Katy Vance rated it did not like it
I really, really didn't like this book. The only reason I finished it was I was on a train and it was that or watch a bunch of people sleep.

Annoying central character, lessons that are obvious from the first page and supporting chatterers that are flat and boring. It's like all the possible high school stereotypes but without any complexity at all.

Cupid is stupid.

I would recommend people go read The Truth About Forever if they want romance.
Jun 21, 2015 H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
AJ is a high school senior with plans to turn photography into her career. I was good with that start. Without giving too much away, the "be careful what you wish for" theme went too far. It reads like middle grades, but the romantic theme is not likely to interest many boys--My son didn't like it. It was an easy read, although the last chapter and epilogue dragged out too long. The adults are present and educated, but I didn't buy the dad.
May 06, 2013 melydia rated it really liked it
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
Pyrate Queen
Jul 27, 2016 Pyrate Queen rated it really liked it
A.J. McCreary has just run into Cupid, literally. He falls off the back of a truck and lands in the street. But only she can him, to everyone else, he is just a stuffed doll. He's on a mission to help A.J- academically, artistically and/or romantically- only she must choose, and wisely, as the repercussions can be unpredictable and sometimes undesired.
Aug 22, 2015 Melanie rated it liked it
The story was interesting. Thwonk is the sound Cupid's arrow makes. AJ suffers the teenage need to have a guy, but then she suffers when she gets one. Moments of the story were quite funny. I enjoyed the relationships AJ had with her friends and family--quite realistic. At times I thought I had seen a movie like this. It would probably be a good one.
Feb 23, 2016 Joe rated it really liked it
When I first got this book, I originally did not think I would like it. I could not put this book down, despite the cliches and bad writing. Allison Jean, aka A.J. is depicted very accurately as a lovesick teenager. Throughout this book I just kept telling myself, this is why the movies always said you cannot wish for someone to love you.
Jan 25, 2016 Kristy rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This was one of my kids summer reading books. I thought I would check out what schools were listing as acceptable reading. The story was cute and is meant to show young people what should be important over popularity. The young girl in the story discovers what is important to her and what she is looking for to be successful and happy.
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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.

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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.” 21 likes
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