My first official read of summer, Love and Other Foreign Words was the perfect book to kick off what is sure to be a great summer of reading. At times...moreMy first official read of summer, Love and Other Foreign Words was the perfect book to kick off what is sure to be a great summer of reading. At times fun and profoundly deep, we meet Josie Sheridan, a girl in love with languages, trying to figure out the true nature of love. Josie is the youngest of three and has a way above average IQ. She is struggling to come to terms with her sister's marriage to a guy she doesn't approve of, her feelings for her new college professor and just surviving life. The kicker here is she's only 16, but because of her IQ, she attends college at the university in her hometown. She resides in many different worlds, all of which have their own language she must translate into Josie.
I immediately liked Josie, even though I couldn't really relate to her: I'm not 16, I'm not great with languages, etc. However, McCahan did an excellent job creating a really likable, sweet character. The relationship dynamics between Josie and her parents, between Josie and her sisters, Josie and her best friend, Josie and her college professor, are all clearly defined for the reader, but the reader is given the opportunity to make their own decisions about how they feel.
I found myself rooting for Josie, hoping she'd figure out how to make things work in the various relationships. Her relationship with her sister Kate was much more in-depth than her relationship with her sister Maggie. I would have liked to see Josie have more interaction with Maggie, in addition to more interaction with her parents. It felt like her parents were on the periphery of her life. This isn't a bad thing, though. The main character here is Josie and she is telling her story, in her way, without the aid of anyone else telling her what to feel.
There were a couple moments in the story that I really loved, between Josie and her best friend, Stu. I'd spoil the whole story if I told you what they are, but suffice to say, I "awwed" out loud when they happened. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, although Love and Other Foreign Words is definitely a stand-alone, which was a refreshing change. So many books, especially in the YA genre are written with two or more sequels in mind. Again, this is not a bad thing. It's just a nice change to read a book and come to the end knowing the story is complete.
McCahan has a solid grip on the young adult market and I look forward to reading her other book.
Disclaimer: I received this book from BookSparks PR as part of their summer reading challenge. I was given a copy of the book to read, but no other compensation was provided.
This was a quick read and helped things click for me, but I would have liked to see more. Also, there were some typos that made the flow of the book p...moreThis was a quick read and helped things click for me, but I would have liked to see more. Also, there were some typos that made the flow of the book problematic.(less)
I read this in preparation for my new job at the UNR Writing Center. It's a pretty cut and dry book. There's nothing fluffy or fun about the text. The...moreI read this in preparation for my new job at the UNR Writing Center. It's a pretty cut and dry book. There's nothing fluffy or fun about the text. The authors get to the point and anticipate that the book will be used as a learning tool. I have a feeling I'll be referencing it often.(less)