Love and Other Foreign Words
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 ge ...more
Such a fun, entertaining read. I love Josie’s preciseness in every language she chooses to speak. She’s the kind of girl who wants to make sure that she and the other party involved in every communication should share similar language. The moment she doesn’t understand another person’s language is her ultimate tragedy so when her sister Kate announces her engagement to Geoff spelled with a P, Josie resolves to make her older sister see that he isn’t right for her even if it has to take Josie to ...more
I actually only picked up Love and Other Foreign Words on a whim during a bookstore sale. I had previously read a positive review of the novel (that definitely mentioned a lot of things I think I'd enjoy) and put it in the back of my mind. Luckily, this novel did not disappoint.
First off, I'd like to commend Erin McCahan's different spin on what you'd call a generic story. We've all heard of stories with teens falling in love--but what if one teen didn't understand the definition of love?
This book follows Josie navigating through the world of 'love' and trying to understand it. It all begins when her older sister announces that she is engaged to a insufferable man named Geoff. Now when he was first introduced ...more
Cuando vi que este libro estaba recomendado por Rainbow Rowell, pensé “desastre inminente”. A mí no me había gustado Eleanor & Park, así que, cómo podría confiar en un libro recomendado por su autora. Sin embargo, abrí el libro y lean bien: ME OBLIGUÉ A EMPEZARLO.
Por fortuna, desde las primeras líneas me sentí enganchada. La voz de Josie es de lo más fresca y peculiar. Ella es la hija menor, la que llegó de manera inesperada y es una chica genio, por lo mismo, tiene muchas características...more
“I’ll try for Kate’s sake,” I say. “But if he uses the word adolescent again while I am one, I’m going to have to insist they break up. At least until I’m twenty-one.”
Meet Josie. The young adult genre's equivalent of Don Tillman. Gifted with an IQ that grants her genius status. She's quite brilliant when it comes to hard facts. Not so great when it comes to love. When her older sister is getting married to a man Josie declares to be all wrong for her, she insist they break up. And when her ...more
Today, 19th November 2015, I decided to give it a try and now all I can say is, "Leon knows me well."
Josie is a weird girl. She sometimes comes of as a genius & funny but other times shes just plainly irritating but tolerable-and-can-still-be-loved kind of irritating. Sometimes shes rude ...more
(view spoiler)[Was is supposed to be a surprise the Stu and Josie would end up liking each other?? Because the moment it was clarified they weren't related (really, before that too, only the page or two that it seemed like they were) I totally saw that coming. I skipped to the ending to make sure I was right.
Josie comes off as this weird mix of young but super smart that isn't working for me. ...more
Josie's need to understand love comes to a head when her sister introduces her fiance to the family. Geoff is pr ...more
This book also achieved ...more
How will Josie cope and how can she escape her con ...more
La novela comienza cuando el mundo de Josie es sacudido por el inesperado compromiso de su hermanísima del alma, Kate, y no es eso en realidad lo que preocupa a Josie, lo que le resulta sumamente molesto en realid ...more
Finished reading: November 25th 2015
“In someone else's language, you become a visitor, a guest - sometimes a very welcome guest received with shrieks and hugs - but still always a guest. Because as soon as you stop speaking the native language of the group, you stop being one of the group. And then you're just alone, no matter who you're with.”
I'm not sure if it's because I misread the blurb, because I actually studied sociolinguistics back in Uni or because it's simply that b ...more
The only thing that made "Love and Other Foreign Words" not be a total "OH MY GOD, I LOVE IT SO MUCH" read for me was the pacing at the start and the time frame that this story includes, both were connected. I don't remember exactly how much time it passes during this book but I do remember that is more than a year, this unusual on contemporary novel and for me, even when talking about fantasy/dystopian books they usually only include a week or month of someones lif ...more
Erin McCahan's Love and Other Foreign Words is a novel I was excited to read. I had heard good things and I enjoyed most parts of her previous YA, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, particularly the writing and character development. Love and Other Foreign Words had those aspects plus a storyline I as able to love more so I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Josie is a genius but this means she is often out of the loop when it comes to how ave ...more
Love and Other Foreign Words is a bad copy of any book written by Rainbow Rowell. And by that, I mean BAD. The female characters are disgusting! Josie is snotty little brat, who's hobby is proving everyone that her IQ test told her she's smarter than everyone. Kate is a total bitch and a psychopath. Sophie is so dumb it hurts. E ...more
Me encantó la protagonista. Me sacó muchas carcajadas y adoré su sarcasmo. Aaaaunque me sacó de quicio en algunos momentos.
La hermana me caía bien al principio y luego me desesperó al final. Muy infantil y caprichosa por momentos.
La trama me gustó y aunque me venía venir el cliché (e incluso admito que lo deseaba) al final no me terminó de gustar como sucedió. Lo sentí ...more
This was super funny, fast and entertaining. I laughed until this book showed how hard it can be to communicate with others, then I laughed some more after a good cry. Josie is a 15 year old genius that loves different languages, she recognizes the importance of words and family. When her older sister announces she's marrying a guy that Josie dislikes, she begins a simple yet phenomenal journey to try to define love.
"When I’m not speaking Josie, I am merely acting. We all are wh ...more
-“Observant, sarcastic, compelling, and very funny . . . this thoroughly enjoyable read is a seductive invitation to relax and let life happen.” —Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)
"[An] inviting, thoughtful novel." —The Chicago Tribune
"A dazzlingly hilarious trifecta of awkward growing pains, social gaffes, and the romance that will warm your heart forever . . . Erin McCah ...more