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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,947 ratings  ·  301 reviews
When you're the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can't write it. Alice needs a story for her mother-and she ne ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Walker & Company (first published November 18th 2010)
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Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amelia, free market Puritan
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Book Concierge

From the book jacket: As the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life for sixteen-year-old Alice Amorous should be pretty good. But ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness, Alice has been forced to maintain a brave front – lying to her new crush, Tony; answering fan letters; forging her mother’s signature; telling the publisher that all is well. Now time is running out, and so is their money. The next book is overdue and the Queen can’t write it. Alice
Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛

Well, that was certainly interesting. Suzanne Selfor's writing gets very mixed reviews, and I can honestly see why. Her stories are very strange indeed, setting fantasy or magical creatures and events in the real world, in very contemporary settings, yet in my opinion, it works. They are very plausible, which is always my biggest problem with reading stories like this: they aren't made plausible in the slightest.

Anyway, I really liked this. While it's not my favorite novel
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mine, ebook, read-2014
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 ;)
Julie (Struck by Stories)
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun fact - this book was originally published on my birthday (November 18th)!
Nicole Dyzel
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is honestly my favorite book. I've read it at least 4 times and have just started rereading it again. ...more
Jade Walker
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2010
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
Jessica Saylor
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
If you're looking for a cute read that touches on serious topics then you need look no further, Mad Love is the book for you.

I really enjoyed Mad Love. It was a very cute read, but it definitely wasn't the fluffy type of cute. It touched on some very serious issues and I thought it had a great underlying theme.

The characters were pretty okay in this book. I didn't love them all the time, but they all kind of grew on me. You don't get too developed in the characters lives
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
Sara Grochowski
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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
Sarah Rosenberger
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
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 23, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I like Suzanne Selfors writing, she creates characters that instantly pull you in.

Alice is struggling with keeping her mother’s illness secret. Instead of being in school she’s taking on-line courses, answering fan-mail and representing her mother at events. Then her mother’s publisher writes to say that unless they get Belinda Amorous's next book they’ll recover the advance. With hospital bills piling high Alice knows she has to fix this, just like everything else.

Alice isn’t the only character
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Lara Thompson
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just in time for Valentine's Day!
This book is the story of Cupid with his true love to Psyche story to be told, the true version this time.

The main character Alice is the daughter of a popular romance writer who is admitted to a mental hospital for her bipolar and related problems. Alice has to write a novel to fulfill her mom's contract or owe the publishing company the huge advance on the book. Cupid comes along seeming like a complete nutter claiming it's her destiny to write his story.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!!!!!!
Jocelyn Romero
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Selfors, S. (2011). Mad Love. New York: Walker & Company.

323 pages.

Appetizer: Alice has been telling a lot of lies lately. She's had to. The biggest lie is that her mom, a semi-famous romance author, is "overseas," researching her next book. The reality is far less glamorous, and despite being tired of the lies, Alice does everything she can to maintain her family's secrets. This becomes almost impossible though, when the family savings are close to gone, her mom's publisher is demanding the ne
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mad Love
4/5 stars

This book was so cute. And obviously perfectly appropriate for the Valentines season.

The Plot:
Was very well put together, it took a while before stuff really started happening but eventually once the ball got rolling it was very exciting to follow.

I loved getting both the story in present day and the past and felt like all the characters were really fleshed out.


I don't know why but I didn't really care for Alice the first half of the book, even though she wa
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't understand. This book is very adorable and nice and heartwarming but why do I didn't see people talking about this book? This book deserves lots of more attention. It's perfect light reading about love, family, friendship, neighbourhood. Though I have to admit that for some reason I cried a lot during reading this book. I'm so weak when it's talking about mental health.

The book talking about Alice, a daughter of super famous romance writer, Belinda. Apparently Belinda suffered Bipolar D
Gigi Maroulis
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book, I genuinely thought I wouldnt finish it, cause I just got really bored with it. I read until page 90 something, and that's when things got interesting to the point I read from page 90 something to the ending in just one day. Though there were a couple of things I didnt like (which mainly had to do with all the rejection on Alice's part to write Errol's book), the message to accept who you are and to not be afraid of that, definitely made it worthwhile, and ...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.

Please visit her at to learn more about her books.


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