I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Perfect for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell, Love and Other Foreign Words is equal parts comedy and coming of age–a whip-smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud love story about sisters, friends, and what it means to love at all.
Can anyone be truly herself–or truly in love–in a language that’s not her own?
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 gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn’t always like, and the best friend who hasn’t said a word–at least not in a language Josie understands
Do you like books about intelligent girls and out of the norm love stories? Of course you do, what a silly question! Love and Other Foreign Words fits that description perfectly and I think you need to pick it up right away.
I looooved Erin McCahan’s first novel, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else. Really, I recommend it all.the.time. It goes without saying that I’ve been looking forward to her next book for some time. I’m so thrilled to say that it was just as fun and endearing as I wanted it to be.
Josie isn’t just a smart girl, no, she’s a gifted girl. IQ off the charts kind of smart. Her love for her family and friends makes her easy to relate to and it’s easy to join forces with her in hating Geoffrey. Ugh, what a annoying, infuriating guy. There’s lots of characters in the book and McCahan does such a wonderful job of bringing them all to life. I really felt connected to each one. Josie was one of those characters that I wish I could get an update on in 10 years. Just because I know she’d be up to something amazing and fascinating.
Like I mentioned before, this isn’t your typical YA love story. Josie is a little naive when it comes to boys but I enjoyed watching her chart this unknown territory so much. One of the things I loved most about her was her honesty. She never beat around the bush. She told just about everyone exactly how she felt all the time. It was refreshing.
Love and Other Foreign Words was a great start to my summer reading list. It definitely needs to be on your list as well. You can’t go wrong with this one!