Friday, May 16, 2014

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

Publication: May 1, 2014

Publisher: Dial Books

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.

Josie is very smart, sweet, and likes to think about things logically, with facts and numbers. She cares deeply for her family. And it was interesting to see how she interacts with others, like her sisters and her best friend Stu.
When her sister Kate comes over and introduces her fiancée Geoff to the family, Josie doesn’t particularly like it.  Josie cannot seem to fathom why in the world Kate is in love with Geoff to begin with.  Which is mostly due to the fact that Josie is a teenager and doesn’t quite understand much about falling in love and following your heart.
So she sets out with a plan to essentially ruin Kate’s wedding because she doesn’t believe they are right for each other. While she sets her plan in motion, she begins to question what love really is and how it works.
Even though I didn’t really relate to her, I was still able to enjoy Josie and the story-line. It was a little predictable, but I didn’t mind it. It’s a funny, sweet, and all around cute story.

RATING: 3½  out of 5.

**I received this book on behalf of the publisher in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion. Thank you.**


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  1. I can imagine the disaster Josie will bring. Seems like a promising read. I have a feeling I won't be able to relate much to Josie too... Thanks for sharing your review!


  2. Thanks for checking out the review Michelle!