Valentine's Day Celebration: Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors Review

February 13, 2013

MAD LOVE BY SUZANNE SELFORS - The Perfect Book for Valentine's Day

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 needs to deliver a new novel for her mother--and she needs to come up with one fast. That's when she meets Errol, a strange guy claiming to be Cupid, who insists that Alice must write about his tragic romance with Psyche--the greatest love story of all time. Only, Alice doesn't believe in Cupid....

Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors is the perfect book to read this Valentine's. It has everything from Relationships, to Love stories, to Cupid. And whilst covering these fluffy topics it deals with the story of a young girl whose mother suffers from bipolar disorder creating a lot more depth then expected.

The story line was intriguing and different and was told so well from Alice's point of view because we immediately sensed her emotions and what she had to deal with, which was a lot. She had a lot of strength and I sympathised with her and every other relative of a bipolar victim.

The whole idea of writing a story under a strict deadline when - A. Your not a writer and B. You are writing Cupid's story with a guy who says he is Cupid - instantaneously intrigued me. I mean along with that and your secret life that nobody knows about, it's a lot to deal with. Especially with the edition of Alice's crush on Skateboard guy who must never know about any of it.

Tony aka Skateboard guy was absolutely tooth-ache sweet. With all of Alice's un-explained weirdness he still accepted her. Errol and Realm were also interesting characters because the both had stories of their own to tell and they were ones who you didn't at first like or expect to. Errol  first comes across as the crazy and depressed stalker guy who just won't take no for an answer. But as the story grows he too grows on you.

The main character in Mad Love was Alice and she was a really interesting character. Because in some ways she wasn't strong and had every right to fall apart and sometimes in some small ways did. But at the same time she kept it together the best she could and had to step up and be the adult in the situation which to me makes her strong. She was determined and strong-willed, but also caring. 

This was my first Suzanne Selfors book and I really enjoyed it. It was one I picked up for my 10 Books Challenge and then didn't read till a few weeks later when I had nothing else to read. Now I am really happy I read it. While Mad Love involved magic and love it still was a realistic and deep read, and even a tad thought-provoking.

My Mad Love Rating: 4 and a half.

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