Review: Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


From the Publisher:

Love and Other Foreign WordsSixteen-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

My Review:

First off, I need to say that I am thoroughly loving this summer reading challenge! I am very good at reading through the professional books in my work library (and I’m always adding more), but in the evenings I tend to get sucked into Facebook, or Candy Crush, or binge watching [easyazon_link asin=”B009RX7WTI” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”dakotapamcom-20″]Grey’s Anatomy[/easyazon_link] on Netflix.

This reading challenge came at just the right time, and with all new to me authors! I am like a kid in a candy store with a new book to dive into every week!

[easyazon_link asin=”0803740514″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”dakotapamcom-20″]Love and Other Foreign Words[/easyazon_link] was a fun read. I am drawn to YA fiction partially because once upon a time I planned to teach middle school English, but mostly because I devoured every YA book written in the 1980s. . . I was addicted.

[easyazon_link asin=”0803740514″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”dakotapamcom-20″]Love and Other Foreign Words[/easyazon_link] is particularly interesting, because Josie, the protagonist is living a life that my little girls will probably lead. Josie is the youngest child, living at home and interacting with her older, married and newly engaged sisters. While my girls don’t have older sisters, they do have older brothers, and I suspect that as teens they will have strong opinions on the choice of wives their brothers make.

I enjoyed Josie’s descriptions of other languages and her understanding that different people communicate differently.  This was a light, fun, read, and I found myself laughing out loud at parts.

About the Author:

ErinMcCahanErin McCahan is the author of the YA book[easyazon_link asin=”0545088186″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”dakotapamcom-20″]I Now Pronounce You Someone Else[/easyazon_link](Scholastic, June 2010). Erin’s debut novel was a 2010 Cybils Award finalist.  She grew up in Michigan and worked extensively with teenagers before beginning her writing career. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!