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Mad Love: Suzanne Selfors

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Good Reads Summary:
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 needs one fast.
That's when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol's voice in her head and see things she can't explain, she must face the truth—that she's either inherited her mother's madness, or Errol is for real.

This book was shockingly good for being a twist on a Greek myth.  The characters were well-developed and the reader will grow to know the main characters very well.  The plot was interesting and unique; the fact that the author addressed bipolar disorder is a huge plus, especially because the author clearly did her research on the disorder and integrated it so well into the story.  Anorexia also is mentioned and even explored in the novel, the main character's best friend, Realm, suffers from the disorder.  The main character herself is a teenager with too much on her plate due to her bipolar afflicted mother and her withdrawn, sad best friend.  Errol, aka Cupid, comes into the main character's life in an opportune time and gives her a chance to save her mother's amazing romance author reputation.  The main character, Alice, also grapples with her growing attraction to a skater boy.  The book has romance, action, and comedy/drama with a healthy dose of strong emotion; the author really portrays the emotions of the characters in the book to the point of where they are tangible to the reader.  The ending is a satisfactory one, the reader will not be disappointed.  This book is great for young adult/teens who still believe in star crossed romance.