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by Suzanne Selfors

Mad Love download ebook
ISBN:
1408819627
ISBN13:
978-1408819623
Author:
Suzanne Selfors
Publisher:
Bloomsbury UK (June 1, 2011)
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Pages:
336 pages
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1268 kb
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1261 kb
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Literature & Fiction
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Rating:
4.1

Home Suzanne Selfors Mad Love. A few weeks ago I’d promised autographed books for a bookstore event, figuring that my mother would be around to sign the books, no problem.

Home Suzanne Selfors Mad Love. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24. For my grandmother, Maxine McLauchlan. But today was event day and Mom wasn’t here. I gripped one of the midnight blue, fine-tip pens that she preferred.

I enjoyed the first few chapters of MAD LOVE, as readers get to know Alice and her circumstances, but the Eros parts, about half the book were silly. I had expected more of the mental health angle.

Ships from and sold by betterlife24. Ships from and sold by OPALICK. I enjoyed the first few chapters of MAD LOVE, as readers get to know Alice and her circumstances, but the Eros parts, about half the book were silly. MAD LOVE is a novel that can't decide what it wants to no, lighthearted magical tale, or a more serious story about the impact of having a mentally ill parent. In the end neither is particularly well done.

Suzanne Selfors is the author of Coffeehouse Angel and Saving Juliet. She held a number of jobs before becoming a writer, including children's photographer, video producer, organic flower grower, and marketing director. She lives in Washington.

When you're the daughter of a best-selling romance writer, life should be pretty good. But for 16-year-old Alice Amorous, daughter of the Queen of Romance, life is an agonizing lie. Her mother's been secretly hospitalized for mental illness, and Alice has been putting on a brave front, answering fan letters, forging her mother's signature, telling the publisher that all is well. But the next book is due and the Queen can't write it. Alice needs a story for her mother. And she needs one fast

Neither Realm nor I said a word. We’d never seen Mrs. Bobot so upset. She clung to the steering wheel like a woman hanging off the edge of a cliff

Suzanne Selfors lives on an island in Puget Sound where rain falls like music, slugs make love. The Green Children of Woolpit by J. Anderson Coats. I read lots of middle grade and honestly, it's rare when I can't put a book down. 4 October at 19:48 ·. Public.

Suzanne Selfors lives on an island in Puget Sound where rain falls like music, slugs make love.

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 hospitalised for mental illness. After putting on a brave face 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!
Reviews:
  • Nejind
Alice Amorous, 16 year old daughter of the best selling writer Queen of Romance, isn't living the glamorous life of a princess. She's too busy running interference between her mom's publisher and the bank while running the house. Nobody but a few neighbors know her mother isn't doing much of anything while in the hospital suffering from severe bipolar disorder. Alice barely has time to crush on a cute new guy in the neighborhood. Complicating things is a pesky kid who thinks he's Errol aka Eros and Alice is his Psyche.

I enjoyed the first few chapters of MAD LOVE, as readers get to know Alice and her circumstances, but the Eros parts, about half the book were silly. I had expected more of the mental health angle. MAD LOVE is a novel that can't decide what it wants to no, lighthearted magical tale, or a more serious story about the impact of having a mentally ill parent. In the end neither is particularly well done. I believe that mental illness should be portrayed accurately in literature, especially YA novels. A 16 yo would never be allowed to live alone while her parents was incompetent to care for her, even if the neighbors looked out for her. I've worked in psych hospitals and minor children are not the go-to contacts for patients. Patients don't simply respond to meds after months, go missing and then get released a few days later. The writing was adequate, and with a better plot, might even be considered good, parsing out the writing from the plot was too difficulty.

Even though the book isn't terrible, I still don't recommend it.
  • Azago
I think any book after I read after Days of Blood & Starlight would have been a disappointment, mostly because the Laini Taylor book was the best thing I've read all year. But this is still a cute, fluffy read - it just wasn't what I was expecting.

I wanted something light and funny, something less emotionally investing than the Laini Taylor book. But this actually had some serious themes that were surprising. First, Alice's mom is bipolar, so there's a lot of talk about that. Then, there's Cupid, who's really sick. And Alice is sort of depressed herself, so there's some definite downer themes. But I feel like if you're going to talk about stuff like bipolar disorder, then the story needs to be really good to deal with it in a good way. Unfortunately, I didn't find this story engaging enough to make me care about Alice and her mother.

I did, however, like that the boy Alice likes is Korean. I didn't even notice that at first because it's never really mentioned except one time. I liked that - that Suzanne Selfors didn't make a big deal about it, making it seem totally normal. Most of the time with cross cultural romance, that's one of the central themes of the book, which to me, makes it still seem different. But with having one and not drawing attention to it, I thought Ms. Selfors showed it in a positive and normal way.

There were also some really funny moments that were the best part of the story for me. When Alice is hit with Cupid's arrow, there's some hilarious moments. I wished there had been more of those.

Overall, this was just okay. It had some funny bits, but I wish it had been funnier than it was serious.
  • Fato
In my opinion, and it is only an opinion, Ms. Selfors weaves magic with her words. "Loneliness had moved into my apartment as if it had no better place to go. It rubbed up against me like a hungry cat when I stepped inside."

Alice is not strong, she's not brave and she's not confident that she is not losing her mind. At the age of 16, she has, it seems, the entire weight of the world on her shoulders. Her mother is bipolar and hospitalized, not responding to the medical treatmernt she is receiving. Alice is forced to handle all her mother's affairs in secret. The world can't be allowed to know the Queen of Romance is mentally ill, so she lives a lie. Her mother's next novel is past due and the publisher is threatening to sue. Their money has run out and the hospital is threatening to throw her mother out. She had to leave her private school to finish her high school degree online so she could take care of her mother's business. It's a lot to deal with. The only three people who know are the three tenants in the apartment building who were there before Alice's mom bought the building. And they don't know all the things that Alice has had to do to keep up the charade for the rest of the world. Alice lives in the shadows. She feels she can't let anyone into her life because they can't find out the truth. She promised her mother she'd keep their secret. Even when she gets asked out by a cute guy, she has to refuse because she can't let him in on her situation. So she shuts him out even as she wishes she could let him in.

The she meets Errol. He wants her to write his story, the story about the love of his life and perhaps the greatest love story ever told. There's only one problem; he claims to be Cupid. She refuses, but things start to happen in her life that she can only accept as proof that she has inherited her mother's condition. She is convinced he has mental issues as well, but decides to help him and in so doing, help herself. If she can manage to write his story, she can pass it off as her mother's new novel and their financial worries will be over. During the process, however, she finds herself starting to care deeply about his story and realizes maybe he's not so crazy after all.