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Between the strict social ladder (geeks' lockers left, jocks' to the right), and silly, pointless rules (no hand-holding, no kissing, no breathing!), high school is the single worst place to find a boyfriend. And Laura Sweeney is no exception. She hasn't had a date since...well, ever.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. So Laura is calling in the big guns. She needs ...

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Dating in high school is like reality TV. It can get pretty surreal.
Between the strict social ladder (geeks' lockers left, jocks' to the right), and silly, pointless rules (no hand-holding, no kissing, no breathing!), high school is the single worst place to find a boyfriend. And Laura Sweeney is no exception. She hasn't had a date since...well, ever.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. So Laura is calling in the big guns. She needs guidance. A proven "get the guy" strategy. Luckily she knows exactly the expert to call. He's a matchmaking mastermind who actually has the bow and arrow to prove it. Let's just call him...Cupid.

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In this fourth addition to the Romantic Comedy imprint, mythology-obsessed Laura jokingly pleads to Jupiter to send her a boyfriend, and the Roman gods literally come out of retirement to make it happen. They send Cupid, disguised as a beautiful teen calling herself Cupidity, to Laura's Ohio high school. But the disguise will run out in 25 days, so time is precious. While Cupidity attracts plenty of admirers (mostly male), she also makes enemies (mostly female)-and she uses her magic bow and arrow to make some love mismatches (one including Laura's obvious true love, Peter, and the girlfriend of sought-after Jake). Laura starts to suspect the odd girl, but just as she's putting the pieces together, Laura accidently shoots arrows at Cupidity and the school rebel, causing them to fall in love-and Cupidity to forget her true identity.Now Laura has to find out how to break the spells before Cupid's disguise wears off (conveniently timed with the night of the school Homecoming Dance). The author mixes some funny and creative details into her novel, such as the Mount Olympus Retirement Home in Tarzana, Calif., where the gods currently reside, and readers may enjoy the twists on Roman mythology. Otherwise, this fluffy novel follows a predictable trajectory, and readers may bore of the goose chase even before the big dance climax. Ages 14-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 7-9-This chaotic story of mismatched love mixes together the residents of the Mount Olympus Retirement Home, gods and goddesses, and the entire social structure of Fimbrey High School. Laura Sweeney, 17, is desperate for a boyfriend. She loves Roman mythology and often regales those around her with the tales. After she half-heartedly sends Jupiter an anguished plea to send her a boyfriend, misstep follows goof, and Laura wonders if she can locate Venus so that order will be restored. This is an interesting stab at combining teen romance with some lively mythological figures. However, the zaniness becomes tiring, and the story ultimately seems stilted.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780689872280
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Romantic Comedies Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 14 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Chapter Eight

Smart Cody, thought Laura the moment she opened her front door and saw her date for Friday evening. Cody had enlisted a guy from another high school but of the same tribe as himself — a scruffy, handsome skater dude with spiky, dyed-auburn hair. Laura was reminded of Peter, who had real red hair, but she quickly put that image out of her mind.

"Laura Sweeney, this is my bud Rip Durkens," offered Cody, sounding like the perfect host. Cupidity stood on the step behind her date, looking pleased at his show of good manners. "Rip's a senior, too," added Cody. "He goes to the charter school down at the mall."

"Hi," said the scrawny skater, giving her a wry smile. "I didn't know what to expect, but Cody never steers me wrong." He was charming, especially for someone who was trying to act tough, and Laura was definitely attracted to him.

Down, girl, she told herself. You have no idea if Rip even wants to be on this date, or how long it's going to last. So just enjoy it for what it is.

"Cupidity never steers me wrong either," lied Laura, trying to fit in with the theme of the evening. As she stepped out of the house, she yelled back, "Bye! We're leaving now!"

Nobody answered, because her parents were hiding again. The four students walked slowly to the car, and Laura asked, "So what's the plan? Burgers and a movie?" That's what they had talked about earlier, and she hoped it would be a somewhat normal date.

"Burgers, for sure," answered Cody, "then we've got a couple of parties to go to. And maybe we'll end up at Cupidity's place for a private party."

Hmmmm, thought Laura, not certain she liked the sound of that. "Is your dad home?" she asked Cupidity.

"No," Cupidity answered with a flip of her perfect blond hair. "Daddy Dearest went back to California last night. He just wanted to make sure I was settled in."

Cody laughed appreciatively and turned to his friend. "Rip, can you believe it? Cupidity lives alone. No parents around."

"Niiice," replied Rip, casting a sidelong glance at Laura, who tried not to appear too sultry. "Cody and me are going to get a place, as soon as we graduate."

"Shouldn't college or a job come first?" asked Cupidity as they reached her car. Even though the air was getting chilly, she still had the top down.

"Ahh, we'll be on the pro skateboard circuit by then," answered Rip confidently. "You should see us on the half-pipe."

While they talked about their fantastic future, Laura walked to the rear of the car. She felt her back pocket to make sure she still had the picture of Cupid and his bow. "Cupidity," she called. "I've got this heavy purse — do you think I could throw it in your trunk?"

"Sure," Cupidity replied. Pulling a lever under the dashboard, she popped the trunk lid while she made conversation with the boys.

While they were occupied, Laura looked inside the trunk and saw the duffel bag she knew so well. Even though no archery was planned for tonight's date, Cupidity had still brought her bow and arrows with her, which was rather suspicious. Knowing this wasn't the right time to get nosy, Laura dropped her purse into the trunk and shut the lid.

Rip gallantly held the car door open for her with one hand while he pulled the front seat forward with the other. Laura could've jumped into the back seat, but this was nicer. As Laura climbed in, she began to worry about what Cupidity might have planned for them this evening. If she really was a female Cupid, then she was like a god. She could strike without warning, and Laura might find herself crazy in love with a wild skater boy by the end of the night. The prospect of turning into a love zombie, like Peter and Megan, made her shiver.

Suddenly frightened, Laura almost bolted from the car, but Cupidity started the engine and roared away from the curb, tires squealing. Cody laughed merrily at her reckless driving, and Laura buckled her seat belt. She felt a wiry arm around her shoulder, because Rip was already getting friendly. He didn't even need to be hit by a magic arrow.

"So what are you into?" Rip asked her. "What do you like to do in your spare time?"

"Well," she mused, "I had a job at the Dairy Queen, but I quit that when school started. I like to read."

"Read?" echoed Rip, as if he had never heard of such a thing. "Like what, magazines?"

"Greco-Roman mythology," she answered hesitantly.

Cupidity laughed and said, "Yeah, Laura is really into that stuff — all those silly gods and goddesses."

That remark ticked Laura off, and she decided to give Cupidity a little test. When they stopped at a traffic light, she said, "There are some great love stories in mythology, like Cupid and Psyche. Psyche was the most beautiful woman in the world, and Venus got jealous of her. So she sent her son, Cupid, to make Psyche fall in love with a monster, but instead Cupid fell in love with Psyche. But he was so short and funny-looking that Psyche ran away from him."

"Funny-looking?" scoffed Cupidity. "She never saw him — Cupid was invisible. It was all her stupid sisters!"

Cody gave his date a quizzical stare. "Oh, so you're an expert, too. But look at your name!" He laughed as if he was the first one who had ever made the connection.

Cupidity chuckled uneasily and glanced back at Laura. "I'm no expert...but I happen to know that story." As the light changed, she peeled away from the line.

They drove to the Gaslight, a 1950s-style diner where the waitresses wore poodle skirts and beehive wigs. It was a good enough place to get a burger, and Laura ate while Cody and Rip told stories about each other's exploits on skateboards, snowboards, and rollerblades. They were a mutual admiration society, and they were both ready to go pro, by their assessment.

All through dinner, Laura caught Cupidity gazing curiously at her, as if measuring her for an arrow. When Laura mouthed the word "What?" Cupidity shook her head and looked away. Even though her father had left, his visit still seemed to be having an effect on Cupidity. Tonight the new girl seemed uncertain, troubled, and just as real as anyone, and Laura began to feel guilty for thinking such bizarre thoughts about her.

I'm crazy, thought Laura. She's just trying to do me a favor, and I'm so suspicious of her. How can I be so ungrateful?

While the boys were laughing at each other's stories, Laura reached over and touched Cupidity's arm. "Hey, cheer up. I'm having a great time. I want to thank you for doing this."

Cupidity brightened. "Are you really? Good, I was beginning to think that it was all for nothing. You do want a boyfriend, don't you?"

"Yes, but it's got to be the right one," answered Laura. "Any dude off the street...I could do that myself."

"Am I 'any dude off the street'?" asked Rip with a chuckle. "What are you guys talking about?"

"Blind dates," answered Laura, lifting her glass of soda. "I'm all for blind dates. Here's to blind dates!" She hefted her drink in a toast, and everyone joined her.

"To blind dates!" they echoed.

"And you are not 'any dude off the street,'" Laura told Rip, shooting him what she hoped was a sexy look over the top of her glasses. He seemed appreciative, and he set down his burger to reach for her hand. It was a greasy grip, but Laura didn't yank her hand away. She had to get through this date as gracefully as possible and stop worrying about Cupidity.

After dinner, they jumped back into the convertible and took off, this time with Cody driving. It was so cold in the back seat that Laura welcomed the extra warmth when Rip sat close and put his arm around her. At one point he tried to kiss her, but Cupidity turned around and interrupted them. Laura couldn't tell if that was on purpose or not, but she was too cold to do anything but cuddle with Rip.

After a while they found themselves cruising the rust-belt outskirts of town, where abandoned factories, rusty grain silos, and run-down warehouses stood. Every window was broken in these dark derelicts of lost industry, and weeds grew on the railroad tracks that ran along the rear of the buildings. This sure wasn't the movies, thought Laura, and she wondered what kind of party could be happening out here in the boondocks.

Only one parking lot in the deserted district had any cars in it, and Cody pulled in there and parked on lumpy, cracked asphalt. With the top down, Laura could hear the muffled thumping of rock music coming from somewhere nearby, but it was drowned out by the chilly wind. She was thankful just to be arriving in civilization where there might be heat, and she almost jumped out of the car before Rip opened the door for her. He held the door like a perfect gentleman, and Cody rushed to do the same for Cupidity.

The guys smiled knowingly at each other, and Laura glanced at her buddy, who gave her a wink. Cupidity's in charge here, she told herself, not these two smug boys.

"This is a skater rave," explained Cody, putting his arm around Cupidity's tiny waist. "I think you'll have a good time, but you might have to do some skating."

"Skating?" asked Laura uneasily. "What kind of skating?"

"Skateboard skating," answered Rip as if that explained it all. "It keeps the old people away."

"You'd be surprised at what some old people can do," remarked Cupidity.

"Like what?" asked Cody doubtfully.

She laughed as if remembering something funny. "At this retirement home I know, they race their wheelchairs down the stairs. And they dive off the top floor into the swimming pool."

"Cool," said Cody in admiration. "And where do these crazy old dudes live?"

"In Los Angeles," answered Cupidity. "Where I used to live."

"That must be a blast," mused Rip, "living in L.A. and going surfing every day. Did you ever surf, Cupidity?"

"No, mostly I played pool and smoked cigars," she answered with a glance at Laura.

"That's my girl!" exclaimed Cody with a laugh. He gripped her tightly around the waist, making it difficult for them to walk very quickly across the pitted parking lot. Rip held Laura's hand, which was welcome, because her hands were freezing.

They circled around to the rear of the building, where a couple of skaters were standing in the shadows. The grimy warehouse had to be three stories high, and a row of windows across the top were all broken. The muffled music seemed to be coming from deep underground, and a strange smell wafted from the aged railroad tracks in the rear. They walked toward a pair of metal doors that were set at a sloping angle in the brick wall. Farther away a door opened, and a gang of giggling girls staggered out on their high heels.

The doormen approached the foursome, shining a flashlight in their faces. "Cody! Rip!" they shouted when they recognized the guys. They exchanged skaters' handshakes and punched each other in the shoulders like old friends.

"Dudes, you have picked a primo night to party with us!" said the bigger of the two guards. "We're grindin' it tonight."

"Cool," said Rip. "You got a band or a sound system?"

"Sound system," answered the other doorman. "Like normally we would have to charge you five bucks each, but hot chicks like these two are always free." They couldn't take their eyes off Cupidity.

The new girl winked at Laura and said, "It's good to be hot."

Laura shivered, and her teeth chattered. "I don't feel hot at the moment."

"Here's your ten," said Cody, taking a crumpled bill from his pocket and paying for Rip, too. "The party's on me."

Cupidity gave him a grateful smile. "Thanks, sweetie, but we're not going to get busted here, are we?"

"Can't promise that, but you are going to skate to get in," said the smaller doorman. His partner pulled open the metal doors and revealed a long chute that led down into darkness and the din of a party. With a gulp, Laura realized that it was an old coal chute descending to the furnace room, probably long abandoned.

She laughed nervously. "I can't slide down there, I'll get all dirty. I'll take the door."

"You're not sliding." The big doorman pointed to what looked like a pile of lumber, but it was really a pile of old skateboards. Laura saw one of the girls teeter over to the pile and add a board to it. "Everybody skates down, especially first-timers," he explained. "It doesn't matter how hot you are."

Rip put a comforting hand on her shoulder. "There's like air mattresses and pillows down there. I'll go first and look out for you, and you just go down on your knees."

"On my knees?" she asked doubtfully, glad she had worn jeans.

"Come on!" called Cupidity, grabbing a battered old skateboard and heading for the door. Without a moment's hesitation, she knelt on the skateboard and pushed herself down the old metal chute, which rattled under the small wheels. Her delighted squeals pierced the night.

Cody took a board and hurtled down the chute in a crouch, and Rip was right behind him. He gave Laura an encouraging smile and a wave before he plunged into the darkness. Shivering more than ever, she grabbed a skateboard and noted the smirks on the doormen's faces.

"If I have to go to the hospital," she said, "I want to go to Mid City General."

"That's our favorite," answered the shorter one.

With a gulp, Laura edged toward the door and the dark chute. Once she got close, she realized that there was light and gaiety at the other end, along with many mattresses, which Rip was busy arranging for her. It was probably only twenty feet and not as steep as she feared; there was no sense putting it off.

"Xena!" she shouted as she had when she was a little girl, flinging her knees onto the skateboard and shooting into space.

Immediately she knew she was in trouble, as the wheels ground and squealed on the old sheet of metal. Certain she was going to fall off, Laura gripped the front of the board with her hands and screamed. The wild ride reminded her of sledding, which also scared her. Before she could catch her breath, she flew into space and landed in a comforting cloud of old mattresses, followed by Rip's strong arms.

For no good reason, he needed to fall onto the mattress with her and grab her shivering torso. Rip nuzzled her and gave her a brief kiss, which warmed her up at once. "You all right?" he asked with concern.

I'm good enough to kiss, she thought happily. Instead she smiled and said, "Can I get up and make sure I'm in one piece?"

"Oh, you're in one piece," he said, giving her body an extra squeeze. "What are you drinking?"

"Something legal," she answered.

Rip slid off her and vanished into the crowd, which was barely lit by a few strobes and some hokey discotheque lights. Pools of light and people were scattered throughout the huge basement, especially around the disc jockey and his sound system, but there didn't seem to be any good reason to light this dingy space. With all the smoke, it would be hard to see anyway.

Against the wall was a stairwell, which led to the exit they had seen before, and it was well marked by a sign. Some brawny straight-faced guys looked as if they were on security, but the crowd wasn't fighting. It wasn't as warm as Laura had hoped, but the crush of bodies and promise of dancing gave her some hope.

Cupidity bumped into her and shouted over the music, "Hey, princess, what do you think?"

Laura looked around at the funky surroundings and loud revelers and answered, "I just realized, skaters wear more corporate logos than anybody."

"No, I meant the boys!" said Cupidity, looking a bit frustrated. "Do you like Cody?"

Laura narrowed her eyes suspiciously at the new girl. "Why are you always trying to give me your dates? I have one of my own, and he can't keep his hands off me."

"Good," said Cupidity with a sigh. "So you like him and things are clicking. I was...I was asking about Cody for me, of course. I think he should ask me to Homecoming, even though I can't go."

"Why can't you go?"

"Well, I've got to go out of town that weekend," she answered. "Some family business in L.A. — it can't be changed. I may have to leave suddenly, so if you see that I'm gone, don't worry about it."

Laura tried not to look concerned about this information, because Cupidity was Cupidity. Still it got her thinking about her mission to compare her friend's fancy bow with the one Cupid had in Pompeii. Maybe she was all wrong about the girl's matchmaking skills, but she had to put her mind at ease.

"Homecoming is still a long shot," complained Laura. "Skater dudes aren't known for going to Homecoming."

Cupidity flipped her golden tresses and laughed. "Don't worry about that — these skater dudes will go to Homecoming and be happy about it."

Muscling through the rowdy crowd came Cody and Rip, carrying cans of some high-caffeine, high-energy drink. Rip also balanced a bowl full of potato chips on his head. The girls relieved them of their burdens, and they stepped away from the coal chute as more partygoers dropped in.

"Hey, I found a place to sit down!" announced Cody, yelling over the din.

"Where?" asked Laura doubtfully. She didn't see any furniture, not even a folding chair.

"On those mattresses on the floor, against the wall," replied Cody. "Come on!"

Carrying all their supplies, they trekked across the run-down warehouse basement until they reached a very shadowy, bad-smelling corner, where partyers lay sprawled about in odd positions. This is the make-out place, Laura realized, and maybe the restroom, too.

She pushed her drink back into Rip's hands and said, "I like this song! Don't you want to dance?"

Numbly he nodded his head, and Laura grabbed Cupidity's hand and pulled her back toward the masses. "Come on, we've got to shake some booty!"

"Yeah, thanks!" replied Cupidity as if she was glad to be rescued. Once they got to the dance floor, the new girl shed her coat and began to shake everything she had, which was a lot. To a frenzied song by some angry band, Cupidity gyrated wildly until she had every boy in the warehouse drooling over her. The girls glared at the stunning show-off, except for a few who were stomping along with the boys.

Cody was entranced by Cupidity's performance, and Rip watched his friend's date while he tried to talk to a third girl. Nobody was watching Laura, and she realized that this would be a good time to slip out to the car to inspect Cupidity's bow. She danced her way against the flow of the crowd until she made it to the stairway. Then Laura ran upward without even looking back.

The cool night air smelled wonderful after the smoke and odd odors below. The two skater doormen gave her a look as she walked past, but they were occupied with new arrivals. Laura dashed over the muddy, uneven parking lot until she reached Cupidity's yellow convertible, which stood out like a lighthouse. Earlier in the evening, she had seen Cupidity pull a lever under the dashboard to open the trunk of her car, which was a trusting way to secure it when she left the top down. But Cupidity didn't seem to be bothered by the things that bothered other people.

It took a bit of searching, but Laura managed to find all the levers — for the gas, the front hood, and the trunk. She stole a glance around to make sure nobody was watching her, and she saw nothing but silent cars in the unlit parking lot. With a rush of adrenaline, Laura popped the trunk and scrambled to the back of the sports car to see what she could find.

The courtesy light in the trunk came on, and there was her purse, right beside Cupidity's duffel bag. Laura reached for the bag to make sure it contained the precious bow and arrows, and she could feel the slender, carved lines of the aged weapon. It had to be specially made for someone so short. With trembling hands, she unzipped the bag and reached inside to pull out the bow. Laura had held the bag itself before, but she had touched the bow only once, briefly, on the first day when Cupidity had pulled it out of her locker.

She was going to use it even then, thought Laura with a shudder. I should have seen it at the time, but who expects the supernatural in Denton, Ohio?

Even as she drew the bow out of the duffel bag, she knew it was not just a curved piece of wood with the string already taut, ready for immediate use. No, this was an ancient artifact that had been painted many times, including very recently. It was now light brown, trying to look like a normal child's bow, but she could easily tell that it had once been gilded in gold, painted in gleaming white enamel, and encrusted with jewels. She didn't even need to take the photocopied picture out of her pocket to tell.

This is Cupid's bow, only Cupid is a girl. When did that happen?

An owl hooted somewhere overhead, probably from the broken windows of the deserted warehouse's top floor. Taking a deep breath, Laura reached back into the bag for the next piece of the puzzle. As soon as her fingers touched an arrow, it seemed to spring into her grasp as if eager to be unleashed.

She slowly lifted the old-fashioned missile from the bag and marveled at its intricate design and workmanship. The arrow tip was gleaming and sharp, but it seemed to be made of moonbeams that passed right through her fingers. The feathers of the fletching were as long and delicate as an eyelash, yet as stiff as a knife blade; they bristled from the shaft in vibrant colors, like the light beams from a prism.

Her hands trembled, yet her recent archery lesson came back to her as she lifted the bow and nocked the arrow to the string. The night wind sent a primitive feeling of power coursing through her veins, as if she were the greatest hunter in the world. Laura could imagine herself on the prowl, stalking the elusive prey — man and woman. Involuntarily, she drew back the arrow, and the bowstring tightened. Her arms tingled as if a current had suddenly connected through them, and her muscles ached to unleash the magical missile.

"No!" shouted a voice. Laura was startled and whirled in the direction of the sound just as she lost her grip on the shaft. The arrow flew straight from her hands and into Cupidity's heaving chest.

"Urrgh!" exclaimed Cupidity with a groan, and she staggered backward from the impact.

"They're not real arrows!" cried Laura, who was suddenly hysterical with the fear that she might have hurt Cupidity. "The points aren't real!" She reached into the duffel bag to pull out another arrow, and she pointed it toward Cupidity, who was still staggering about.

"What are you doing? You psycho!" yelled a male voice. Cody charged between them, as angry as a young bull. All he could see was Cupidity flailing her arms helplessly, while her crazy friend pointed a bow and arrow at her.

"Give me that!" ordered Cody, lunging for the weapon. Laura flinched and poked him in the wrist with the arrow tip, and the arrow disappeared. "Ow!" he cried, recoiling as if from a shock.

While Cupidity crawled on the ground in the dirty parking lot, Cody began to twitch and gurgle. Laura gasped and watched in horror as his face went through a multitude of changes — disbelief, a flare of anger, followed by a puzzled expression as if he had forgotten where he was. A moment later, the dark lord of the skaters looked as if he would burst into tears.

"Cupidity!" he wailed.

Text copyright © 2005 by John Vornholt

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

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    too many near-misses and mix ups

    I read Caroline Goode's novel "Cupidity" as part of my research for my creative thesis project (long story). The novel features Greek gods and misunderstandings of Shakespearian proportions. But first and foremost, "Cupidity" is what most people--who don't use my expanded definition of the term--would call a chick lit novel. The cover art by Amy Saidens is possibly the best part of this novel. Sad, yes. But to date Caroline Goode doesn't have any other novels so who knows what's in store for her (Aimee Friedman started with teen "romantic comedies" too and now she's a kind of big deal).

    Okay, so that's a lot of background without saying anything about the book. Just to give a hint of what's in store, my online dictionary defines "cupidity" as "excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice." So, you can imagine what kind of trouble starts when Cupid is sent to a modern-day high school and decides to disguise himself as a teen girl called Cupidity.

    It all starts when the novel's protagonist, seventeen-year-old Laura Sweeney (a mythology buff conveniently enough) asks Jupiter to send her a boyfriend. The Gods and Goddesses of ancient Rome are still alive and kicking--just not very high. The immortals are rotting in an exclusive nursing home where they have decided to spend . . . well all eternity I guess. This is one of my biggest pet peeves with the novel. Goode is one of the few authors I have encountered with the ingenuity to put ancient gods and goddesses into a modern setting. But instead of making the most of it and creating a really interesting plot device--Goode squanders these amazing characters, having them hobble around with walkers, some bordering on senility. These are the gods that entire civilizations worshiped out of fear and awe. It's just embarrassing to read about them in a nursing home, I'm sorry.

    But there's more to question in the plot: In a misguided attempt to get Laura that boyfriend, Cupid/Cupidity starts wreaking havoc among the student body. Suddenly skaters are dating nerds. Jocks are hanging out with rockers. The entire social order of Laura's high school is in chaos. If any of this sounds familiar it's because every modernized version of Shakespeare's comedies has done something of a similar type. (The mistaken identity of "Twelfth Night" crossed with the mayhem of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is an apt comparison here.)

    This would all be tolerable. Except for the painfully obvious fact that Laura's perfect guy is right in front of her and she would be able to find him herself if she'd stop whining and really pay attention for a minute. But, of course, she doesn't do that until the end.

    The narrative here is also not the best. The story starts slow and always seems vaguely staged. Case in point: Instead of letting Laura's interest in mythology stand on its own, it's basically used to beat readers over the head lest they forget the mythology connection. The fact that none of the secondary characters have any dimension (or even significant roles in the narrative) also does little for the book as a whole.

    This comedy of errors is mildly amusing, but in the long run there are too many near-misses and mix ups to make the story anything but frustrating as Laura stumbles along trying to get things back to normal and find true love.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2008

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    This book was good in some parts but in others it was so stupid. The ending was pointless! It could have been good but the writer just went to far. Plus no one wants to read about a ugly old guy the size of a baby crying for his mom at the end of the book! It should be called Stupidity! Sorry Caroline Goode.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    ehhh?..... SPOILER!!!!

    okay first of all i thought this book was going to be good, but it's was amaturely written i mean seriously. the author didn't even discribe the characters that much! and her best friend?! YEA RIGHT! so much for best friends, when they hardly even talk in the WHOLE book! and the ending was kinda stupid.... okay if you haven't read the book don't read this: cupid didn't even help her! he TRIED but in the end she helped herself, and cupid was a failure. And all of a sudden she likes Peter now!?? this book is reallly confusing and badly written, take my advise and DON'T READ IT!!! unless you want a total let down! words of wisdom from, a hopeless romantic....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2015

    To C.A from Ms. Cupid &hearts

    Sorry, i dont an to be rude but do you think you couldd move your advice channel somewhere else? Im giving advice at cupid books...sorry.

    ~Ms. Cupid &hearts xoxo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2015

    To All

    Welcome to Cupid's Radio! Plz ask me a question! ((In title put To: C.A. from _______[ur name]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013


    U dnt have 2 rag on the book! I mean i havent read it, but STILL rude!

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

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    this book was the worst book i have ever read! it made no sense and it was NOT a love story and it wasnt funny thats for sure! I understand that the author tried to do something new but she needs to stick with the old because this book was crap!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007


    So pretty much I thought this book was going to be good, BIG disappointment... Don't read it... I lent it to a friend and she was as disappointed as I was... Too confusing...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    Utter Foolishness!

    Okay, this book was a TOTAL let down. They throw in the gods, and make the book all weird! It too confusing and total CRAP! Take my advice and DONT read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2007

    MAJOR disappointment

    Okay...this book, for lack of a better word, sucked. I mean i'm sorry to anybody who likes it, but to me, this was the worst Simon Pulse Romantic Comedy I have read. it was just ridiculous...the whole story. I hated how they had to throw in all the gods and stuff...Honestly, i didnt even really read it. I just skimmed through it (which i never do with books) because it was so bad. I do not recommend this book, at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    Not good

    This book was a major disappoinment I mean it was liike stupid It makes NO sense If you want to waste your life you can read it but my advice find something else

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    Apparently I Disagree with the Majority

    This book was terrible. I couldn't even finish it, I was that repulsed. The main character was unappealing and Cupidity (the character, not the book.) was just itching to be slapped repeatedly. Although, it WAS Cupid in disguise so maybe Cupid is the one in need of some physical violence. Oh no, did I just give something away? Oh well. At least I didn't tell you that Laura ends up with Peter in a dreadfully unpredictable way. A more appropriate tile: 'Stupidity.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    It started out good..

    I thought that the book really was good in the begging, but then as it got to the middle of the book I lost intrest in it. It started getting extremly boring, and I had to force my self to finish the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2006

    it was pretty good!

    i thought this book was pretty good. the end was kinda cheesy, but the whole concept was attention grabbing and different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2006

    Ohmigod!!!! GREAT Book!!

    I loved this book, usually i'm not a big fan of fantasy but this is probably the best fantasy book I have ever read. It's not totally fantasy though, not at all, she has real problems, she just has a couple Greek Gods help her out. I also loved how she fell for the geek. I've probably said it a million times before, but I just don't really care for books that have PERFECT GUYS in them. Which is why I love this book. I think Cupidity (the person) is great and I love the transformation. Those of you who haven't read have NO idea what I'm talking about. So satisfy your curiosity and READ THIS BOOK!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006


    I LOVED this book because it was a fun teen romance novel with a twist of the gods and goddess from above. You'll love this book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2006

    book review

    Cupidity By: Caroline Goode Carline Goode, dazzles me in her high school hit ¿Cupidity¿, grabs my attention and reels me in. Laura Sweeney is a Senor in High school who just wants a boyfriend. She is considered as a nerd and is always being picked on along with her friend Taryn. The prom is at the start of the year and Taryn and Laura want dates for the dance! Laura has one source to turn to. Ashley Taylor is the most popular girl in school. She is a head cheerleader, blonde an gorgeous and is going out with the most popular boy Jason Timms. He is the star quarterback off his high school football team and his stunning good looks stop every girl in their tracks. Laura is trying to change her ways so that her and Taryn can have dates for the dance. Peter, Taryn¿s friend has a secret crush on Laura but Laura is to busy drooling over Jason to notice. Cody is the head of the skateboarding pack. Spiky black hair, saggy jeans and a big black sweatshirt complete him. Taryn and Laura despise him! On the first day of school everybody sees a new girl with long blond hair and long tan legs. She stops by Laura¿s locker and introduces herself. She says her name is Cupidity. The girls notice a big duffle bag around her neck. They have no idea why. Laura and Taryn are confused. They think that cupidity could maybe be cupid! Then they forget about it because Laura knows cupid¿s a man. They start hanging out and become good friends. Then Cupidity gets down to business. She questions Laura and asks who she is interested in. Laura finds this weird. Out of the blue she just asks for her lover? This makes no sense to Laura. She says that she likes Jason and Cupidity pulls a bow and arrow out of her duffel. Laura is in shock! The next day things at school are all messed up! Ashley is dating Peter, Cody gets interested in Taryn, Josh starts dating the head mistress of the block pack which is a goth group and Laura is found once again single. Dig, Cody¿s best friend starts liking Laura and she starts liking him. She knows that it¿s the bow and wants to find out how to undo this love hex.! When Laura reaches Cupidity¿s apartment she¿s gone. She sees somebody in the house and asks for cupidity. The little man says he¿s Mars and that they heard Laura¿s cry for a boyfriend. Quickly with out thinking she goes and asks mars to see cupidity. She gets on the chariot and rides to Jupiter. When she arrives she sees Zeus , Demeter, Persephone and many other goods she cant believe her eyes. She quickly asks for cupidity and sees a man. She is shocked! Cupidity¿s a man. She has been friends with a god. She cant wait to tell Taryn. Laura says thank you and returns to earth. When she reaches earth she realizes her dance is tonight. She rushes home and gets her dress and everything is back to normal. Except for her and Dig. She starts dancing with Dig and realizes that she loves Peter. She leaves the dance happy and sees the one she loved was right under her nose. Laura and Taryn are strong characters and show it during the book. ¿Ashley was pretty but that couldn¿t stop us¿(pg78). This teaches a valuable lesson. Be careful what you wish for because it might come true. This is my favorite book so far and people should definitely read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2005

    Browsing through books and this one didn't go well...

    Overall, the book was a little bit too childish and didn't have the plot line to get you really engrossed. It could've been an interesting topic, but it was just handled in a dissapointing way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    what MY review revews.............

    I thought cupidity was an ok book. I liked how it used fantasy by tying me the roman gods, Im a big fantasy person. Even thought the book was part fantasy it wasn¿t what the book was based on or anything like that. They tied in some real problems that didn¿t really seem that bad. Over all I think that this book was ok and I would maybe recommend it to someone else

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