Letters to Cupid (American Girl Fiction Series)

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When 13-year-old Bridgette Carley gets her heart set on falling in love, she decides to do a school report to find out exactly what true love is. She interviews people, grills her movie-buff brother about famous film romances, develops crushes on several unsuspecting boys, and writes letters to Cupid for inspiration. Can she unlock the mystery of love in time to help her parents' ailing relationship? Is she really ready for a relationship of her own?
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Overview

When 13-year-old Bridgette Carley gets her heart set on falling in love, she decides to do a school report to find out exactly what true love is. She interviews people, grills her movie-buff brother about famous film romances, develops crushes on several unsuspecting boys, and writes letters to Cupid for inspiration. Can she unlock the mystery of love in time to help her parents' ailing relationship? Is she really ready for a relationship of her own?
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This well-intentioned book aims to remind its readers that finding love and keeping love alive in real life is very different from how the media portrays it. The teenage heroine, Bridgette, is obsessed with love. She dreams about what she calls "true love," watches popular movie romances to learn how to fall in love and even chooses love as her research topic for a paper in school. While Bridgette pursues her quest to find love, she simultaneously witnesses a number of failing relationships among her family members; her parents' marriage is shaky at best and her brother's idyllic-seeming engagement ends. These encounters with the realities of love and some of her own mishaps in seventh grade, help temper Bridgette's enthusiasm about love while not extinguishing it altogether. Increasing readers' awareness of the stereotypes presented in popular culture is a noble goal for a book, though some of the cultural references the author makes appear somewhat obscure. Overall, however, the book does portray realistic characters and situations and readers will be sure to identify with Bridgette's dreaminess and desires. This novel is a part of the "American Girl" series. 2001, Pleasant Company, $14.95 and $5.95. Ages 11 up. Reviewer: Michele Gable AGES: 11 12 13 14 15 16
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This is a slightly over-the-top, near farcical account of Bridgette's search for true love. Most of this story is told in the third person, with the letters to Cupid, written by hand by Bridgette, sandwiched between the chapters. Bridgette is just entering 8th grade in a small town in Pennsylvania, near Amish country. She is ready to find her soul mate and to fall in love, but she doesn't know much about it. Her parents are squabbling and obviously aren't models of true love. When she interviews her older brother and his fiancée separately as research for her true love term paper, she discovers they don't have a clue about each other's basic values and goals. Another older brother is a movie buff and he tries to explain true love by what he has learned from classic movies like Witness and Titanic (opposites attract) but he really has no first-hand knowledge. Most of the plot concerns Bridgette's attempts to find her true love, even to the extent of exchanging love letters with a "secret admirer." Her attempts flop in a grandiose way, and her research involving the almost-newlyweds results in their dramatic break-up on the night before their wedding. But part of her research actually pays off, when she uses a gadget that disguises voices over the phone to get the truth out of her mother and father in a way that ultimately helps them resolve some of their problems. At the end of the story, she is more realistic about what true love might or might not be, and the reader has had some good laughs along the way. Lantz is an experienced writer for YAs and she gets the light tone just right. Perhaps at times her reader may be exasperated at Bridgette's naiveté, but in the end thereis only admiration for her stubborn determination to understand a difficult concept. For the youngest YAs. Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2001, Pleasant Co., American Gir, 148p., Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Claire Rosser; KLIATT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584853749
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/1901
  • Series: American Girl Fiction Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 148
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2003

    I read it THREE times

    I loved this book- it's so realistic!

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