Mad Love

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Alice Amorous, the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, has been living an agonizing lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. But her next book is well 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 and insists that Alice must write the story of his tragic love affair with Psyche. Can Alice do double duty to help Errol and her mother without losing her own ...

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Overview

Alice Amorous, the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, has been living an agonizing lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. But her next book is well 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 and insists that Alice must write the story of his tragic love affair with Psyche. Can Alice do double duty to help Errol and her mother without losing her own sanity?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Alice's mother is the "Queen of Romance," the famous Belinda Amorous, author of countless romance novels like On Holiday with a Swarthy Scoundrel and Hunger of the Heart. But her mother has bipolar disorder and is hospitalized, leaving 16-year-old Alice to fend for herself, keep her mother's illness secret from a prying world, and somehow meet her mother's looming book deadline, too. Enter Errol, "the original, one and only Cupid," who wants Alice to write his life story. Alice puts aside her disbelief and gets to work, hoping she can get Errol off her back and make her mother's deadline at the same time. While still squarely planted on the frothier side of paranormally inflected romance (much like Selfors's 2009 novel, Coffeehouse Angel), this story adeptly touches on mental illness and its effect on a family. Selfors's proclivity for giving characters quirky names (Reverend Ruttles, Mrs. Bobot, Archibald Wattles, and Alice Amorous, of course) adds to an overall feeling of whimsy, and things are further enlivened by a dash of real-life romantic interest and well-meaning neighbors for the lonely, stressed-out Alice. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
Everyone knows life for a typical sixteen-year old is carefree and exciting. But for Alice Amorous, daughter of the best-selling Queen of Romance, life is far from typical. Ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness, Alice has been living a lie. Instead of spending time with her new boyfriend, Alice spends her summer answering her mother's fan letters and trying to convince the publisher that all is well. But Alice is running out of time and money. Her mother's next book is overdue and so are the medical bills. Alice decides she must write the book herself, though she knows very little of romance. Then she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid and who insists he can help with her problem. He agrees to tell Alice the true story of his tragic relationship with Psyche if she will agree to write about it. Finally, the world will know the truth. Alice doesn't believe in Cupid, but when she begins to see and hear things she can't explain she must decide if what he has told her is true or if she has inherited her mother's madness. Finally, convinced that Errol is the god of love, Alice discovers that he is dying and she must hurry if she wants to help her new friend and also save her mother's career. This book has humor and romance, but also deals with the weightier issues of mental illness and single parenting. There are several instances where sexual encounters are implied making this suitable for an older audience. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
VOYA - Geri Diorio
Alice's mother, a writer who is the "Queen of Romance," suffers from bipolar disorder, and sixteen-year-old Alice struggles almost alone to cover up her mother's illness. The tenants in their small apartment building understand and help as best they can. Alice is having quite a week: she crushes on a new boy in town, copes with blackmail from the girl upstairs, tries to write a romance novel to fulfill her mother's commitment to a publisher, and then meets Cupid. The real Cupid. And things get weird. The main chunk of the story takes place over the course of one week, and the author packs a lot into that time. The pace is breakneck, but readers will enjoy being swept along for the ride, and the story concludes, much like a modern romance novel, with a complicated, but happy, ending. There are serious issues here—bipolar and eating disorders—just under a layer of madcap, paranormal fun: Alice's surname is Amorous, and some action takes place at an over-the-top pink beauty salon run by "Velvet," who provides wisdom as well as a bit of comic relief. There's a bit of mythology, a bit of romance, a bit of the paranormal, and some real-life problems, but Selfors juggles them all assuredly. Serious ideas are handled carefully, while real humor is spread throughout the whole book. This book has real charm with great depth. Reviewer: Geri Diorio
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—"What does a person do when confronted with a situation that is either madness or magic?" This is the very question that 16-year-old Alice Amorous asks herself. As the daughter of novelist Belinda Amorous, the Queen of Romance, things had been going so well. Then Belinda has a nervous breakdown and is hospitalized for bipolar disorder. Now not only must Alice fend for herself, but the publishing company is also threatening to take back the $100,000 advance unless a new romance novel appears before the August 31st deadline. Enter a pale boy named Errol who claims to be Cupid himself, insisting that Alice must pen the veritable version of the greatest love story ever told: his romance with Psyche. Alice may have just stumbled upon her mother's latest novel. Selfors is adept at making Alice a sympathetic and believable character. She keeps the pace going with the near-miss moments between Alice and her love interest, Tony. The story takes place in Seattle in the midst of a stifling, humid summer, which creates an atmosphere appropriate for Alice's situation. The story may seem like a lighthearted teen romance novel, but at moments it turns contemplative when dealing with Belinda's mental and Errol's physical illness. The author leaves readers wondering whether or not Errol is mad for believing that he is, in fact, Cupid or whether there is some magic in the world after all.—Kimberly Castle, Medina County District Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews

The daughter of a bestselling romance novelist feels forced to keep a terrible secret when her mother is hospitalized with bipolar disorder in this unique, heartfelt and fantastical romance. When unpaid bills jeopardize her mother's care and her publisher threatens litigation surrounding her unfulfilled contract, 16-year-old Alice decides she must write the novel in question. By fateful coincidence, a strange boy named Errol appears on the scene and, claiming to be Cupid, is desperate to tell her the true story of his and Psyche's mythic love affair. Buoyed by wryly funny dialogue, this packs a lot into its pages—a love interest for Alice, her anguish over her mother's illness, Errol's tragic predicament and several well-executed subplots involving Alice's neighbors. While all of these balls are convincingly kept aloft until the very end, their resolution in a sort of epilogue seems somewhat too neat for all of the messy subject matter tackled in the story—but perhaps it is, as Alice suggests to Errol, "what the readers want...They want happily ever after."(Fantasy. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802784506
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Selfors

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.

www.suzanneselfors.com

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Full of love for this book!

    MAD LOVE, by Suzanne Selfors, is an adorable story about a girl who is shut down from the world until a little help from a non-stereotypical Cupid enters her life. When I was first offered to read this, I read through the synopsis and I thought it was a fresh idea and wanted to give it a shot. Well, after reading I know I got a lot more than I expected.

    I had no idea that I would get so attached to these characters. Selfors made her characters have many layers and each chapter brought something new about them. I loved (loved!) Alice as the MC. She is a strong teenage female character, but her emotional flaws concerning her personal life and her mother made her very real. The strange dynamic between Alice, Tony, and Errol was interesting to say the least. Each of the male roles was clearly defined in Alice's life, but they were always stepping on each others toes.

    The mythology of Cupid and Psyche was right up my alley. I love Greek mythology and the inclusion of that in the book made me love it even more. Errol set out to have the greatest love story written and as the story unfolded I truly think it was. Selfors brought the idea of Cupid to life in hot-teenage boy form and I applaud her for the creativity. The way his arrows brought about passionate love was hilarious and ingenious to say the least. And the antidote was equally amusing.

    Behind the romance, a few mental issues were approached in some of the characters. Alice's mother's mental illness was an important part of molding Alice into the girl she is. Her ability to grow up so quickly showed a lot of strength for such a young girl. And Alice's summer-neighbor Realm battled an eating disorder that others just put off as being angsty. Although the illnesses weren't the main focus of the story, the powerfulness of these diseases added another layer to the characters and story.

    Overall, such a great book! This book has romance and love in many different ways. If you are looking for a little bit of mythology and cute boys, this is the book for you!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    may I recommend that you put this book out for the next free Fri

    may I recommend that you put this book out for the next free Friday deal!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Amazing auther

    I haven't read this book but I still have something to say to #6 or something. Suzane Selfors is an amazing auther. The Smells Like... series are some of the best books i have ever read!-Georgia Byng and Suzane Selfor's #1 fan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    I havent read this book but i have awesome news!

    Im 11and one of the teachers assistant mrs goff is having a baby boy

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Amazing book!

    I would recommend this book to a lot of people! I will admit, I was a little on edge about whether to buy it or not but I was glad I did! I'm looking to reading more of Suzanne Selfors books like this particular one. Like I stated, I would highly recommend this book! BUY IT!!!!! 5 star worthy!

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

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    Expected fluff and was pleasantly surprised by a deep story.

    I couldn't give this story 5 stars because I think it could do with some fleshing out of both the main story and the side stories, but I had to give it a 4 because it shows a tragic love, a new love, and an enduring and painful love, and shows all three in a very beautiful way. The one that really got to me, though, was the love between Alice and her mother. We really don't get to see them together until the end when Alice really begins to understand that, though her mother and her love is not perfect, it's still very real. I also enjoyed how it had Alice struggling to maintain her world while not painting her as a tragic martyr. If the writer had portrayed her that way, I don't think the story would have been half as touching nor Alice even a fraction as likeable.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    Absolutely adorable! I finished this in two days - I just couldn't put it down.

    Even though this book is written in first person, it was really easy for me to read. Usually it takes me a while but I was hooked on the first page. Who wouldn't be - a sixteen year old is lying and trying to keep a secret from everyone. Shocking, right?

    I really liked that at sixteen, Alice has never been 'into' guys. To me that makes it a wonderful thing for teen readers because they'll know it's okay to not want to be with a guy until it's time.

    I really enjoyed the glimpses into Cupid's life and his story with Psyche it really made this. If it hadn't been there I would constantly have been wondering. This was really cute - not uproariously funny - but a fun book to read!

    ** I also want to give some kudos to the author for managing to take a serious illness and create a humorous book without taking away from the illness or making light of it.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Whatever

    Eh. It was whatever. The main character Alice wasn't all that great and there wasn't enough cupid. Just ALICE ALICE ALICE and her MOM MOM MOM got redundant and annoying after awhile. And you didn't hear to much of cupid's story. And in the end you still didn't know too much about cupid. It was ridiculous. It got to the point where I started skipping pages. All the adults in the book were either annoying or naive. It had the potential to be a really great book. Maybe someone else should have written it because it isn't as good as the summary. Trust me. I have mad hate for this book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    Loved It!

    Last year, Suzanne Selfors' heart-warming Coffeehouse Angel managed to work its way into my heart with its quirky characters and sweet romance, and this year, Mad Love has done the same, because not only is Mad Love funny and well-written but it contains a lot of heart and real-life scenarios. Ones that I'm sure many will end up appreciating.

    Mad Love tells the story of Alice Amorous, the daughter of the acclaimed Queen of Romance. As the daughter of the Queen of Romance, Alice has enjoyed many perks to her mothers fame, though under it all lays some deep dark secrets that Alice and her mom can't beer to admit- secrets that have now left Alice all alone with her mother's next book deadline lying right in front of her. Though, everything changes when Errol works his way into Alice's life. Errol is like no one Alice has meet before. For one, he claims he's cupid, and because of it begs Alice to write his life story. Will Alice write his story? Is Errol truly cupid? Will Alice and her mom get their happy endings? Only time will tell in this fast-paced book of one girl's quest for love and happiness in one of Seattle's biggest warm spells.

    One of the things I enjoyed most about this book were the characters, Alice to be exact. Alice is someone I feel many will come to love as much (if not more than) I did. She's sweet, trustworthy, and a girl who has her friends and family's backs no matter what. And most importantly, she always seemed like a real teenage girl to me because she had problems, though managed to deal with them. Sure she could have hid in her apartment when her mom was hospitalized for mental illness, but no, she held her own and tried to solve it, leaving me to know this is one girl I would want on my side if she was real. I also loved her relationship with Errol. Errol was someone who I adored because he was yet another person who could have been extremely negatives but instead was positive and installed hope and love into Alice's life. Also, he way very funny at times. Lastly, loved the side characters such as Mrs. Bobot, Realm, and Tony, because all brought something great to the table.

    Adding to the plot of Mad Love was also very enjoyable. I really liked how while it was lighthearted it was also serious at the same time, which left it to have the perfect balance of each. Furthermore, I loved how Ms. Selfors brought to life the myth of cupid and tied into Mad Love in such a perfect and intriguing way.

    In all, Mad Love is yet another fantastic attempt by Suzanne Selfors. It's funny, adorable read. One I can't wait but to suggest to others come its release.

    Grade: A+

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Amazing!

    This was one of the the best books I've ever read! Perfect!

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    BookWhisperer Review: Mad Love

    Mad Love was a very inventive and creative story about a young girl that meets Cupid. Not at all the romance that I had envisioned when faced with a story about Cupid, but it still turned out to be a very promising read. Cupid is supposed to be a mythological creature that brings forth love, but I was very impressed to see this character as a very cut throat and malicious character. He was not the loving and caring Cupid that I believe many would anticipate, and what it appears he created in people was more lust than love. It seemed that this was more a story within a story. One part romance for this young girl, and another part meeting Cupid and beginning a journey through his past. Much to my surprise the whole Cupid story was a bit more menacing than I had first anticipated, but I blieve it gave this story a depth that would not have been possible without the twists in the myths. As a whole I believe the story tied together very nicely in creating an entertaining read that all readers can enjoy.

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