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Rhymes with Cupid

Rhymes with Cupid

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Goodman's Gifts & Stationery Store

February 14
Cashier: Elyse

3 boxes of heart-shaped chocolate . . . $12.00

Chocolate is the only good thing about this nauseating holiday.

4 containers of candy hearts . . . $5.00

Ever since my ex cheated on me, I've sworn off love. Too bad my new neighbor Patrick didn't

Overview

Goodman's Gifts & Stationery Store

February 14
Cashier: Elyse

3 boxes of heart-shaped chocolate . . . $12.00

Chocolate is the only good thing about this nauseating holiday.

4 containers of candy hearts . . . $5.00

Ever since my ex cheated on me, I've sworn off love. Too bad my new neighbor Patrick didn't get the memo.

1 Valentine's Day card . . . $4.50

I'm not interested. Although, he is pretty cute. And sweet. And funny.

1 singing Cupid doll (promotional item) . . . $0.00

Stupid Cupid! Point your arrows at someone else. . . .

Subtotal . . . $21.50

It's going to be a complicated Valentine's Day.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jan Chapman
Elyse despises Valentine's Day. It is the day that customers flood into the card shop where she works looking for silly, sentimental gifts. It is also the day, one year ago exactly, that her ex-boyfriend broke up with her. To add to the general misery, her father has dumped her mother for a younger woman, leaving Elyse and her mother to try to find their way. Still, Elyse has her best friend, Dina, who has also been dumped by an ex-boyfriend. Things begin looking up when a cute boy named Patrick shows up at the store. Elyse sees him as the perfect antidote to Dina's romantic malaise. Trouble is, Patrick turns out to be her new next door neighbor, and the more she gets to know him, the more she begins to worry that her unexpected feelings for him might get in the way of her plan to bring Dina happiness. Although it features high school characters, the book really seems more suited to middle school readers. Dina plans a "save the panda" party with stuffed animals and childish party games—a rather unlikely party for an older teen to host. The romance in the story does not stray beyond a kiss, and the improbably wonderful Patrick is straight from a young teen fantasy. The novel is written in a pleasantly humorous fashion, which will be appealing to teen readers, and it is adequately constructed except for an occasional plot hole. Also, the first-person voice is obviously that of an adult attempting to write as a teen. Still, teens looking for a light romantic confection should be pleased with this book. Reviewer: Jan Chapman
Children's Literature - Renee Farrah Vess
Elyse and her mom move to a new town, which is actually a good thing. Both get a new start, and Elyse will not have to endure her ex-best friend snuggling with her ex-boyfriend in every school hallway. The one-year anniversary of Elyse's discovery of her now-exes change in loyalty is commemorated by the world with chocolates, hearts, and singing cupid dolls. It would be easier to ignore St. Valentine's Day if she did not work at a mall gift store, but she and her mom need the money. Obviously after the love-turned-betrayal, Elyse has sworn off dating, and would love to add learning to drive to the off-limits list. As luck would have it, the cute boy next door Patrick is now Elyse's driving teacher, and may be changing her mind about her dating status. Elyse tries to focus her interest in Patrick by setting him up with her perky coworker Dina, but the more her plan seems to be working, the less happy she is about it. This is a cute teen romance that is comfortably predictable, and happily embraces the reader with familiarity, humor, and a sarcastic eye roll regarding all things Valentine's Day. Reviewer: Renee Farrah Vess

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061935015
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/21/2010
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Anna Humphrey has nothing against Valentine's Day, but she does share Elyse's aversion to singing dolls. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her wonderful family.

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