Cupidity

Cupidity

by Caroline Goode
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Cupidity 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
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.
Alex55cg More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Please reply to the post on res 1 'Senpai to Ms. Cupid'. I plan on doing your advice on Monday to get it over with."
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U dnt have 2 rag on the book! I mean i havent read it, but STILL rude!
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costellastar45 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.