I'm With Cupid

I'm With Cupid

by Anna Staniszewski


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Marcus is a Cupid. Lena is a Reaper. Opposites attract in the exciting new Switched At First Kiss series by the acclaimed author of The Dirt Diary.

Dared to kiss the adorkable Marcus Torelli at a party, Lena thinks it's the perfect opportunity to cross First Kiss off her list of "Things to Accomplish Before I Turn Fourteen."

It's only when she gets sent on an assignment the next day she realizes something went horribly wrong. That ZING she felt wasn't the thrill of her first kiss — she and Marcus have swapped powers! Lena is not your average eighth grader, she's a soul collector with an serious job to do. And Marcus turns out to be a supernatural matchmaker (like cupid, but without the diaper).

Now logical Lena finds herself with the love touch, and sweet, sentimental Marcus has death at his fingertips. The truth is that Lena should never have taken that dare...because one little kiss has Lena and Marcus in a whole lotta trouble.

Praise for Anna Staniszewski's The Dirt Diary:

"Holy fried onion rings! Fun from beginning to end." —Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of 11 Birthdays and The Candymakers

"I LOVED it...sweet, sensitive, and delicious!" —Erin Dionne, author of Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492615460
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Series: Switched at First Kiss Series , #1
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 749,775
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Anna Staniszewski lives outside of Boston with her husband and an adorably crazy dog. She was named the Boston Public Library's 2006-2007 Writer-in-Residence and a winner of the 2009 PEN New England Discovery Award. When she's not writing, Anna spends her time teaching, reading, and not cleaning her house. Visit her at www.annastan.com.

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The mess all started with a kiss. Or, really, with a dare.

It was the first party of the year, and most of the eighth grade was in attendance. Lena was hovering near a bowl of Cheetos, counting the uncomfortable seconds until her friends came back from the bathroom. How long did it take to fix a "glitter emergency" anyway?

She noticed Marcus Torelli giving her a shy smile from near the Ping-Pong table. For a second, Lena considered going to talk to him. After all, they'd had fun doing their math project together last spring. But then she spotted the ratty book in his hands and glanced down at her feet instead. Someone who brought reading material to a party clearly wasn't interested in being social.

Suddenly, Connie Reynolds clapped her hands and called out, "All right, everybody! It's time to play Dare or Dare." She laughed as her guests gave her blank looks. "The ‘truth' part of the game is a total waste of time," she explained before scanning the crowd, looking for her first victim. When she spotted Marcus, Connie smiled. "You! I dare you to kiss Lena Perris for five seconds."

Lena swallowed a Cheeto and whirled around to find Marcus staring back at her in horror.

"You want us to what?" Marcus asked. He shoved the book into his pocket and took a step toward the door. Lena wondered if he was going to make a run for it.

"Do it!" Connie said. "Or I'll make you both lick the toilet."

A chorus of "oohs" echoed through the room. Choosing toilet licking was social suicide, but saying no to Connie Reynolds was even worse.

Lena hesitated. She'd planned for her first kiss to be with Brent Adamson because of his plump lips. Marcus was nice enough and even kind of cute, but his nose was a little big. What if it got in the way?

"Remember, five seconds!" Connie squawked as she pushed Lena and Marcus toward a closet.

Then she shut the door, and they were alone.

Lena firmly planted her feet for balance and closed her eyes tight. Everything she'd read had said your eyes could not be open during your first kiss.

Meanwhile, Marcus's head swam at the thought of kissing Lena. He'd come to the party determined to ask her out-something he regretted not doing during their math project last year-but so far he'd spent the whole party hiding behind the Ping-Pong table. And now, here he was, alone in a closet with Lena, his lips only inches away from hers.

"So...do you want to...?" Marcus asked. His brain was screaming at him to flee before things got even more embarrassing.

"Okay," she said softly.

Marcus sucked in a breath, closed his eyes, and tipped his face forward.

At first they bumped noses. Then they bumped chins. And the third time, for some reason, it felt like they bumped ears. But finally, their lips found each other. And then-

Wow, Marcus thought as a bolt of energy zinged from the top of his skull to the bottoms of his heels. When their lips broke apart, the air around them felt charged with electricity. For a second, Marcus even thought he saw glowing wisps of smoke coming out of his shoes.

Then someone threw open the door, and it was over.

"Well, how was it?" Connie asked.

Marcus glanced at Lena and found her smiling back at him. Neither of them said a word. Seeing the end of her fun, Connie lasered in on someone else in the crowd. "Nick! I dare you to kiss Brittany!"

Marcus and Lena wandered through the party, their hands almost touching.

Something felt different. Lena thought it was the fact that she'd finally been kissed. Marcus thought it was the fact that his crush on Lena had finally turned into something more.

Of course, they were both wrong.

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I'm With Cupid 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If ms.cupid is listening how do you knew when you like someone or when they like u.
Paranormal_Sisters More than 1 year ago
*Was given a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review* Surprisingly this had a lot more depth than I was expecting! I devoured this book, I could not put it down! Though I thought once they switched powers they were going to get in a lot more trouble than they did however the trouble they did get into was enough for the story. Lena is a reaper and with her scientist of a father, she doesn't believe in love. It's just a bunch of chemicals and nothing more- so you know she was super excited to switch powers with a cupid. Not! And then there's Marcus (loved reading behind his eyes just a bit more than Lena's) who is a "matchmaker" as he likes to correct Lena haha. Not a diaper wearing cupid. He can't handle death, not like Lena. He doesn't like talking about it and when his turtle he had since childhood past away he cried his heart out. Like I said earlier I loved reading behind Marcus's point of view just a little bit more than Lena's mainly because he's an underdog. He's the black sheep in his family, he's not an athlete like the rest of his family. So it was awesome watching his character grow and become more confident, confident enough to confront his father and I loved it! Lena's character grew too and I'm excited to see how much in the sequel. I'm super excited for the sequel, I need it like now!! I loved how this accident of switching powers actually helped the characters, especially with Marcus not being able to handle death. At the end of it and when he had to do the one thing he didn't want to do (that was such a heartbreaking scene! The feels people, the feels!), he understood that as a reaper he isn't killing anyone but helping their ready souls have an easier passing. Overall I absolutely enjoyed this book! I couldn't get enough! I really liked these two characters, opposites really do attract! I loved how they were able to help each other and loved how the characters developed. Again I'm super excited for the sequel! This was such a sweet and cute read, I couldn't help but smile as I read it. Sometimes I couldn't help but laugh out loud while reading it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was very emotional on certain parts. I could easily relate to both characters {without the supernatual powers}. I can't wait until the next comes out!
gaele More than 1 year ago
A new series from new to me author Anna Stanizewski brings a nice mix of ancient mythology and magic to the life of a not-so-ordinary middle schooler. Twisting together the myths of Cupid and the Grim Reaper works to great effect in this story, adding humor, several ‘oops’ moments and a wonderful developing friendship between our two protagonists. Lena is a reaper (yes – as in Grim) without the scythe or black cloak. She’s well-adjusted and comfortable in her life, well, as comfortable as anyone her age ever is… but she wants to be kissed before she turns 14. She’s not prone to faerie tale inspired romantic dreams: her family has given her a solid foundation of practicality that is seen in her approach to life, friends and her powers. She’s thoughtful, funny, practical and most of all, completely unaware of the crush that Marcus has. Marcus is a Cupid, or cupid-like: a supernatural matchmaker. He’s shy and quiet: a believer in the ‘magic’ of love, partly from his parents’ influence, a dynamic that is very different from Lena’s home. Marcus is completely adorable: he’s that awkwardly unsure boy: a touch tongue tied, and now learning to communicate with his new friend, Lena, the girl he shared a first kiss with. Anna Stanizewski uses twists, myth and solidly built characters to tell the story with humor and a sense of being there as the characters deal with all of the changes to their own lives as a first kiss turns into a monumental obstacle. With their powers switched and their understanding of the worlds they knew now changed, Lena and Marcus have a wonderful trajectory in their story, keeping readers ready for every new development. With an ending that just doesn’t quite answer all the questions, there are opportunities for more story to come. I’m curious to see where the next installment leads, and think this is a great summer read for ages 11 and up. I received an eARC copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol your cute