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Length: 337 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 12 and up

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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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"Quirky characters and over-the-top humor."
-- Booklist

"A truly fun read."
-- Seattle's Child Magazine

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  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CYEE2U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Suzanne Selfors lives on an island near Seattle where it rains all the time, which is why she tends to write about cloudy, moss-covered, green places.
She's married, has two kids, and writes full time.
Her favorite writers are Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, and most especially, Roald Dahl.
You can visit her at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 3, 2011
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Mad Love is the first book I've ever read by Suzanne Selfors. She has written a few others, Coffeehouse Angel being the title I most recognize. I haven't read it and not sure if I would search it out. This book is really a bit odd for me as a reader. It has touches of the otherworldly but it is supposedly grounded in real life. Neither element really worked for me because they were both weak rather than one element enhancing a stronger plot point.

I love mythology so that is one of the main points that attracted me to this story, particularly the story of Eros and Psyche which I have always enjoyed reading. Selfors gives it a new spin by making Cupid a sixteen year old boy who needs to tell his story. And the person he chooses is Alice, a teenage girl with not a lot of good going on in her life, at least that is what she first believes. Unfortunately, Alice's mother is suffering from a form of bipolar disorder and is currently hospitalized. Her mother is one of the most popular romance writers around and unfortunately she has not had a book out in three years. Bills are due, there is no book, and suddenly out of no where, Errol descends on Alice, commanding her to write his story. Alice thinks she is going crazy, and unfortunately, with what is going on with her mother, this is not a good feeling at all.

After reading a really well done book about a teen dealing with a parent with mental illness (A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler), I will admit I just was let down by this book. While I certainly felt bad for Alice's situation, and of course, I sympathized with her and her struggle with her mom, I just could not delve into her emotions the way I could in A Blue So Dark.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By emw on January 4, 2011
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I loved Mad Love. As always, Suzanne Selfors has created a unique world peopled with unusual characters, historical twists, and a splash of magic. But Alice, our heroine, also struggles with a very real-world problem -- a mother who's less than stable. This book has plenty of romance of the traditional kind, but what I loved most was the way it explored love in all its glorious variety, from friendship and family love to what a daughter feels for her troubled mother. Great for tweens, teens, and adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Messner on May 18, 2011
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There's more than meets the eye in this romantic comedy from Suzanne Selfors. MAD LOVE stars a teen girl whose writer-mom is the Queen of Romance...only she can't deliver her next novel because she's having major mental health issues. Who comes to the rescue? Cupid - yes...the one with the magic arrows - and he has a story that he wants written. This book is funny and warm and also sheds a great light on a kid's struggle with a mentally ill parent. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By onepagereviews on December 29, 2012
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I think any book after I read after Days of Blood & Starlight would have been a disappointment, mostly because the Laini Taylor book was the best thing I've read all year. But this is still a cute, fluffy read - it just wasn't what I was expecting.

I wanted something light and funny, something less emotionally investing than the Laini Taylor book. But this actually had some serious themes that were surprising. First, Alice's mom is bipolar, so there's a lot of talk about that. Then, there's Cupid, who's really sick. And Alice is sort of depressed herself, so there's some definite downer themes. But I feel like if you're going to talk about stuff like bipolar disorder, then the story needs to be really good to deal with it in a good way. Unfortunately, I didn't find this story engaging enough to make me care about Alice and her mother.

I did, however, like that the boy Alice likes is Korean. I didn't even notice that at first because it's never really mentioned except one time. I liked that - that Suzanne Selfors didn't make a big deal about it, making it seem totally normal. Most of the time with cross cultural romance, that's one of the central themes of the book, which to me, makes it still seem different. But with having one and not drawing attention to it, I thought Ms. Selfors showed it in a positive and normal way.

There were also some really funny moments that were the best part of the story for me. When Alice is hit with Cupid's arrow, there's some hilarious moments. I wished there had been more of those.

Overall, this was just okay. It had some funny bits, but I wish it had been funnier than it was serious.
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Sixteen-year-old Alice Amorous is the daughter of bestselling romance author, Belinda Amorous. Due to her mother's suffering from years of untreated bipolar disorder, Alice's family life has been highly unstable, leading to the present crisis of her mother being institutionalized for catatonic depression.

Alice has no father to step in and take care of her, because she's the product of a one-night stand occurring during one of her mother's manic phases--and Alice needs help badly. Her mother earned a great deal of money over the years from her writing, but her mania caused Belinda to blow all her earnings, and Alice is now scrambling to pay their bills and keep up appearances so that Social Services doesn't take her away from her mother.

The one worthwhile manic-inspired purchase of Alice's mother is the four-unit rental house where Alice and her mother have lived for several years. They share it with a grandmotherly lady named Mrs. Bobot, an elderly minister named Reverend Ruttles, and a nurturing, gay, legal secretary named Archibald. In addition, Mrs. Bobot's anorexic granddaughter Realm, who is Alice's age, is visiting for the summer, but she's no friend to Alice. All Realm cares about is publishing the horror novel she's written, and she threatens to expose Belinda's mental illness to the world if Alice doesn't forge a letter in Belinda's name recommending Realm's novel to Belinda's editor.

The three eccentric adults in Alice's life are very concerned when, after a sudden fainting spell, she becomes obsessed with a mysterious white-haired boy named Errol and begins to hear his voice in her head. Alice is worried, too, because she isn't sure if what is happening to her is magic or madness.
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