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Love and Other Foreign Words Hardcover – May 1, 2014
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Josie is a young woman of rare intelligence and wit. She is devoted to her family, and her relationships with them are all well portrayed and realistic. Her arguments with her sister were priceless, and I especially enjoyed this novel's portrayal of a strong supportive family. Her parents are strict, yet understanding, willing to guide their fiercely intelligent daughter without every stepping on her independence or discounting her feelings. Josie shows quite a bit of growth throughout the novel, as she learns there are quite a few things that she's just not going to be able to figure out.Read more ›
With many thanks to the wonderful Ellice (who lent me her copy), I was able to read Love and Other Foreign Words sooner than I expected to. This is, in fact, a wonderful thing because I really enjoyed it! The main character is a riot, the writing is clever and the story was really engaging. Quiet and quirky work hand in hand in this novel, shaping it into a memorable tale.
Josie is, by far, one of my favorite YA females in a long time! The lens with which she views the world is what immediately makes her stand out as a narrator. I was equally amused and horrified by the directions her thoughts would swing, but more importantly, I felt a kinship. I could see why, for some readers, she’s going to rub them the wrong way, but her entire personality just worked for me. In fact, without her narrating this novel, I rather doubt I would think Love and Other Foreign Words was remarkable the way I do currently.
In terms of story, Love and Other Foreign Words is actually a fairly simple one. It concentrates heavily on Josie, and how what she thinks she knows (especially about love) is challenged at every turn. The catalyst for her thoughts on love? Her sister’s engagement to a guy Josie doesn’t quite approve of.Read more ›
I have to lavish Erin McCahan with praises for her characters and their development. Every single character she wrote made sense and added to the story. The reader gets to see why all of these people are in Josie’s life and how they help her grow. I found Josie to be refreshing because she was a nerd but not the nerd that has been popping up in literature lately, qualified a nerd only because of their sight impairment; she was a nerd because of her IQ and social ineptitude. She can be rude, impulsive, harsh, and blunt but she does it out of love for the people in her life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a surprise hit for me. I highly recommend this coming-of-age story if you like quirky characters, humorous dialogues, witty stories, and just the right amount of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by sillymssunshine
One of my favorite YA romance novels. Josie isn't the generic teenage girl one might find in the general YA book; she's quirky, relatable, and fun to see her perspective and mind.Published 9 months ago by noble strength
I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time.
It is both funny and thought provoking. It takes talent and intelligence to write witty dialog. Read more
Cruciferous. Any author who allows their adolescent teenage character to use the word cruciferous correctly gets my full vote. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kate E. Stephenson
As a high school teacher, I thought the teenage characters' voices were authentic, witty, and charming.Published 18 months ago by Kristen Kravecs
Josie is super smart, but emotionally immature, rigid, but naive. Youngest of three bright daughters, she's in a mixed education program, starting both her senior year in high... Read morePublished 19 months ago by John Rogers ClarkIV
Erin writes witty banter and clever dialogue better than anyone. The story is sweet, but you can just get lost in the beautiful writing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Patricia
I saw myself in Josie, the way that her brain was always thinking, always over-processing the information that came her way. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Live Outside
Love and Other Foreign Words is probably one of the best books I've read this summer. Josie is a sixteen-year-old girl who is determined to find out what exactly romantic love is. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marcie