Title: Mad Love
Author: Suzanne Selfors
Pages: 336 (hardcover)
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
When you're the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can't write it. Alice needs a story for her mother—and she needs one fast.
That's when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol's voice in her head and see things she can't explain, she must face the truth—that she's either inherited her mother's madness, or Errol is for real.
Romantic and fun, Mad Love warms you’re heart with it’s touching mood and story of love, regret, and hope. There was the ups and downs but overall, it was filled with fun and intensity.
Mad Love starts out slow; the fact that it took some time for the main character to get convinced that someone is a cupid was a bit wearisome. Although, the pace of the plot picks up and we’re introduced to even more characters and more problems are thrown in, keeping the tension at the right level.
Throughout the novel, even though Alice had two hitches at hand to balance; her first love and covering up her mother’s secret, she was able to stay grounded and strong. I was always rooting for Alice because life for her was not always easy. Her being a realistic sixteen year old, problems were always on the line. Although, sweet and trust-worthy Alice had her friends and family at her back, which I really loved. Errol, on the other hand was optimistic and funny. It took some time for their relationship to get on speed but it did get there.
Seemingly fluffy and light-hearted, Mad Love is not. I mean, partly is just you’re cloudy-romantic-light read but Selfors did touch on serious issues that are important in real life.
Even though it has past, Mad Love is absolutely a perfect to read on Valentines day with a warm cup of coffee. I am very much looking forward to other novels by Selfors, as she has impressed me with Mad Love.