How did I get it?:
I bought it!
Sixteen-year-old Josie lives her life in translation. She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls. But none of these is her native tongue — the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn’t always like, and the best friend who hasn’t said a word — at least not in a language Josie understands.
Love and Other Foreign Words was just a delight to read. It has been contemporary books that have been getting me out of reading slumps, so this book was perfect. I really loved the voice of our main protagonist Josie. I also loved the relationships she had with her sisters, but I’m getting ahead of myself…
Love and Other Foreign Words follows Josie as she’s trying to understand love. It begins when her older sister brings home a guy that she’s engaged to. Josie can’t connect with the guy, and really doesn’t understand why her sister Kate is in love with him. Kate tells Josie that she can’t really judge having not been in love herself.
I could totally understand why Josie didn’t like Kate’s fiance Geoff. He comes across as such an irritating know it all at first. He offends the family by criticising the family dish and really puts Josie’s nose out of joint. I grew to like him though, through the story, but it did take a while. Josie does her best to try and put a stop to the wedding. She doesn’t understand why her sister has changed so much for a guy that really seems to be insufferable and have no redeeming qualities. Josie doesn’t really believe in love at first sight, even though she’s intrigued by the science behind it.
I know some people have had trouble connecting with Josie, and I get that. I just found her voice incredibly refreshing. I haven’t really read a character like Josie for a while. There are some fantastic secondary characters too like Josie’s friends Stu and Sophie. I thought they were fantastic characters who I would have liked to have read more about.
As I mentioned before, the sisterly relationship in this book is fantastic. I loved reading about Kate and Josie’s sibling relationship although I didn’t like how much Kate was trying to change Josie for the better for her role of bridesmaid. That really didn’t sit right with me. That’s the only real niggle I had with the story, other than that I thought it was a cutesy, fun contemporary with a very different main protagonist!
Would I recommend it?:
Of course! Definitely for fans of the genre.