This is such an underrated Y.A. fiction book! I dived in with no expectations, but absolutely loved it. Read this review if you would like to know more!
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☹ more of a 4.5!
Do I recommend it : Yes! This is such an underrated book that I definitely recommend to everyone!
Would I reread it : Yes, but not in the near future.
Love and Other Foreign Words, by Erin McCahan follows the life of a very smart young girl, Josie. She is witty, clever, sarcastic and an overthinker. It follows her journey as a young girl who understands all the languages in the world, figuratively speaking, except the language of love. We see her and her sister's relationship, with this guy that she might like, and with another guy. It was light hearted, funny and very fun to read!
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
The characters and their behaviour made me so frustrated. Josie sometimes annoyed me, but her sister Kate really, REALLY irked me. I wanted to take my book and throw it against the wall, but again, characters have nothing to do with the way an author writes.
The ending felt so rushed. It seemed like McCahan was building the characters, the tension, and the climax, and everything happened in the last 10 pages or so, and I was confused and I didn't feel closure. If you know what happens between Josie, her sister and a picture. I was reading to know what would happen and when I finally found out, I had no clue what actually happened, and the story simply ended there. Up to now, I still absolutely need an answer to that.
The last thing that put me off for this book was how cliché and cheesy it was. Sister/sister problems, then it was solved, then this guy comes, he's a foil and makes her realize that she likes the other one, etc. Everything was predictable, and although still very entertaining and enjoyable, there was no element of surprise.
↗ What I liked about the book :
Although I say that I disliked the characters, some of them are actually very easy to love. What I love about this book is how smart the protagonist is. A popular trope these days is the "independent badass female protagonist who doesn't need a man", but Josie is a quirky, funny, slightly awkward and very smart introvert, who goes home from parties at 10pm completely sober. To people like me, she is a lot more relatable, and also allows readers to see that yes, these people exist.
The writing style was really good, like all Y.A. contemporaries. It was easy to read, but isn't childish. It gave off a John Green vibe, which is humouristic but also serious and has great meaning behind everything.
The journey that we go through with Josie in this book was generally what I loved the most. Seeing her every day life, her thoughts and her adventures as well as her struggles made this book an awesome read, and I would definitely want to read something like this again.
No one on booktube or in blogs talk about this book, and I really wish people did! This should be on a shelf alongside Fangirl, Since You've Been Gone and An Abundance of Katherines. Can you see the vibe I get from this book?
☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend