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Liked the first story; not so much for the second
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2011
This 452-page tome include two stories from Simon Pulse, Simon & Shuster's divison for contemporary teen fiction. The first story, Language of Love, finds Janna in a bind after she puts on a foreign accent to impress a boy, then finds that she must keep up the accent and supposed lifestyle of a foreign exchange students if she is to keep the interest of that boy. Or does she? Janna has been somewhat of a shy wallflower so having a boy want to be with her is thrilling. Her confidence soars and she becomes more outgoing in her persona as a Hungarian girl. Teens will relate to the pressure (often brought on by themselves) to be in a romantic relationship, whatever the cost. Humor and romance take center stage in this story.
Cupidity is the second story and it wasn't interesting enough to keep me reading; in fact, it was a struggle just to finish the book in order to review it. High schooler Laura wants a boyfriend but is having no luck getting one. A new girl arrives at her school and soon several oddball couples have been formed. It seems Cupidity might be the cause for these unions. In fact, she is actually Cupid in disguise, coming to shoot his/her arrow at Laura to finally have her in love with the boy of her dreams. The plot line became unbelievable when Laura meets Cupidity's/Cupid's father, Mercury, and the two travel to find Venus, the goddess of love, to make the world right. My interest waned as this plot line continued.