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Just a heads up that I'm going dark for several weeks. I may still update posts/challenges but there will be no new content, not even Thursdays.

My Mom died and I'm taking each day as it comes, plus helping my Dad go through her stuff.

Jan 16 update: Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, is in the hospital for bypass surgery

Feb 19 update: MIL is home now :-D and slowly getting better. I'm still helping my Dad with Mom's stuff but since my brother is out of town, I'm spending 4 nights at his house every week for a month. It's MUCH closer to Dad's and they do meals together and hang out.

Mar 8 update: I'm having a blast with my Dad. MIL has gone back to the hospital

Mar 29 update: MIL is home but not doing well.

Apr 9 update: SIL is nurse and has taken time off work to care for MIL who is basically receiving hospice care at home.

I'll see you in May . . . April 23 update: My Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, died yesterday.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review: Love and Other Foreign Words

Love and Other Foreign Words
by Erin McCahan

Dial
May 2014
978-0803740518
ebook, hardcover
Children's Fiction (12 and up)
336 pages

author's website

Book Description:
Can anyone be truly herself--or truly in love--in a language that's not her own?

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.

~ My Thoughts ~
I don't remember High School being this hard. Is it because Josie is so much smarter? Is it because I didn't have sisters?

I really like Josie and the way she interacts with the world. I'm not sure I'm on her side for the wedding or if I'm on Kate's side. I know the bride always picks out horrible dresses that look great on the models but not on actual bridesmaids. Ear piercings and contact lenses should be a personal decision but I'd pick getting my ears pierced over sticking a finger in my eye.

back to reading . . .

I'm not sure which is more painful, wait, yes I am. Kate is the sister and the bride. She is why I'm so happy I don't have sisters. And I only have one daughter. This book may be about Josie but as Kate is her sister, the wedding plays a big part in it and I'm willing to kick the wedding to the curb. The tick conversation was bad enough but to take over someone else's birthday dinner with wedding conversation was rude and unfeeling. grrr . . . not liking Kate at all but loving the parents!

back to reading . . .

Oh no! I need tissues. And a wet noodle!

back to reading . . .

ahem, some things should never be done. Always remember that some things done can never be undone. Words sent on into the world can never be retrieved, even when you say you're sorry. A photo on the internet lasts forever, even when deleted.


*sniffle* I love weddings. This one more than I expected.


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of NetGalley and amazon.com and is being reviewed as part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.


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