As if I didn't have enough to do already, I thought I'd try a little experiment. See, I read more books than any sane person should, and I review as many of those as I can. And yet, I continue to read books that don't fall into my normal reviewing sphere of influence. Like, say, teen romantic comedies. So I think every so often, I'll grab a few of these "other" books and whip up a review here. One rule. If I can't say it in 5 minutes, it won't be said. Brief, off-the-cuff, spur-of-the-moment thoughts. Ready?
Cupidity, by Caroline Goode, Simon Pulse, 01/05, $5.99, ISBN 0-689-87228-3, 273 pages
Laura Sweeney is your average dateless, hapless, way-too-smart, glasses-wearing, mythology-reading senior in high school. Frustrated with her love life, comma, lack thereof, she makes an impromptu request to the gods. "Jupiter, send me a boyfriend!" And lo, the gods, long since fallen out of power and mostly living in a California retirement home, send her help, in the form of Cupid, who takes on a female disguise as "Cupidity". Much wackiness ensues as arrows fly, double dates are had, mismatches are made, and Cupidity gets nailed by her own arrows. Laura has to enlist some mythological help to set things right and find her own boyfriend after all.
Well, it's not a bad book, persay. Just.... obvious. The proper boyfriend for Laura is set up early on, and practically has neon arrows pointing at him. Everything else is just Laura discovering who she wants to be with. And as one character actually says, "Cupidity" rhymes with "stupidity." Some great scenes involving mythological figures in retirement homes or poolhalls, but much of this book reads a bit awkwardly, or forced. Nice brain-candy, relaxing, fun in a summer-teen-movie-starring-Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes or one of that ilk-way. Mostly harmless.
(And that's 5 minutes. I can see I'll have to spend less time on summary, more on thoughts next time. But this is fun, in a strange way. Be warned, I have plenty of books to worth with. :> )