Can anyone be truly herself or truly in love in a language that's not her own?
Sixteen year old Josie knows a lot of languages: 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 hwo speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister, Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime?
As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boy 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. - excerpt from book.
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan is about a teenage girl who is very good at languages but not good at dealing with strangers and love. I did not know what to expect for this book and just hoped that it will be a funny young adult romance story. It was an interesting book as the main character herself is cute and weird. Her conversations and reactions to people and incidents are not what you expect from a teenager. It was also good to read about her thoughts as she interprets words that are said differently from the normal teenager. The other characters of the book are also not bad in supporting the plot. Her family is definitely not a typical family but I guess it's because of how they need to interact with the main character.
The plot was okay allowing the story to move forward smoothly. Some of the incidents were funny to read about, often making me laugh. When I was reading the book, it made an impression to me about people because the main character has a very unique personality. The whole book was about her life and it captured my attention well. This book was not a fantastic love story, but it was more of a coming-of-age book instead with a little bit of romance included.
I highly recommend this to readers who always enjoy a good coming-of-age story. I quite love coming-of-age books as it allows me to have a perspective about teens these days as when I was a teenager, my era was totally different. This book is also recommended to readers who enjoys a book about friendship and family. I'm not sure if I would read this book again as it did leave an impression but not a strong one that I would get warm and nice feelings from the book that triggers me to read it again.