Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

Title: Mad Love
Author: Suzanne Selfors
Published: 6th June 2011 (UK)
Format: Finished Paperback
Pages: 336
RRP: £6.99
Rating: 13+

When you’re the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalised for mental illness. After putting on a brave face for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue and the Queen can’t write it. Alice needs a story for her mother – and she needs one fast. That’s when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol’s voice in her head and see things she can’t explain, she must face the truth – that she’s either inherited her mother’s madness, or Errol is for real.

The main character, Alice, is far too busy making sure everything is alright to actually have a social life, as her mother is affected by bipolar disorder, and currently in rehab. However, her mother is the Queen of Romance, has churned out thirty romance novels, and has a huge amount of adoring fans. Alice has to keep up with the charade, and it means that no one except her two close neighbours, Mrs Bobot and Reverend Ruttles (and his lovely roommate Archibald) know. It involves writing letters and calling back the publishers letting them know the next book is on the way (even though her mum’s last book was 3 years ago), answering fan mail and signing books for events!

I really loved Alice as the main character and heroine. She was a great mix of confidence and sweetness, and I could easily relate to her. I particularly liked the character of Tony, who skateboards past her house every morning, 9.30am on the dot. He was such a gentleman!

I thought Alice’s relationship and behaviour in regards to Errol, the strange hooded guy who is pretty determined for Alice to write his story, were very realistically portrayed. For a lot of the book she was very suspicious of him.

There was a lovely message in the story, and that it was important for Alice to realise that she doesn’t have to fix everything, she doesn’t have to do everything for everyone else, and how it’s important to know you don’t have to hide things like that from people, even though Alice thought it would have negative effects.

I really loved the writing style, and overall the quality of the writing was good too. The characters, especially Mrs Bobot, Realm (Mrs Bobot’s granddaughter), Archibald, Tony and the Reverend were all really fantastic characters.

I think that even though the book was based on a classic love story, it felt really unique, it did not feel like it had been done before. I think the developed characters were the soul behind this book, and it made me feel really connected to it!

Plot: 8/10
There was no really plot, but lot’s of events and things happening that made it really interesting.
Writing Quality: 9/10
The writing quality was brilliant.
Originality: 9/10
It felt really original to me!
Characters: 10/10
I loved the characters, they were divine.
Descriptions: 8/10
I didn’t feel like there was an overdose of descriptions, but I really loved the setting, I could imagine it well.

44/50 = 88%


Thank you to Bloomsbury for providing the review copy.


One response to “Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

  1. oooh! Thanks for the review–this one sounds really cute!!!

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