MAD LOVE by Suzanne Selfors
Bloomsbury: Walker & Company
Released: January 4, 2011
Source: Good Golly Miss Holly ARC Tours
Page Count: 363
Rating: Really liked it!
Writing her own love story could drive a girl INSANE!
As the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life for sixteen-year-old Alice Amorous should be pretty good. But ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness, Alice has been forced to maintain a brave front - lying to her new crush, Tony; answering fan letters; forging her mother's signature; telling the publisher that all is well. Now time is running out, and so is their money. The next books is overdue and the Queen can't write it. Alice needs to deliver a new novel for her mother - and she needs to come up with one fast.
That's when she meets Errol, a strange guy claiming to be Cupid, who insists that Alice must write about his tragic romance with Psyche - the greatest love story of all time. Only, Alice doesn't believe in Cupid . . .
Mad Love was an even better book than expected. I was worried, at first, about how the serious nature of bipolar disorder would affect the story, but, though a few moments were sad, the entire plot was not bogged down in misery, making Mad Love quite an enjoyable read. I wasn't a huge fan of the secondary characters, though, and those interactions are what brought my final grade for the book down to a B+.
Alice Amorous is the daughter of Belinda Amorous – the Queen of Romance. But her life isn’t as glamorous as her mother’s publicity shots would make you think. Instead of living the high life, Alice is stuck in a tiny apartment building, going to high school online, and trying her damndest to hide the fact that her mother has been committed to a private psychiatric hospital – not overseas researching her next book, as almost everyone else believes.
One day, as she is filling in for her mother at a book discussion and signing, Alice meets Errol, a seemingly crazy boy who wants her to write his book. She eventually discovers that he is Cupid. Yes, that Cupid – just without the chubby cheeks and sagging diaper. As Alice tries desperately to juggle writing a book, a new crush, and dealing with her neighbor’s pesky granddaughter with her already unstable life, she realizes that something has got to give. The question is: How long can she last before her house of cards comes crashing down?
Reading this book made me think of my aunt, who had bipolar disorder and died three years ago almost to the day I read the book due to alcohol addiction. She self-medicated with alcohol instead of trusting doctors to help her, and she paid the price with an early grave. Her oldest daughter, on the other hand, is taking a stand against the disorder and is trying to get help she needs. She is so brave, and I so admire her courage and fortitude.
If you or a loved one have bipolar disorder, remember: You are not alone. Seek help and support at through organizations such as www.DBSAlliance.org, and don’t be afraid to talk to a doctor about your symptoms.