Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Review of Stupid Cupid

Felicity's no ordinary teen matchmaker...she's a cupid!
Felicity Walker believes in true love. That's why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid's Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn't just a matchmaker...she's a cupid! (There's more than one of them, you know.)
Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But when she bends the rules of cupidity by matching her best friend Maya with three different boys at once, disaster strikes. Felicity needs to come up with a plan to set it all right, pronto, before she gets fired...and before Maya ends up with her heart split in three.
[from Goodreads]

Rating: 2 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Women who need a beach read
High point: The premise
Low point: Felicity
Reader maturity:  13+

In Stupid Cupid, the main character, Felicity, gets a job as a cupid at a matchmaking agency. She's given a tricked out phone and told to make x amount of matches per week while following a few simple rules. At first, Felicity seemed like she could handle that--seems easy enough. Well, right off the bat, the main character slips up big time and then spends the rest of the novel trying to keep her boss from finding out about the mistake she made. And then the one after that. AND the one after that. While I fully sympathize with characters that make mistakes (after all, there has to be conflict), after they keep making poor decisions, I start to get fed up, and that happened here pretty quickly. I spent the entire time wishing Felicity would just grow up already.

The writing is just...okay; it's a little hasty--not quite sloppy, but it could use some tightening up and smoothing out. In addtion, the story pops from scene to scene, dragging the reader along, which I found unpleasant. This novel feels like it could have used slightly more TLC from an editor--it's not unsalvageable, but it's not finished either. Stupid Cupid also tries to sound hip and just ends up feeling juvenile to me, but then, I prefer YA writing that could pass as adult fiction if the characters were older and more mature.

On the plus side...I finished it. It wasn't graphic. While there was needless swearing and a couple of awkward allusions, overall, it wasn't age-inappropriate, and the premise could have been entertaining if the main character's mistakes were more sincere. Stupid Cupid just wasn't my kind of book, but if you're looking for something light and frothy to spend an afternoon with, it might be the right one.

Title:  Stupid Cupid
Author:  Rhonda Stapleton
Genre:  Young Adult Fiction
Year:  2009
Book Source:  Won from The Book Cellar

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