Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan


“I have never said ‘I love you’ to anyone. So they get upset or mad – usually both – and break up with me.”

“You never said ‘I love you’ to a single girlfriend?”


“Why not?”

“Because I intend to say it to only one person. When I’m sure. When the time is right.” He leans closer and smiles just a little. “And when I can predict with certainty what your response will be.”

And he kisses me – gently and lingering.

I love this book. I read this over the weekend at the lake, and thought that it was such a lovely story that a pretty picture is appropriate. There are books where you want to critique it to within an inch of its life, then there books that you want to just appreciate it for how it made it you feel. Love and Other Foreign Words is one of those books that made me feel good; made me grin like a fool. Josie is such a quirky, insightful, unintentionally funny character. She reminds me of Don Tillman; highly inquisitive, intellectual being who manages to be funny without fully intending to be so. 

This book also achieved being romantic even if the romance was subtle. Figure that out! It’s sweet and awkward, which to me is the perfect combination in a teen contemporary romance.  It wasn’t obvious, and if you were disciplined enough not to take a peek at the ending (unlike me), the romance may even surprise you. I should also mention that parents of all parties are very much present and accounted for, which is almost unheard of, if you ask me. 

The family dynamics is surreal, almost. They’re a close-knit bunch. Though the Bridezilla sister will probably annoy you, as well, Bridezilla’s fiancé. But in the end, you’ll probably forgive them anyway.

  • Aw, yay! I’m so happy you loved this one Joy! The romance is so sweet and awkward–and perfect. 🙂 It was such fun reading Josie’s perspective.

  • After reading your review and a few others, I’m definitely planning to buy this book! The idea is so much fun and Josie sounds awesome. I’m curious to see how the romance will be, too. Amazing review 🙂

    • Josie sounds like an old person trapped in a fifteen-year-old’s body. She’s so funny!

  • I love that photo, just gorgeous!

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    That. Excerpt. I need this book, romances like this-sign me up! Plus I had never even heard of it before so bonus points 😉 Awesome picture, by the way!

  • YES! Me too! LOVED how this book made me feel. It was beautiful!

    • Loved. Loved. One of the best in 2014 so far. 🙂

  • what a sweet review, love the picture. It sounds like the book was hug worthy

  • This sounds absolutely wonderful! I’m all for quirky leads, so I’ll definitely be picking this one up. 🙂 Sweet and awkward romances are adorableeee. <3

    • Great! I can’t wait to see what you think, Aimee. 🙂

  • Christy

    Damn, that little excerpt made me swoon! Hell yes I need to read this now.

    • Lol! Well, too bad it happened towards the end. Whoops. Spoilers. 🙂

  • Yes! Sweet and awkward is the perfect combo in teen romance, and I’m glad to hear it’s not predictable either. I have a copy of this and I need to move it up my TBR pile, it sounds awesome! I think I’m going to love Josie and her family (well maybe not bridezilla :D). Great review!

    • Thanks, Lauren. I’ll be looking out for your review when you have the chance to read it. 🙂

  • Oh it sounds really good, I’m glad you had a great time with it. It sounds like we can find many great things in it.

  • YAY! I LOVED this book, too. I just finished it earlier this week and I absolutely fell in love with Josie and her family. It’s definitely going on my “Best of 2014” list. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one too. 🙂

    • Definitely one of the best! I really love the family dynamics here. Every other character is as quirky as they are funny. 🙂

  • I haven’t heard much about this book from other book bloggers, but it sounds absolutely wonderful, Joy. I can tell that I will love the quirky characters (huge fan of those) and the lovely and subtle romance. Also, I’m so glad to hear about the family being a huge part of the book. I definitely need to give this one a shot.
    Lovely review, Joy!

    • Thanks, Nick. It’s such a contrast from the previous book that I’ve read. The parents are definitely front and centre in this one. 🙂

  • Oh this one seems like a must read for me! i’ve been eyeing this one for ages and the quote it unbelievably amazing! I love it!

  • I really like the sound of this one – sweet, funny, happy. I think it will make for a perfect summer read 🙂 I also love the picture you took with the book – so pretty!

    • I hope you’ll read it, Nicole. I’m curious to see if you’ll like it as much as I did. I’d like to confirm the fact that we’re book soul mates. Lol.

  • I think you had me at the quote! You’ve lately been reading lots of books I reallllyyyyy want to read. I’m glad they’ve all been pretty good so far 🙂 Great review! 🙂

    • Oh I know right? For once, I’m not reading too many hair-pulling, maddening books!

  • That picture makes me want to drop everything I’m doing and find someplace warm to read. If the book really is anything like that, I can’t wait to read it. I love that the romance is subtle and so heartwarming. It sounds wonderful.

    • I thought it was also the perfect way to read the book. 🙂

  • Just added to my TBR. I definitely need this book. I loved the part of the book that you shared. *blushes*

    • Thanks, Dre. You will love it, I think. There is something almost inhuman about the way Josie thinks and questions LOVE in general. I swear, I was giggling every other page of this book. 🙂

  • This sounds like the perfect book to read while laying outside… as it appears you did yourself. I was on the deck reading myself this past weekend, and though the book wasn’t quite as great a fit as this one apparently is, there’s just something about reading outside. A sweet contemporary romance is often my preference. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this one!

    • I was, yes. My husband and my boy was playing catch and it was such a beautiful day!

  • Sabrinamk

    Aww, this sounds lovely. Also, I want to frame that photo and hang it as art. Pretty!

    *Gasp* You peek at endings?! 😉

    • Haha! Yes, yes, I do. I can’t be trusted to read physical copies of books; I always peek at the ending. E-copies, however, are a different matter. And thanks! That’s the beauty of filters.

  • I already have this one in my TBR pile but I so want to push it up the list now. I loved that quote! Great review and gorgeous picture!!

  • Oh, I want to read this one. Sounds like something I would love! Thank you for a great review.

    • Thanks Victoria. Very entertaining book. 🙂

  • Ack. Amazing review Joy. <3 I'm so glad you loved this book. And swoon. That quote makes me happy, hih 😀 Thank you for sharing. Sigh. It sounds like a really sweet book. And it makes me happy you liked the romance. 🙂

    • Thanks, Carina. Swooning happens toward the end. 🙂 But giggling happens every other page.