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.