Love, Love, Love offers two stories on love for the price of one. Deborah Reber’s Language of Love focuses on a high school student Molly and her BFF Janna, as well as Molly’s boy-pal Emmett. Janna lives in Molly’s blonde hair and blue eye shadow, with Emmett as Janna’s biggest cheerleader. Janna’s younger brother, Henry, rounds out the cast, and the story is definitely written for the younger tween set.
Janna uses a prank to snare her new beau Julian, which is a definite boost to her self esteem, but will end up biting her where it hurts in the end. Her rouse of pretending to be a foreign exchange student backfires (predictably) as her true identity comes to light. Through it all, Janna realizes the one-sidedness of her relationship with Molly, and discovers that she can be interesting on her own without needing someone else to warm up the crowd for her first. The middle school crowd is likely to find Janna’s “fake” accent endearing and will enjoy discovering how she sorts it all out in the end.
The second story is Cupidity by Caroline Goode and centers around Laura Sweney and her best friend. They both read mythology for school, but during one of their adventures, a book character becomes very real. With a bit of fantasy and whimsy, Cupid is personified and a mythical pact is made. As Laura battles the popular crowd, fights the bullies and discovers herself, her ally protects and serves as she looks for lasting love. The characters are honestly portrayed with a predictable ending, but the story is a good source of “what if” feelings for a young reader interested in how to eventually find the right one.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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