Saturday, December 06, 2014
Love and Other Foreign Words, by Erin McCahan
For a story about language and communication, it is a good thing that McCahan excels with dialogue in this rather chatty book. Unfortunately, she is less successful with telling her story. There are some pretty obvious directions that the story will go (reconciliation being the obvious consistent solution in all cases), but there isn't much in the first 200 pages of the book to give any indication of where McCahan intends to go.
It didn't help that I failed to gain much sympathy for Josie or Kate. For much of the book, they were just plain mean to each other. And, while I know full well how siblings can be, it's hard for me to believe that the parents wouldn't have more effectively stepped in. Finally, there's that silly infatuation that Josie has over Denis DeYoung -- excuse me?! Gag!