Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Stupid Cupid - Rhonda Stapleton


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.

Release Date: December 22, 2009
Pages: 272
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Buy: amazon / indiebound / book depository


Originality: 15/20
Characters: 10/15
Writing: 8/10
Voice: 8/10
Ending: 9/10
Entertainment: 9/10
Cover: 10/10
Recommendation: 8/10

Total: 77/100 = C+


Before I start this review, I would like to say that Stupid Cupid is more like a Simon Romantic Comedy than just a regular Simon Pulse book. I went into it thinking that it might be a little bit serious, and a little less predictable, than a regular Simon Rom-Com, but that was not the case.

My main thing with this book was that it was very predictable. I guessed what was going to happen at the end about halfway through the book. It didn't keep me wondering what was going to happen, and that disappointed me. I would've liked to have kept myself guessing at least a little bit.

Another thing that I thought could have been improved was the character's development. To me, none of the characters were really developed as they could have been. Felicity was a bit more developed than the other characters, but still not as developed as she should have been, being the main character.

The last thing that I didn't really enjoy about this book was that I was never really interested or drawn into the book. I didn't really care for the characters or what they were going through, I never really felt what the characters were feeling. It was almost like I was just kind of going through the motions as I was reading because I had to.

Now, onto some good things. The premise of the story was very good. As far as I know, there aren't any young adult books about cupids. The premise was really the best thing about the book, in my opinion. Also, as many of you know, I'm a sucker for cute endings, like the endings in Simon Rom-Coms. Now, I'm not going to give the ending away, but let's just say I liked it. (:

Overall, Stupid Cupid was a good debut novel. I look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy. I hope that Stapleton works on the writing and making the characters more developed... that would make me enjoy the books much more. I think, besides it's flaws, Stupid Cupid is still a good book to read -- it's just more of a check out from the library book, and not a go buy from the bookstore book.


1 comment:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Nice review. I really do want to read this. It's a nice idea for a book...cupids. Reminds me of that show that used to be on (maybe it go canceled? Idk...I hope not).