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Contributor(s): Scott, Kieran
ISBN: 1442477180     ISBN-13: 9781442477186
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: May 2014
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Annotation: Expelled from Olympus for falling in love, Eros (aka Cupid) must restore herself by matchmaking three couples without using her powers, starting with band geek Charlie, who falls head-over-heels in love with a girl who is floundering after the death of her father. By the best-selling author of the Private series. Simultaneous.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Eros (Greek deity); Fiction.
Goddesses, Greek; Fiction.
Mythology, Greek; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2013019388
Lexile Measure: 680
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: True Love
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.94 lbs) 326 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 177441
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 12.0
 
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
Love goddess Eros can unite soul mates with no problem, until Zeus banishes her to Earth. Now she's human "True," with bad skin, a bad wardrobe, and a limited amount of time to match up three perfect couples--without her powers. The predictable mythology-flavored romance novel's first-person perspective changes from True to Charlie and Katrina (a targeted couple), offering readers three distinct voices.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 March #4)

Blending ancient mythology with contemporary romance, Scott (the He's So/She's So trilogy) offers a clever story about the difficulty of finding true love. After spending 3,000 years pining for her "soul mate" Orion, who had been turned into a constellation, Eros, Aphrodite's daughter (yes, daughter), manages to pull him from the sky. Their blissful reunion is short-lived. A displeased Zeus imprisons Orion and banishes Eros to present-day New Jersey; she can't return to Mount Olympus until she has matched three human couples without using her powers. Plenty of comedy follows as Eros and her mother adjust to the discomforts of Earth, including the unpleasant reality that human bodies require more upkeep than godly ones. Eros finds it difficult to play matchmaker as two human teens, Charlie and Katrina, get tangled in ill-fated relationships. Readers, especially those familiar with the underlying Greek myths, will relish the intermingling of classic figures and modern-day teens. The messy relationships will strike a familiar chord, and a cliffhanger twist will whet appetites for the next book in the True Love series. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah Burnes, the Gernert Company. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 May)

Gr 8 Up—Scott captures the capriciousness of the gods in her Greek mythology mash-up. The novel begins with a vignette of Eros cavorting with Orion in a secluded forest and uttering the fateful words "I'd rather die than live without you." Zeus banishes the goddess Eros to earth without her powers and with a deadline to help three mortal couples find love or lose Orion forever. Although the prologue may cause some reluctant readers to balk, once the real action starts and the young deity, in the guise of True Olympia, starts to match her first set of mortals, teens will immediately recognize and relate to the pitfalls of dating and family life. There are some not-so-subtle complaints about overreliance on technological connections, but the problems of Katrina and Charlie, the couple Eros ultimately unites, are engaging. There are strong themes about staying true to one's self and finding relationships that are based on mutual respect, but Scott finds the fine line between showing rather than preaching. Readers looking for a denouement are likely to be disappointed, because once the couple has committed, the story is over. The shift is rather abrupt since the challenges facing each of the characters defy quick and easy solutions. However, the shifts in perspective and the recurring flashbacks combined with the clever use of literary devices creates a text complexity that is present without becoming overwhelming. This series will round out collections in need of a little romance that doesn't involve dystopias or vampires.—Jodeana Kruse, R. A. Long High School, WA

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