Stupid Cupid by Ronda Stapleton (December 22nd 2009—Simon Pulse)
Source: contest win
Grade: 3.8/4 stars out of 5
Summary: “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.”
Review: Stupid Cupid impressed me from what I normally perceived it as. I was totally skeptical of this book because it reminded me so much of this other book which I did not like. Plus I was initially turned off by the cover. After winning this in a contest and leaving it up to twitter, the votes all pointed to read this and so I did. Stupid Cupid is laugh out loud ridiculously funny. I think I snorted twice while reading.
Rhonda Stapleton was book touring with Kristina Springer (author of The Espressologist) and Kristin Walker (author of A Match Made in High School) I believe which is beyond perfect! Cupid Stupid is the mixture of the two—hilarious with an original concept.
Let’s go back to me being skeptical about this book. On the first chapter I was pretty haughty with my nose turned up, maliciously smiling thinking how Stapleton can pull this off without making it sound like a 7 year-old’s dream. Inner me: Cupid though? You expect me to believe that the main character has a magical device to charm two people together so they fall in love? Ha! I am amused by your silliness. After chapter 1: Oh shit, that makes sense. But here’s the thing, there’s a level of fantasy that’s to be expected from this book. The part of “love arrows through email” bit? you just have to accept. The explanation of how Felicity is hired, where the money comes from, and what she does is the believable part.
Next up, the chortling fun. I think this humor is for everyone. It isn’t sadistic humor, dry humor, really odd that you can’t help but laugh at the awkwardness humor, but a good wholesome comedy. I’ll give you a hint. Felicity + men’s bathroom. If you want to know why Felicity ran into a men’s bathroom then pick up a copy! If not then continue reading while I hope to dazzle you and convince you to pick up a copy.
Oh wait, crap I don’t know what else to say. So yeah please be really interested in knowing why Felicity went to the men’s restroom.
Here are my issues for Stupid Cupid though. Like Scones and Sensibility the first half of the book was very pleasant to read, but then it became very frustrating to read. I was slightly iffy with some characters, found them to be monotonous, irritating, and skim-worthy.
I really dislike this cover. Something about the model I find very unappealing for this book. Might be the age. Does she look high-schoolish to you?