This author spices up a very predictable plot with entertaining snappy dialogue.
Josie Sheridan is 15 and intellectually gifted. She takes classes at both high school and the local college, as does her best friend and neighbor, Stu Wagemaker, who is 16. Stu dates a lot of girls but never stays with one very long; gee, maybe he is secretly in love with is best friend. But Josie doesn’t notice; she is preoccupied by the fact that her beloved older sister Kate is about to get married to a guy Josie doesn’t like. Josie admits she doesn’t understand about love – it’s one of the few “languages” she doesn’t speak. (On the other hand, she considers herself adept at the language of high school, which she calls Ohmig*d, and the language of college, which she labels Ohmig*d 2.0.)
Then Josie and Stu get a new instructor for Sociolinguistics at the college, and Josie is instantly smitten. Is this what love is, she wonders?
Josie gets exhausted trying to work all this out, while also navigating all the subcultures in her life, “constantly shifting from one language to the next….”
Her delightful and witty parents try to help, but eventually it takes radical actions by both Kate and Stu to give Josie insight into the language of herself.
Evaluation: This is a fast cute read, and a good break from books with devastating psychological, social, medical, or environmental problems. It’s just a nice story about nice kids in nice families.
Published by Dial Books, a member of the Penguin Group (USA), 2014