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Lantz, Francess. Letters to Cupid.

Pleasant Co., American Girl (8400 Fairway Place, P.O. Box 620998, Middleton, WI 53562). 148p. c2001. 1-58485-374-3. $5.95. J

This is a slightly over-the-top, near farcical account of Bridgette's search for true love. Most of this story is told in the third person, with the letters to Cupid, written by hand by Bridgette, sandwiched between the chapters. Bridgette is just entering 8th grade in a small town in Pennsylvania, near Amish country. She is ready to find her soul mate and to fall in love, but she doesn't know much about it. Her parents are squabbling and obviously aren't models of true love. When she interviews her older brother and his fiancee separately as research for her true love term paper, she discovers they don't have a clue about each other's basic values and goals. Another older brother is a movie buff and he tries to explain true love by what he has learned from classic movies like Witness and Titanic (opposites attract) but he really has no first-hand knowledge. Most of the plot concerns Bridgette's attempts to find her true love, even to the extent of exchanging love letters with a "secret admirer." Her attempts flop in a grandiose way, and her research involving the almost-newlyweds results in their dramatic break-up on the night before their wedding. But part of her research actually pays off, when she uses a gadget that disguises voices over the phone to get the truth out of her mother and father in a way that ultimately helps them resolve some of their problems. At the end of the story, she is more realistic about what true love might or might not be, and the reader has had some good laughs along the way.

Lantz is an experienced writer for YAs and she gets the light tone just right. Perhaps at times her reader may be exasperated at Bridgette's naivete, but in the end there is only admiration for her stubborn determination to understand a difficult concept. For the youngest YAs. Claire Rosser, KLIATT
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Author:Rosser, Claire
Publication:Kliatt
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 2002
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