(Review) RHYMES WITH CUPID by Anna Humphrey

All month long, Ashley from Books From Bleh to Basically Amazing and Shanyn from Chicks Love Lit are hosting an epic event entitled Just Contemporary.

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Author: Anna Humphrey
Release Date: Out now (Jan. 01, 2011)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Received: Borrowed to read; recently purchased


Goodman's Gifts & Stationery Store

February 14
Cashier: Elyse

3 boxes of heart-shaped chocolate . . . $12.00
Chocolate is the only good thing about this nauseating holiday.
4 containers of candy hearts . . . $5.00
Ever since my ex cheated on me, I've sworn off love. Too bad my new neighbor Patrick didn't get the memo.
1 Valentine's Day card . . . $4.50
I'm not interested. Although, he is pretty cute. And sweet. And funny.
1 singing Cupid doll (promotional item) . . . $0.00
Stupid Cupid! Point your arrows at someone else. . . .
Subtotal . . . $21.50

It's going to be a complicated Valentine's Day.

I was planning to wait and post my review of RHYMES WITH CUPID on Valentine's Day, but decided to post it now in honor of Just Contemporary month. Besides, this gives you two months to buy the book and read it if you don't win my giveaway, right? ^.~

If you're a fan of contemporary YA romances such as ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins, you'll really enjoy this as well! Anna Humphrey's RHYMES WITH CUPID is exactly what you would expect: A light-hearted, feel-good romance. Every once in a while, it's nice to read something sweet and predictable, and this book is as gooey-good as the ice cream sundae on its cover! Main character Elyse is a cynic and doesn't believe in love after a relationship that ends badly. She works at a mall gift shop and is forced to promote sappy Valentine's Day cards and singing Cupid dolls. Her co-worker Dina, however, is really into the holiday despite also not having a boyfriend. Dina is emotionally attached to a guy who always blows her off, and Elyse decides to get her over him once and for all. She decides to hook her up with a guy named Patrick who comes into the shop one day looking for a new pen. He's pretty cute and, as luck would have it, he's Elyse's next-door neighbor, too. The only problem? Patrick only has eyes for Elyse...and Elyse might be starting to have thoughts on pairing him up with Dina, even though the last thing she wants is another relationship.

A book like this one is the reason I often prefer contemporary romances to the paranormal/fantasy insta-love syndrome. I prefer it when relationships grow gradually and bonds build through friendship before blooming into something more. This is one reason I liked ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS so much. I've been trying to replicate the feeling I had when reading that and so far, RHYMES WITH CUPID has come the closest. There are some really great scenes between the two main characters that are completely re-readable. Granted, there are times Elyse annoys me because she's so gung-ho on swearing off love. How can she resist Patrick? He's incredible; I'd totally date a Patrick if he was in my life. At the same time, there are reasons for the things she does and it's commendable that she's willing to sacrifice her own happiness for a friend's. I read this book earlier this fall, so it doesn't have to be read in February. Anytime you're looking for a tasty read, this one might be just what your sweet tooth is looking for!


I honestly think the book covers for this book and PAST PERFECT by Leila Sales (guest post and review HERE) should be flip-flopped. In PAST PERFECT, the main character, Chelsea, and her best friend Fiona are ice cream connoisseurs and the book takes place during the summer. This breezy cover would be perfect, right? RHYMES WITH CUPID, on the other hand, takes place in February. Okay, so maybe a rain jacket is still a little inappropriate, but you could do the same cover with snow. The cover never really jived with PAST PERFECT despite how much I enjoyed it.

That said, the cover is really cute and breezy, easily ear-marked as a light-hearted romance, so it's perfectly suited for its genre!


  1. I LOVE the cover of this book!! It's so cute and pretty!!! I like the sound of it!! I'm so looking forward to reading this book!!! Thank you for the awesome review!! Great post!

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  2. I love the cover! THanks for the review! I just put it on my TBR list!
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  3. I'm not a fan of contemporary YA romances but it sounds very interesting. I loved your review! The cover is very beautiful.

  4. Wow this looks like such a cute book. Adding it to my reading list. Thanks so much for the review!

  5. Ok, so this one DOES sound super cute! Seriously- It sounds adorable! I'm going to have to check it out, because it just sounds like a whole lot of fun! And sometimes, you just really need that fun and fluffy! :)

    <3s to you! Thanks for participating in Just Contemporary November!

  6. Hello Anna, I wish you a nice day.

  7. well, if its like Anna and the French Kiss I have to read this! :) The cover is great and the story is really interesting. I can't wait to get my hands on this.

  8. Wow this looks like such a cute book. Adding it to my reading list. Thanks so much for the review!

  9. Sounds nice! I've had it on my wishlist for months now.

  10. Awwww I love these kinds of contemporaries! They're my guilty pleasure. I've been wondering about this book ever since I saw that cute cover/title. I know just what you mean about those re-readable scenes! SO looking forward to this one now. Thank you!

  11. This sounds like such a fun read and I love the title. Can't wait to get my hands on it


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