Only Everything, Kieran Scott
Published May 6, 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
High school romance is tough—even for a bona fide love goddess. Can Cupid succeed as a mortal matchmaker?
When Eros (aka Cupid) is expelled from Olympus for defying Zeus after falling in love with Orion, she is banished to what she believes to be hell. We call it New Jersey. If she ever wants to go back to the comforts of her old life, she will have to find love for three couples—without using her powers.
Eros, now calling herself True, immediately identifies her first project in Charlie and believes finding him love will be a piece of cake. Charlie is new at school and eager to break out of his old image of band geek, so it’s lucky for him when he falls in with the right crowd on his first day. But music is still his passion. That is, until he meets Katrina…
Katrina is floundering after the death of her father and takes refuge with a boy who, while not entirely supportive, will be there when she needs him, unlike her mother. Too bad True thinks any girl Charlie talks to is perfect for him. Can she get out of her own way and help Charlie and Katrina connect, or will she be stuck in New Jersey forever?
I love reading mythology and I really like seeing these timeless stories with a new twist. This was a fun and light take on Eros, the Greek god of love. Kieran Scott turns Eros into a goddess with a bit of an attitude. Eros has been so busy with her new love Orion that she’s not doing her work of facilitating love matches, so she is banished to Earth to get to work. Eros becomes True, a high school student that would fit right into Mean Girls.
I admit, True was not my favorite character in the beginning. She’s whiny and self-absorbed, but I really came around on her by the end and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I think there’s going to be a lot more to her than just matchmaking.
I didn’t mind True’s less pleasant characteristics because I thought Charlie and Katrina were both just adorable. It was obvious where the romance was leading from the beginning, but the journey was worth it this case. Yes, this was a fluffy high school romance, but there the accompanying teenage angst was not overdone. Scott was able to keep it serious without too much melodrama (besides from Aphrodite and when you’re a goddess you’re allowed to be melodramatic). I also really love reading books where not every character is lily white and flawless so thank you Kieran for that!
A very cute new series, check it out when you’re looking for a light read!