Title: The Cupid Effect
Author: Dorothy Koomson
Release Date: August 2, 2007
Genre: Chick Lit
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Ceri is a listener, there’s no doubt about it. People come to her with their problems and she listens and dispenses advice. However, where are all these people she helps out when she needs a shoulder to cry on? It’s the downside of always listening to others, but not having anyone who’s willing to listen to you.
Now Ceri has left her life in London to become a lecturer at a university, and she has made a vow to stop listening to everyone, to stop being a matchmaker. But she gets more than she bargains for with the new people she meets, and Ceri is left wondering if she is indeed a modern day cupid.
I love Dorothy Koomson’s novels. From My Best Friend’s Girl to Marshmallows for Breakfast, they are always reliable reads that never fail to be both entertaining and completely gripping. With The Cupid Effect, I was delighted to find a lighter novel than Koomson’s usual heart-wrenching fare. While this is definitely an introspective, thought-provoking novel, it’s a lot less serious than her other books, which suited my mood perfectly.
I absolutely loved the character of Ceri. She was so generous with her time and energy and gave all she could to her friends. She was also easy to relate to – a lot of people feel like they give so much to their friends, yet receive little in return. Additionally, you couldn’t help but sympathize with her frustration at being alone. Everyone around her seemed to be finding love (or at least lust) – why was Ceri cursed to be alone?
I thought the premise of The Cupid Effect was incredibly interesting and unique. I didn’t necessarily get that from the novel’s summary, and I didn’t hint at it in my summary either because I didn’t want to give away key plot points. I’m not sure it was entirely believable, but it was definitely entertaining. I like that Koomson took a chance with this novel and I think it really paid off.
The Cupid Effect was an entertaining chick lit novel that I really enjoyed. My only regret is that it’s not available in the US! I got my copy of this book from the UK. Happily, Koomson’s novels are starting to become available on this side of the pond, so hopefully this one comes out here soon!