Review: Courtesy of Cupid by Nashae Jones

Courtesy of Cupid by Nashae Jones

Courtesy of Cupid
Nashae Jones
Published January 2, 2023

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About Courtesy of Cupid

In this middle grade rom-com sprinkled with a dash of magic, a girl uses her newfound ability to make people fall in love to sabotage her rival.

Erin Johnson’s thirteenth birthday unfolds like any other day, from her mom’s quirky and embarrassing choice of outfit to racing her nemesis, Trevor Jin, to the best seat in class—front row, center. But her gifts this year include something very out of the magical powers.

Erin discovers her mysterious father is actually the love god Cupid, and she’s inherited his knack for romance. It’s not the most useful ability for an overachiever with lofty academic and extracurricular goals…or is it? Erin desperately wants to be elected president of the Multicultural Leadership Club, and as usual, Trevor is her fiercest competition. He’s never backed down from a challenge before, but if Erin makes him fall in love with her, maybe he’d drop out of the race and let her win.

With her magical pedigree, wrapping Trevor around her finger is a snap, and having him around all the time is a small price to pay for victory. But without their cutthroat rivalry bringing out the worst in each other, Erin realizes Trevor may not be as bad as she thought, and suddenly, her first foray into love gets a lot more complicated…

Courtesy of Cupid on Goodreads

My Review

I feel like this book is what would happen if you took the first Percy Jackson book and made it a romantic comedy. (Okay, there’s no special camp or anything, but hopefully, the idea still makes sense.)

The characters in the book are great in terms of being very different from one another and easy to keep track of because of that. I didn’t get anyone mixed up, even though there are a lot of named side characters, and I’m prone to mixups. I also really liked the relationship between Trevor and Erin. The rivalry made sense from Erin’s perspective, but knowing what was happening on Trevor’s side made sense, too.

Because this is a middle grade romance, the love parts of it stay in the land of very sweet. Characters hug or hold hands. There’s lots of blushing and hearts going pitter-patter, which just felt adorable.

The wrapup might have happened just a tad too simply, but on the whole, I felt like the book was very true to its rom-com flavor and definitely ended with lots of grins and good feelings. I enjoyed this one a lot, and I’m looking forward to the next book by this author.

Courtesy of Cupid on Bookshop

Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 10 up.

Erin is Black. Trevor is Korean American. Bruno and Ben, twins who are Erin’s close friends, are Latine. Ben and Bruno have two moms. Two minor characters, both men, commit to a romantic relationship.

Profanity/Crude Language Content

Romance/Sexual Content
Obvious attraction between characters culminates in holding hands or hugging, or, in one instance, a marriage proposal.

Spiritual Content
Erin learns her dad is a god, specifically Cupid. No commentary on the existence of other gods or how Cupid’s existence fits into any larger pantheon.

Violent Content
Ben makes mean comments to his brother and does some manipulative things to try to hurt him or Erin. Erin tries to use her Cupid power to control others and faces consequences for it.

Drug Content

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About Kasey

Reads things. Writes things. Fluent in sarcasm. Willful optimist. Cat companion, chocolate connoisseur, coffee drinker. There are some who call me Mom.

12 Responses to Review: Courtesy of Cupid by Nashae Jones

  1. I had no idea there even were romcoms for MG. This sounds like a really cute book, though. I will try to find a copy. Thanks for telling me about it.

    • Kasey says:

      I kept double-checking to make sure it was really MG and I didn’t just record it wrong. I’ve read a couple others, but it’s been rare for me. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. I like the idea of a romantic comedy with a touch of magic. I hadn’t heard of this book but I’m adding it to my TBR list. Thanks.

  3. Max @ Completely Full Bookshelf says:

    I’m not sure how I didn’t realize there were rom-coms being written for MG readers—that fills a huge niche, and this one sounds like a gem! The magical spin on enemies-to-lovers is a fascinating one, for sure. It’s also nice to see the diversity in the story, both in terms of race, and then in terms of minor queer representation—that latter one always makes readers like myself feel included. Thanks so much for the thoughtful review, Kasey, and take care!

    • Kasey says:

      I’ve only read a couple of other MG rom-coms, but I think this one is my favorite so far. Yes! I fully agree with your thoughts about representation. Thanks, Max. 🙂

  4. Carol Baldwin says:

    Interesting book and take on the Cupid theme. I like how you have content notes in your reviews. The two men committing to a romantic relationship left a few questions for me. Is this a relationship between them? That would affect if I would read or recommend this book. Happy MMGM!

    • Kasey says:

      Thanks, Carol. Yes, the two men are in a relationship with each other. I get that it changes who you’d recommend to– I live in a pretty conservative town. I can’t help feeling that it’s sad, though, that having queer minor characters simply existing is a reason people would refuse to read a lovely book.

  5. I haven’t read very many middle-grade romances, but this sounds so sweet and entertaining I might just have to pick it up. Something I really appreciate about your reviews is the content notes; it’s useful to know exactly what to expect and who I can recommend this book to. Great review!

    • Kasey says:

      Thanks, Aelyn. Yeah, different readers are ready for different books at different times, aren’t they? It’s always my hope that the content notes help readers choose books they’ll love.

  6. I have this one on my “To Be Read” list and appreciate your thoughtful critique of the story line and characters. Thanks for the post and I hope you are having a Happy MMGM!