A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV's Teen Mom.
People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.
Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.
A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?
This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn't reciprocate her feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny--perfect for fans of Katie McGarry's novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.
Aaryn, the son of Eros, flubs his final exam to become a god when he shoots only half of a human couple with a love arrow in a high school parking lot. One year later, Karma Clark, an aspiring dancer with her eye on a scholarship to an arts school in New York City, now has a baby daughter, Nell, and an unshakable love for her emotionally distant and unfaithful boyfriend, Danny. Eros sends Aaryn to Earth in human form to rectify his mistake, but if Aaryn fails to persuade Danny to propose to Karma, Aaryn will be sent to Blackout, where "failed gods go as humans, their memories wiped." When Danny announces his plans to attend college in Louisiana, a forbidden romance develops between Aaryn and Karma. Alternating between the perspectives of Karma and Aaryn, Gorzelanczyk's debut blends a light myth-meets-modern premise with weightier reflections about the struggles of a teenage parent. While the dialogue and banter are entertaining, the unsurprising, rushed resolution and thinly developed characters are less successful. Ages 14 up.