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About the Book


It’s not that A.J. McCreary is ignoring the real cupid who flits into her life, she just wants him to focus and do his job — get Peter Terris, the best guy in school, to fall in love with her.

Imagine having your own personal cupid–the actual winged being–pop into your life and offer to make your dreams come true. There’s one catch. He can help you in only one way: artistically, academically, or romantically. That’s what happens to aspiring photographer Allison Jean (A.J.) McCreary. A.J. knows she should concentrate on getting into art school, but then there’s handsome hunk Peter Terris…And with just one shot from cupid’s bow–thwonk!  A.J.’s life will change forever.

  • Nominated for 6 state awards
  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • An ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Young Adults
  • A YALSA Popular Paperback

"This wacky ride through affairs of the heart never grows predictable!"
-- Kirkus Reviews, pointer

"Bauer's buoyant narrative will elicit chuckles as it delivers its message (thwonk!) with the accuracy of a well-aimed arrow from Cupid."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Joan Bauer is a very funny writer."
-- the Los Angeles Times on THWONK

"Bauer's forcefully funny writing remains stylish from start to finish."
-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books