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Love & Other Curses

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The Weyward family has been haunted by a curse for generations—if a Weyward falls in love before their seventeenth birthday, the person they love dies. Sam doesn’t plan to fall for anyone in the nine weeks before his birthday. He’ll spend his time working at the Eezy-Freeze with his dad; cooking up some midsummer magic with his grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-gre ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 9th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Hal Schrieve
Nov 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Content warning: this review contains spoilers and references to NSFW content+suicidal characters. I am convinced that the spoilers and content is necessary for a complete review that will be useful to readers, librarians, and to the author.

Sam is a gay boy in a small town in upstate New York, and his life–while fulfilling–is pretty full of secrets. At home, he avoids telling his three magic-practicing, pie-eating grandmothers that he spends much of his free time at the Shangri-La, his town’s on
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Danielle Chambers
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
3.5

This is less of a love story and more of a finding yourself story. I was drawn into this book because it's description vaguely reminded me of The Raven Cycle with the love curse. I was surprised to actually see TRC mentioned in the book.

This book wasn't what I was expecting, but it wasn't bad. I enjoyed the story. I liked it more at the end than I did throughout. I was kind of worried about where it was headed with the potential love interest for a while. Their relationship didn't seem exact
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Anita Delp
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this book! Written in a comfortable style with some familiar movements and themes, it is easy to read without thinking too hard about what is actually happening. However, if you really, really read it the colors are blindingly vivid! So many issues are touched on without digging too deeply. There is something to be learned by everyone who peeks between the covers.

Sam's family knows he is gay. While they don't actively object, and they obviously love him and support him, they don't seem t
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Malanie
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtqia, young-adult
ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

This book is very hard for me to review, because the relationship between Tom and Sammy was SO UNHEALTHY. The plot made me sad, and never felt resolved.

There's amazing rep ((which we need more of in YA lit!!)):

*MC, Sammy, is a gay cisgender boy + does drag
*love interest, Tom, is a straight transboy

And I assumed, okay, so the "love" mentioned in the title must be platonic and there's going to be a strong friendship.

Because romance/sex w
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Jenni Frencham
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ford, Michael Thomas. Love & Other Curses. HarperCollins, 2019.

Sam's family is under a curse. Every person in his family who falls in love before the age of 17 sees their loved one die. This has happened as far back as anyone in the family can remember. So of course Sam is trying to do everything to stay away from romance for at least a few more weeks. This shouldn't be a problem for the openly gay teen in a small coastal tourist town, until Tom comes into town. And with Tom comes a boatload
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Dahlia
There's a lot about this book I enjoyed, especially the main character's family - both biological and found - and I read the whole thing on a flight, which definitely says a lot for its readability. But it definitely comes with a warning that it's a hotbed of misgendering (pretty much always checked on the page, but also at a point you're just like "What the fuck" because it feels like the MC is completely unwilling to commit shit that really matters to the people he loves to memory) and deadnam ...more
Andy Winder
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This book! Features an unrequited crush! Between a gay cis man and a straight trans man! Can you tell how excited I am for this?? Even though it's not quite romance, it's still important representation. I'm still waiting for the day the YA romance between a cis and trans guy will come out like my teenage self always wanted but baby steps. Love & Other Curses also discusses drag culture and the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.

This is something I mentioned earlier, bu
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Jamie
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book probably has two or three two many things going on for it, but it made my heart SING. It's a smart and open look at what life for a gay kid can be these days. Sam is still questioning what his particular version of gayness is, and where he fits in the world. His grandmothers are like the witches from Hocus Pocus, so delightfully nutty and adorable. The friendship Sam creates with Tom is handled with a deftness I haven't seen in many books, much less a YA one, and I enjoy that Tom is a ...more
Leah
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a really interesting read - the representation was incredible, but I will say it was a bit transphobic, with Sam using incorrect pronouns numerous times which I could understand if he learned his lesson the first time, but it’s something he continued to do, which was disappointing. I hope this maybe gets fixed before the book comes out next year.

The magical aspect I loved, I loved Sam most of the time, but he could be fairly vicious and there was a particular exchange with Tom that left
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Annie (Diverse Reads)
Please note, according to this early review, the protagonist of this books misuses pronouns for drag queens, even after being informed, and has a transgender character - li? - who is deadnamed and misgendered by their transmisic parents.
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Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than fifty books, for both young readers and adults, in genres ranging from humor to horror, literary fiction to nonfiction. As a writer for young adults he is the author of the popular "Circle of Three" series (writing as Isobel Bird); nonfiction books about spirituality (Paths of Faith), the AIDS crisis (Voices of AIDS), and the gay community (The World ...more