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Love & Other Curses

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  397 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Hal Schrieve
Nov 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bad-trans-rep
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
Jun 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 50%

I have a lot of feelings about this book and there were many things I didn’t like. I’m not even gonna bother focusing on the things that were okay or done well, because I‘m choosing to focus on the negatives & potentially harmful content.

In regards to the writing:
- The writing was terrible. The sentence structure was so poor that it was difficult, clunky, and sometimes confusing to read. I wondered many times why the author chose to write like this, if it was supposed to come across
*ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

This was such a disappointment.

The story in itself wasn't bad. I liked the plot, the characters seemed cool and diverse (drag, trans and gay rep) which was amazing. There were some elements that would've made me absolutely love this book which is why this is super bittersweet. This book had a real opportunity to win me over : it has magic, multidimensional characters, great rep that I had never seen before (it's my fault 100%).

But tha
Eliza Rapsodia
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Eliza by: Nobody
E-ARC provided by Edelweiss+ in exchange of an honest review

This book caught my attention because of its title and cover and I started to read it without having much idea of what it was about, but I am so glad I did.

The Weywards have lived under a curse for years: if a family member falls in love before the age of seventeen, the loved one dies. Sam Weyward lives in a small town in New York with his father, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. The Grands play cards, eat a l
Anita Delp
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Danielle Chambers

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
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
Oda Renate
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Honestly I thought it was fine.
It got 2 not three because some aspects about it I HATED. others were just simply fine.
Tasya Dita
I received an e-arc of this book from Edelweiss plus in exchange for an honest review

While Love & Other Curses has so many fun things going on with the sassy grandmas and drag queens all around, this book doesn’t shy around from heavy topics such as death, gender and sexuality, as well as being trans and having a drag self. I can’t say how accurate this book is in terms of representation, but I feel like this book gives me some insight and more understanding on the issue. Through this discussion
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This summer is going to be an imortant one for Sammy Weyward, who lives in northern New York state. It is the summer before his senior year, and it wall also include his 17th birthday. While that would be great for most people, but for Sammy and his family, it is particuarly important. They seem to have a familly curse... if anyone in the family falls in love before they turn 17, the person they love will die. That was true for his grand mother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. An ...more
Jenni Frencham
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 of
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An early review outlines how the protagonist misuses pronouns for drag queens, even after being informed, and how a transgender character is deadnamed and misgendered by their transmisic parents.
I really loved this book. There was a lot to it, with many important relationships in Sam's life. There were plenty of plot twists, mistakes, and interesting revelations along the way to keep the pages turning. I am a fan of Michael Thomas Ford, and this one was very riveting.
A.M. Johnson
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. Every Second!
Roger Hyttinen
This follows Sam Wayward, an almost 17-year-old gay boy who's anxiously awaiting his 17th birthday, which is 9 days away. Because you see, Sam's family has been cursed for generations. If a Wayward falls in love before his or her 17th birthday, the person they love dies.

It's worth mentioning that is family is kind of magical — we have several scenes with his Grands — is grandmother, great-grandmother and his great-great-grandmother performing magic and making predictions.

Now Sam isn't too worri
Aug 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is hard to review, mostly because as a cisgender straight female, I don't think I have the experience or the knowledge to determine whether the aspects I found to be problematic are, indeed, problematic. As such, I'm going to go over my problems with the narrative and ONLY the narrative. This includes story, characters, pacing, and writing. I'm not going to discuss trans or gay topics because, and I cannot stress this enough, I have no personal experience (aside from having gay friends) and ...more
Lex Adams
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
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I am going to preface this review with letting you know I am a cisgendered bisexual woman. I’ve read other reviews of this book that bring up how various things are problematic, and I will defer to the greater wisdom of those reviewers who are part of a world that I am not.

That said, I think this book is mis-categorized in my library system. It has a Romance sticker on it, and it’s definitely not a romance. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Sam’s new friend Tom Swift is actually a trans b
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This took me so long to read, holy cow. I was really intrigued by the description of the book when I found it in the library so I decided to give it a shot. The story is about Sam and how he's dealing with a curse that has haunted his family for generations. There was never really any closure about the curse which was a bummer, and we get no closure on Tom Swift. I really wanted to know more about Tom Swift, why he fell in love with Anna-Lynn, what made him who he was. The story really dragged f ...more
Lea Setegn
Magical realism, beautifully done. There were a couple of slow spots but it’s worth pushing through them. And I love the Maggie Stiefvater namecheck!
CJ Connor
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, but I
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different and daring, but only to a point.

I've rounded it down to 3, but it's more like a 3+.

Sam has been helping at the local gay club while he still hasn't found his drag self. When summer comes, it also brings Tom Swift, a trans boy who still couldn't fully transition, since his family doesn't support him. Even though Tom is straight, that doesn't stop Sam from developing a crush, and things only get messier because of a decades-old curse afflicting his superstitious family. According to 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
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I have inadvertently continued a theme with my reading for Pride Month, as this is yet another fantastic LGBT YA title. Though certain parts of it made me a tad bit uncomfortable (mostly the sexual stuff, which I hate reading while in public), I really enjoyed the premise, characters, and overall subject matter of the novel. Like Starworld, this book tackles many issues at once, but I believe they're important issues that teens need to see represented honestly in fiction.

Love and Other Curses fo
I’m not sure how to rate this book tbh. For me, what I Wanted was something lighter than what I got, and if all books could come with an ‘unrequited’ tag next to the romance that would be great, bc I pretty much never want to read an honest look at terrible teens navigating Feelings without that endgame payout. That being said, it had a great soundtrack, which counts for a lot for me (but I’d prefer not to depress myself for the playlist).
Wren Hawke
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, gender, ya
3.5/ 5-

I had this book on my radar for a few months and was SO excited to see it on the shelf! While the main plot line involving the Wayward curse and Sam was very well executed, I'm sad to say that Tom Swift's character was disappointing. It's fabulous to see a trans character as the main romance (woo representation!) but when you throw every kind of stereotype about trans folk into one character, it just feels bad and disingenuous. Its 2019, angsty and sad tropes about LGBTQ people need to st
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars


Sam Weyward lives in a small "summer" town with his three Grands (grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother) and his father. They all live with a curse, placed on the family by a broken hearted best friend, which entails each generation to have to make it to their seventeenth birthday without falling in love (or risk the person they do fall in love with dying a horrible death). Sam is turning seventeen at the end of the summer, he's almost made it past the curse, b
Anna  Collins
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I'm in two minds about this one - I keep going back and forth about whether I enjoyed it or not. I was keen on the premise, but not sure I agreed with how everything fell out.

Things I liked:
- The Dad. Despite Sam saying that it took his Dad a while to come around to him being gay, it was obvious how hard he was trying to support his son. The scene where he was trying to get the right terminology correct was ADORABLE, and the Kiss concert really highlighted the bond they share.
- The Music. The s
Saydie Hillis
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a first for me, as it's one of the only books I've read that made me wish I could give it a 4.5 rather than a four or a five. But, it's a strange book. And wanting to not give it a five isn't because I did not love it. Trust me, I did. I had a hard time getting into it. It was one of those books that take a week to get through those first few chapter, then you finish those last two-thirds in just a couple of hours.

It's not so much about magical happenings as it might lead you to believ
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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

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