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Love & Other Curses

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  24 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
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Noa ☁️
*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
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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
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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
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Danielle Chambers
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Malanie
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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
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 discus
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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
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Ivy
Jan 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: coming-soon-19
This sounds completely cheesy, but I'm a big fan of the cover. That's basically my requirements for books to read in 2019:
- queer?
AND/OR
- good good cover boy?
Andy Winder
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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Leah
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.
Courtney Smith
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq, ya, gender
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
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OneMamaReads
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
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Thamy
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,
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Jamie
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenn
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[@hccfrenzy sent me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!]
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Love & Other Curses is magical, queer, heartfelt and hopeful. Ford managed to explore sexuality and pronouns and what it means to be family in a very open and real way. There is room for mistakes and growth in every situation. Though there is conflicts and sadness in this book, it ended on a satisfying and hopeful note.
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4/5 stars!
Love & Other Curses is available 04/09/19.
Ashley Redhead
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I received this ARC and wasn’t sure what to expect so I was excited.
I had a hard time connecting with the MC Sam Weyward. I feel like his character was selfish at many points in the book and didn’t like how he went about things. He had met Tom Swift and I didnt like the way he treated him. I get that people get mad at each other but I feel as if he could’ve done things differently.

I really enjoyed the magic parts and wish they had more in it. I also really enjoyed reading a book that had drag
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Sassafras Lowrey
This is going to be one of my favorite books of 2019. The characters are fantastic, Ford has written about small town queerness, multi-generational queer frienships and family formation in ways I've almost never seen written about and in ways I'm pretty sure I've never seen in YA. This book tackles queerness, gender, attraction, family and identity in really powerful ways.
Lia
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked some parts of this, like the plotlines with the drag queens, Linda, and the magic. The ending was nice, and I liked Hatch. The whole thing with Tom Swift was not done well at all. I wish there was more about the Grands, and Sam finding his own identity.
Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
Not gonna lie, I skimmed the last half of this novel. This book as a whole wasn't bad, I actually enjoyed a lot of it, but the middle was pretty slow and cliche. Solid three stars.
Alyssa Cohen
This was cute, but just OK IMO. Full review coming soon!
Leigh
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Happy book birthday to Love & Other Curses, and thank you to HarperCollins Canada for the advance copy!

I’ve been trying to think of a good way to describe this story, and I think I’m going to go with: Jeff Zentner writes Practical Magic. In case you didn’t know, I love both those things! So obviously, I really enjoyed this book.

The blurb on the back cover sounds rather lighthearted, but the story itself is a bit more heavy and serious. It mentions romance, but it’s not really about Sam falli
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Malena Peña
rated it it was amazing
Feb 28, 2019
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Apr 16, 2019
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Oct 22, 2018
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rated it it was ok
Apr 20, 2019
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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