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Chance César is fabulously gay, but his gender identity—or, as he phrases it, “being stuck in the gray area between girl and boy”—remains confusing. Nonetheless, he struts his stuff on the catwalk in black patent leather pumps and a snug-in-all-the-right (wrong)-places orange tuxedo as the winner of this year’s Miss (ter) Harvest Moon Festival. He rules supreme at the ...more
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Published August 27th 2018 by NineStar Press (first published June 1st 2015)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~3.5~

If you read and liked Mia Kerick’s

The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick

Love Spells is a MUST read.

Told from Chance’s first person POV, Love Spells is funny, quirky, and poignant.

Chance, a senior in high school, and his bestie, Emily, navigate love, pumpkin festivals, and bullies.

Chance wants the Pumpkin Carving King to fall for him. To succeed, Chance tries every trick he reads in an article about how to win a man’s heart … every one except the last: BE YOURSELF.

In an effort to make Jazz (Jasper to everyone but Chance)
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Kaje Harper
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's great to see a YA book with a flamboyant young guy as the main character. Even more so, to see a main character who is gender-fluid (although Chance is still struggling with gender labels, including that one.) So much LGBTQ YA fiction seems so determined to show that gay and lesbian teens are "just like all other teens" that it actively shies away from butch girls and flamboyant boys. And in so doing, effectively devalues them.

I love finding books that happily give us characters across the
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wesley

Mia Kerick sure is consistent when it comes to her first-person POVs – her narrators deliver in accordance to their personality and are in no way dependent of the author’s. I’ve also read her One Voice series (with 3 first-person perspectives) and The Red Sheet and it always feels like different authors are responsible for each POV. Like there is no trace of Mia Kerick at all. And I think that is how you establish that it’s hers – by having you convinced that this particular character is the one

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Paul
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought_it
I am a Mia fan and I loved this book. Maybe because I still remember the confusion, internal questions and trying to decide which "label" fit me. If you have not been there, this book gives a pretty accurate look at what it is like to be neither boy or girl, but somewhere in the middle and mostly just confused and afraid... it's not a great way to go through high school and I'm glad Chance had Emily. I don't know if I'd have made it without my friend Sandy :)

Congrats Mia!! My greatest wish is
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Eli Easton
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this book a big, honking 5 stars, and I would give it more if I could. Mia Kerick is a truly talented writer who deserves the accolades she's gotten. I loved her "Us Three". "Love Spell" is much less sexual (in fact, there's nothing in it but a peck kiss at the end). But it has loads and loads of personality. This is a YA book that actually seems like it would have true value for any teen questioning their sexuality and gender identity. The plot is well-constructed for a rom-com, with ...more
Breann
3.5

Love Spell is a super fun, young adult novel with a great message.

Chance can't help but be himself. He's bullied and tortured for it, but he still puts himself out there regardless of the ridicule. I have to just love and admire him for all his strength. Lord knows, I would not be that brave.

During the Harvest Moon Festival he meets Jasper. A cute boy he's never noticed before (*gasp*). He also notices that the interest is reciprocated. Jasper's got his eye on Chance and Chance is going to
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Tess
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars* Totes Adorbs!!

This is a YA romance that you won't be afraid to let your teenagers read -- in fact, you should get them to read this! Chance Cesar is a high school senior who is very "out" but is struggling with his gender identity. He knows he's gay, but does he want to be a boy, a girl or something in between?

This story is told in first person from Chance's POV. There are lots of inner monologues and the (totes randatorbs) glossary at the end is fucker-nelly mandatorbs! The way
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Mtsnow13
4.5 of 5 stars

So. What did I think. Well, for starters, I was immediately intrigued with what I would consider an almost spastic, ADHD, very self-centered, but in his head if not actions, sincere young Chance. He at first came off as abrasive, over-confident, peckish, and an all around 'queen bee' to me! At first I didn't think I'd like him very much as so much if the story seemed to be all about him, and not in a good way.

But, slowly, we are seeing the layers peel back to a young man that is
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Kimberly Hicks
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kimberly by: Author, Mia Kerick
Shelves: read-on-kindle
Before I delve into this great story, I want to first tell you how I came upon receiving this novel. Mia Kerick, the author of Love Spell, wrote me one of the nicest emails in the comment section of Mello & June’s blog. She not only took the time to give me some background into her writing career, she went the extra mile to tell me something about herself and about the genre in which she enjoys writing. When I realized what her novel was about, immediately I began thinking, “Umm, I don’t ...more
J.S. Frankel
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone in the LGBT readership community...and in the straight community as well.
I received this novel from the author in exchange for a fair review.

It didn't take me very long to read Love Spell, and if I could give six stars for the sheer audacity of this novel, I would. It's that flamboyant, audacious, outright raunchy and funny. It's also a hell of an observation on human nature.

Chance Cesar is a gender fluid senior in high school who identifies as gay most of the time, as female some of the time, and as something else pretty much whenever he feels like it. (But don't
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Sophia
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, review-requests
I saw the blurb on this one and was pulled in by wanting to see what happens in this curious story about a teen who is still figuring stuff out. I've never read a story about a gender fluid person, but I have known one. And this person was a teen at the time and they struggled, painfully. While this story makes it clear that such a life is hard and confusing, it is also told with a lighter touch full of hope. I was really cheering on Chance to find the way to contentment and some happy.

The story
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Booker21
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mia Kerick’s cleverness and wit are more evident than ever in her most recent publication. Kerick’s new YA novel, “Love Spell,” goes above and beyond in its informational, enjoyable and hilarious attributes. I hope that “Love Spell” acts as a printed haven for LGBTQ adolescents and young adults, who too experience the same mental turmoil as Kerick’s main character, Chance César.

Chance César, a high schooler living in a country-town in New Hampshire, struggles with his own gender fluidity, thus,
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Mia Kerick
May 19, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
KIRKUS REVIEWS (Here is the Kirkus Review of Love Spell by Mia Kerick)
LOVE SPELL
Kerick, Mia CoolDudes Publishing June 1, 2015
BOOK REVIEW
A teenage boy has a crush on a fellow student in Kerick’s (The Red Sheet, 2014, etc.) first-person YA charmer.
High schooler Chance César is no shrinking violet—not with his “hair dyed the flamboyant shade of a Cheez Doodle” and most certainly not while wearing “a scandalously snug-in-all-the-wrong (right)-places orange tuxedo and four-inch black pumps” while
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Jamie Deacon
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Love Spell' is somewhat of a departure from this author's previous books. I've grown accustomed to her tackling weighty topics, whether sexual abuse or the struggle to reconcile religion and homosexuality, and so was pleasantly surprised when I picked this up. Though this novella touches on some important issues, those of gender identity and learning to be true to oneself, it's also packed with moments ranging from the laugh-out-loud to the downright cringeworthy, and the overall feel is one of ...more
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
When I started reading Love Spell, I wasn't a fan of Chance's lingo; however, his manner of speech grew on me. To be fair, I'm not a fan of some of the slang used today though I suspect adults felt the same way about it when I was a teenager.

I really liked that Chance was the main character and not relegated to being somebody's sidekick. He had a lot of exploration ahead of him because not only was he a teenager searching for his identity but also figuring out whether he feels he's male or
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Jerry
I received a copy to review for Rainbow Awards

8 Plot Development
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9 Characters Development
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Written from a waaaay out veeerrryyyy fem teenage kid with his first real crush. A turn off to start, then I warmed up. Still would not go out of my way, but somehow these over-the-top ideas can be a good show.
Roberta Blablanski
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Man, that cover is gorgeous!

Kerick is a master at creating fabulously sassy and unique characters, and Chance, the star of Love Spell, fits the bill. He is "a boy without a box”, and struggling with gender identity. I loved his outrageous personality, his outlandish crazy sense of style, and all the pop culture references. His best friend, Emily, on the other hand, becomes a little too over-the-top about halfway through the story. I could have used less of her silly made up words and
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Evelyn Shepherd
I was given a copy of this book for free in order to receive a fair and honest review. My receiving this book in no way affects my opinion of the story. Original review found on blog This review was done by guest review Alexa Graham. Follow her blog for more on her.

Mia Kerick’s Love Spell is a quirky, entertaining read, and one that addresses issues that are drastically underrepresented in YA fiction. The main character, high school senior Chance Cesar, not only identifies as homosexual, but
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Veronica of V's Reads
4.5 stars for this clean YA LGBTQ contemporary romance.

Chance Cesar is an out gay teen, a senior in his rural New Hampshire high school and the new Miss Harvest Moon. That's right, he was voted to be the pageant queen, as a cruel joke, but he werks it, strutting down the aisle in an orange tux and black pumps. That's how we meet Chance, and henceforth his fabulousness cannot be denied.

Chance has always known he's attracted to boys/men, but he's still not clear on his gender identity. He
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Mike Oaks
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totes Adorbs

Mia Kerick must have cast a spell on me because I loved this book. Funny and sassy Chance needs to read better magazines if he’s going to use their “list for getting a guy”. You know that can only spell D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R.

Fast pace and fun to read. No tears from me, but I did get a little throat soreness. 4.0 for Cracker Tranquilizers.
Diane
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chance has long felt (for all of his young life, actually) that he's caught between genders and 'neither fish nor fowl', but he's been pegged as gay and in his rural high school the other kids, sensing that his gender isn't clear, avoid him.

But the real trouble begins when he meets a boy who returns his love at the Harvest Moon Festival, and decides to make his underlying differences more public.

Love Spell is his exploration of gender, being gay, coming out, and most of all, surviving in a
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Jay M.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mia Kerick hits another one out of the park with Love Spell. When gender-bending/fluid/queer/something or other Chance Cesar meets Jasper Donahue after Chance's win as the Pumpkin Pageant Queen, he decides that Jasper WILL become his first boyfriend. That is, if he can figure out how to make it happen. Mia takes us on a journey of questioning, pain, and insecurity through the struggles of two very different teenagers in a very real way. You can feel Chance's hurt as each and every googled step ...more
Pjm12
This is a light read, but that doesn't mean Chance's identity crisis should be taken lightly. He really does struggle with how to label himself, and I am really glad that he finds some self-acceptance by the end.

The use of the article that is supposed to help him snag his crush is an interesting device because it also reflects his own internal struggles. There is some very dodgy advice (use manipulation), which fortunately Chance abandons, but the one sensible statement 'be yourself', is largely
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Nina Ivanova
Full review/Цялото ревю - click, click

Note: I received a free copy of the book in exchange of my honest review

After-read thoughts:
The first few chapters I was feeling bit weird. I couldn't figure where, why and what was going on. There was some kind of festival, but it didn't seem to be at school, and what exactly it was about anyway. It took me some time to find my pace. My first impression of Chance as a character (and a person) was of someone I'll probably like, surely admire, but most
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Skirmish
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: halcyon-days, lgbtq
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Rating: 3.5 Stars - that place between like and love

I received a copy of Love Spell from NineStar Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Book Review
Title: Love Spell
Author: Mia Kerick
Genre: YA/Contemporary/Romance/LGBTQ+
Rating: ***
Review: The opening to Love Spell was, we are introduced to Chance César who has to one of the most flamboyant characters I have ever read from but when he is crowned Miss Harvest Moon as a joke he takes it all in his stride. We also meet Jasper (Jazz) Donahue, who was one of the people that voted for Chance but not in a vicious way, he actually voted for Chance because he felt that Chance would best
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Ulysses Dietz
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Spell

By Mia Kerick

Four stars


It’s so great when an author can take the YA/LGBT novel and make it fresh and appealing. Personally, I never get tired of seeing the awkward loneliness of my own teenage years filtered through another teen’s eyes; and Mia Kerick has managed to give my ancient anxieties a totally new spin.

Chance César (really? Say it fast) is very gay. And very flamboyant. He’s been voted Miss Harvest Moon of his small New Hampshire town, and instead of letting it become a cruel
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books are love
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfully funny lighthearted book that tells the story of chance and how he journeys to realize that being confused about himself is okay and that he doesn’t have to fit in a category but just be himself.

Chance is a snarky fun gay young man who is out and proud and shakes things up. He becomes Miss Harvest moon and captures the eye of Jasper. In his efforts to capture Jasper in his heart he follows these rules from a online dating column to get him. Except along the way he journeys
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Sally
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
QUILTBAG Content: Well, Love Spell offers us (first and foremost) a gender-fluid young gay man who thinks "Gender Labels Suck Donkey Balls." He’s out (other kids call him girly-boy), he’s proud (a self-professed queen), and he’s infatuated with a boy named Jazz. As for Jazz, he’s friendly and kind of shy, but Chance can’t figure out whether he’ll “desire a sexily feminine Chance, a boyishly charming Chance, or no Chance at all, because he isn't gay.”

Fetish Content: Actually, despite this being
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Cathy Brockman
The story begins with Chance strutting his stuff being voted as Miss(ter) Harvest Moon. It was meant to be a prank and insult since Chance is openly, flamboyantly gay, but he loved every minute of it.. Not only is he gay, he is confused by his gender. Sometimes he feels more like a girl at others he feels very much like a boy. This makes it even harder for him to think about relationships since he isn’t sure another man would be able to understand and accept him.
At the festival, he meets Jasper
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and
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