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The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,822 ratings  ·  434 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley returns with this sweet, queer rom-com about a high school musical’s stage manager and lead actress, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Nina LaCour.

Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. Lead actor need a breath mint? She’s on it. Understudy bust a seam? Mel’s sewing kit is at the ready
ebook, 464 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by HarperTeen
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Miranda Reads
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

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Feb 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
queer theatre kids queer theatre kids QUEER THEATRE KIDS
Melody, stage manager extraordinaire???? You cannot tell me that this book wasn't written specifically for me, Jamie, also stage manager extraordinaire (or so I like to think).
I’m sad because I really, really wanted to like this book. As soon as I learned about it I was so excited to read it because 1) sapphic romance, 2) theater kids and especially 2.5) backstage theater kids, 3) they’re doing Les Mis!! my fav musical!! and 4) a curse? ooooh sounds mysterious!

Sadly, the more I read, the less I enjoyed it. The biggest problem for me, was that I just couldn’t stand Melody, our main character. Which, when you don’t like the main character in a story, it’ll be way more d
Leah Waters
I LOVED this book! Which I honestly didn't expect because I don't care about theater at all, but this book was such a joy to read. I highly recommend it to fans of rom coms, contemporary, theater--or just reading in general. :) ...more
Larry H
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, queer, YA rom-com with theater kids performing Les Miserables , plus a theater curse? Sign me up for Robin Talley's The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre !!

The Beaconville High School theater program is well-known. Many of their shows have won awards through the years, and some students have gone on to bigger and better things. But a lot of peculiar things happen during productions, so each year the cast and crew have to follow a lot of superstitions to try and pacify the “theater curse
The Nerd Daily
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Alexandra Nae

Before picking up this book, I wondered, “will this be my new favourite?”. I asked myself that question because everything about The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is right up on my alley and I was really looking forward to reading it. Now that I’ve finished it, I have the answer to that innocent question: a big fat YES.

With humour and wit, great writing style, relatable characters, irresistible and swoony sapphic romance, and a flai
Lizzie Rhoades
Was this cute? Absolutely. And I was enjoying it all through the first half. But I hate the ending. To me, having Mel apologize to the whole cast and crew constantly for things that weren't her fault was ridiculous. Yes, she made some mistakes, and obviously lying isn't cool, but the crew and cast put a huge amount of blame on someone who gave 200% to the show. Nobody else took any responsibility for their parts in this. It switched to a moral of "things don't have to be perfect" at the end and ...more
It's been a while since I've read a book I've disliked this much. I felt like it would never end, it was physically painful to read this. It's entirely too long for a YA contemporary, but I would never complain about that if it was good. But it really, really wasn't. I was bored out of my mind reading this, and the writing was awful and just... made no sense at times. I've loved Robin Talley's historical fiction novels I've read (Pulp and Music From Another World), but I really wouldn't recommen ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a lovely, sweet sapphic read and I had such a good time reading it. If you’re looking for something fun, lighthearted, queer, and totally theatre geek centred this is the perfect book for you.
Rebecca | Velvet Opus
There's no such thing as a perfect show...

This YA sapphic romance was super cute! It's got queer theatre kids, a production of Les Mis and strong teenage friendships. There's SO much theatre drama, with superstitions and rivalries between the cast and backstage crew, and the ROMANCE! It's fabulous!

I read this via the Libby App.
A sweet and diverse YA theater romance

Melody McIntyre loves theater with all her heart. She puts everything she has into her role as stage manager for her high school's productions. But when Mel's love life affects her latest show, she realizes that maybe her romances and the success of the shows go hand in hand. After all, it's pretty well known that their theater is cursed. So Mel swears off love for their current spring production of Les Miserables. Then she meets Odile Rose, a rising actor,
Huge thank you to HarperCollins for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!

I’ll hand it to Robin Talley- for someone who was not part of high school theatre, she certainly can write the outrageous amount of unworthy stress that theatre kids put on themselves in a truthful manner. The first chapter of this book is oddly one of the most stressful things I’ve ever read? The mere thought of someone breaking up with a stage manager DURING a show while they are ACTIVELY CALLING CUES made m
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars

After reading Robin Talley's "Music from another world", I was really excited to read this book! A queer romance based on a school production of Les Miserables? What's not to like?! Sadly quite a bit...

Firstly the things I enjoyed. This was a fun book, it made me smile and I did enjoy reading it.
I haven't read a YA book so focused on theatre (especially backstage) before so that was really interesting. Also I adore Les Miserables so I enjoyed all the references and could picture the set a
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very different in terms of style than the books I’m usually reading, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. I found the writing to be refreshing and perhaps that’s due to it being YA, but it’s definitely also down to the writer.

Melody is the stage manager for the performing arts productions at her high school. She’s known as a serial monogamist, even as a junior. Like most people involved in theatre she follows a number of superstitions and her crew manages to convince her that for the sak
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me so stressed out! The lying, the drama, the mishaps, I swear I was about to tear my hair out!

Also, I don't know who I am this month having read two books revolving around acting and plays, the other book being Roman and Jewel. Not to mention the fact that I liked both of them!

I will say that this was a really fun and addictive read. I was questioning many of our MC's decisions, but this is a YA book and insta-love and friend drama is prevalent. The fact that I was so invested in
Alice 🌙
525 ⭐
This was so cute! It made my nerdy theater heart so happy haha.
sirius proserpine
oh my god it’s queer theater kids

the only part of this that turned me off and made it 4 stars instead of 5 was the section written entirely in dialogue. it really annoyed me and made it hard to read. otherwise, 5/5. was mel really fucking annoying? yes! but she was trying, and i can vibe with that. also, i just really liked the concept :,)
Amanda Belcher
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia, 2021, romance, ya
Well, this was absolutely delightful. God, I miss theatre.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
theater but make it extra gay
Alexa Blart, Library Cop
Pandered directly to the former theatre kid in me, but with a cute queer couple. Needless to say, I loved it.
"If I fall in love, the musical's doomed."

A young adult rom com in which the stage manager, who everybody says is cursed, falls in love with one of the actresses and shenanigans ensue.

The book was structured beautifully, and reading it was a breeze (even though it felt quite long for a light rom com). The romance part was of course my favorite part, as it has a tiny bit of forbidden romance vibe to keep you on your toes. Mel and Odile are really super sweet with each other and communicate i
Jul 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable and dramatic celebration of musical theatre !!

Melody McIntyre has a lot of love to give, and she definitely falls easily. With her dedication to stage management and love of musical theatre, her ex's can't help but feel a little forgotten. With theatre superstitions running wild, her theatre friends decide that Melody needs to not fall in love during a show, because things seem to go horribly wrong, when she is dating someone. Melody thinks that's an easy ask, and stage management c
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-books
This book was so cute! Always wanted a wlw theater ya novel and I would have devoured this book in high school
Maddy Mitchell
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this wonderful story! This is my first ARC review as well, and it's a memorable one at that. I've not a huge YA collection but The Love Cure of Melody McIntyre had everything in it that I'd consider to make a successful YA novel: I'm going to take inspiration from Melody's highly organised bullet-points here:

1. An exciting theme of theatre: the school's productions offered a wonderful sense of close-knit scenes that made for an excellent mix of the bubbling
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay. Off to the barricades: Let’s talk about "The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre"!

Did you ever ask yourself if a book was especially written for you? I did and "The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre" was one of them! This book got me helpless, I just HAD to love it. My inner musical-gay-heart was thriving the whole time whilst reading!💕

The book was full of musical references and oh damn, I LOVED it! Even tho I have to (re-)listen to all of them immediately now!😂

The ch
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love theatre
Shelves: lgbtq-plus
cute & fun romance! i loved learning more about theatre through the book and it was so intriguing to see how much work goes into a musical! melody's friends were super annoying throughout most of the book though, especially gabby. ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

3.5 - 4 stars

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a fun rom-com that brings all of the drama of high school theater mixed with queer characters. The story follows Melody McIntyre, the stage manager for their school's theater performances. Their theater is deemed cursed after a fire burned it down years ago during a play that shall not be named. Now, in the present time, events occur that are random with no e
Bad bad bad, hate hate hate.

I'm tentatively giving this book 2 stars for being bad without being downright offensive, but it was almost offensively bad, to be honest and I might bump it down to one depending on how pissed I am at it in a few days' time. I definitely had a one star time with it, except for the bit where I got to roast it mercilessly over messenger with Emma. That was a good time. Everything else? An extremely bad time.

To be fair, I picked this book up with pretty cynical expectat
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