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The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  883 ratings  ·  259 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

Just finished an Unboxing and Review Video for the December, January, Holiday and New Year's boxes from Once Upon a Book Club!

Feb 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
queer theatre kids queer theatre kids QUEER THEATRE KIDS
May 13, 2020 marked it as tbr-arc
making all the gays hate me by bragging i have an e-arc of this 😎
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).
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
Alice 🌙
525 ⭐
This was so cute! It made my nerdy theater heart so happy haha.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
theater but make it extra gay
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
"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
Amanda Belcher
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2021, lgbtqia, romance
Well, this was absolutely delightful. God, I miss theatre.
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.
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
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 :,)
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: slut shaming

More like a 3.5

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a charming queer theater rom-com. I've only been exposed to the theater world at a glance, having done a few plays in high school, but there's a lot that goes on for a production. We never even had half as many special effects as the productions in the book! It's a love letter to drama, the power of belief, and figur
Before I dived into this book, I wondered if it will be my next favorite read.

Now that I've finished it, I know the answer: a big fat YES.

This book was so good, and so funny, and so gay, I can't help but love it so much! From the writing style, the tone, the chemistry of the main characters, the romance, the plot, the theatricality of it all, everything! I knew I would like this book, but I didn't expect to love it this much. Definitely not complaining though!

Full review will be posted soon on T
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unpopular opinion time: I intensely dislike books about theater kids. (It's why I have been avoiding reading Becky Albertalli's Kate in Waiting) Trope-wise they always have self-involved kids who only care about themselves, making their actions more selfish and immature than the average YA character.

Melody McIntyre is not the exception to the rule. In the very first scene of the book she gets publicly and dramatically dumped by her girlfriend in the middle of their school's production of Romeo a
Max Heimowitz
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I fall in the love, the musical's doomed.

A stage manager falls for an actress during a production of Les Misérables, and due to long-held superstitions, all sorts of disasters ensue. You see, at Melody McIntyre's high school, the theater is supposedly cursed, ever since a disastrous production that led to the theater burning to the ground many, many years ago -- each production since has invited its own set of unruly shenanigans. And this year's production is no different.

The best part of thi
Selene Velez
Overview: 4.0/5 🌟
Age Range: 13+

Brief Summary:

'The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre' follows high school junior and the drama program's stage manager Melody (Mel) McIntyre as she tries to avoid cursing their upcoming production of Les Mis by falling in love with one of the lead actresses. Now, how could Mel being in love sabotage her school's production? Well, every time Melody is in a relationship with someone from the crew, something terrible happens during the show. And as theatre superstitions g
Manon the Malicious
*4.5 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a YA romance about - you guessed it - Melody McIntyre.
Melody is the stage manager at her school. In the middle of the fall play Premiere, her girlfriend makes a scene and breaks up with her while the entire teams hears it and it also causes her to mess up the lights she is in charge of. (I'm still angry about it tbh)
Anyway, since it's communally known that the school theater is cu
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